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My Darling Vegan
Vegan Butternut Squash Lasagna

A fall-twist on a classic dish, this Vegan Butternut Squash Lasagna with bechamel sauce is the perfect dish for omnivores and vegans alike. 

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Prep Time:
45 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 30 mins
 
Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 8
Calories: 310 kcal
Author: Sarah McMinn
Ingredients
Lasagna
  • 1 butternut squash
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 cups fresh kale, packed
  • 8 ounces lasagna noodles
Bechamel Sauce
  • 5 tablespoons vegan butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups unsweetened soy milk
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • pinch of salt, to taste
Toppings (Optional)
Instructions
Prepping the Lasagna
  1. To prepare the butternut squash: Preheat the oven to 425. Slice the butternut squash in half, lengthwise. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, sprinkle with garlic, sage, allspice, and salt. Flip the squash over so that the inside is face-down on the baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes, until very tender.
  2. While squash is baking make the Bechamel Sauce (directions below) and prepare the noodles and kale.
  3. To prepare the kale: In a large sauté pan, heat the additional 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-low heat. Add sliced onions and sauté slowly, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes. Once onions are soft and lightly browned, stir in chopped kale. Sauté for another 5 minutes until kale is cooked.
  4. Boil lasagna noodles in a large pot of water according to packaged directions.
  5. When the butternut squash is done, remove from heat and reduce oven to 375 degrees. With a spoon scoop out squash from the skin, and mash. Set aside.

Bechamel Sauce
  1. Heat vegan butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Once butter is melted, add flour and stir over heat for 3-4 minutes, until the mixture is smooth and golden-brown. In another pot, bring milk, minced garlic, nutmeg, and salt to a boil. Add hot milk to butter/flour mixture in 3 batches. Bring to a boil, whisking often, then reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 10 minutes, whisking constantly. Once thick and creamy, remove from heat and set aside. The sauce will continue to thicken as it cools.

Assembling the lasagna
  1. In a 9x13 baking dish, pour a small amount of Bechamel Sauce on the bottom and spread evenly.

  2. Lay down a layer of noodles followed by Bechamel Sauce, mashed butternut squash, and then sautéd kale. Top this with more Bechamel Sauce and repeat the process (see photos above).
  3. Top with the 3rd layer of noodles and the final layer of Bechamel.

  4. Cover in foil and bake for 40 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool 15 minutes before slicing. Top with vegan parmesan cheese and/or parsley and serve.
Nutrition Facts
Calories Per Serving: 310
% Daily Value
Carbohydrates 42g 14%
Protein 10g 20%
Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 2g 13%
Sodium 120mg 5%
Potassium 734mg 21%
Fiber 3g 13%
Sugar 3g 3%
Vitamin A 13900IU 278%
Vitamin C 61.7mg 75%
Calcium 260mg 26%
Iron 2.3mg 13%