Boo! Don’t worry, there’s nothing scary about The Ultimate Halloween Lasagna, except how scary delicious it tastes! Sweet, smooth, autumnal butternut squash is mixed into a herbaceous cream sauce and layered between tender lasagna noodles and savory sausage. A little sharp parmesan cheese and voila! You’ll be admiring its festive orange color and creamy taste long after you’ve finished eating every last bite. The Ultimate Halloween Lasagna will haunt you as only something on Halloween can: by being fun and memorable!

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 (1.5-pound) medium butternut squash, halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 3 tablespoons salted butter, divided
  • 8 ounces sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons fresh sage, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 1/4 cups parmesan cheese, grated and divided
  • 5 no-boil lasagna noodles
  • 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, grated

Directions

Step 1 –Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Step 2 –Brush the olive oil on the cut sides of the squash.

Step 3 –Place the oil-coated squash cut-side down on a baking sheet.

Step 4 –Roast the squash until it is soft and turning brown in some spots, about 35-40 minutes.

Step 5 –Transfer the roasted squash from the oven and then carefully scoop out the flesh into a small bowl.

Step 6 –Mash the squash flesh with a fork.

Step 7 –In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter.

Step 8 –Add the sausage to the skillet and cook, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, about 5 minutes.

Step 9 –Transfer the cooked sausage to a medium bowl.

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Step 10 –Melt the remaining butter in the same pan, still over medium heat, about 1-2 minutes.

Step 11 –Add the onion, the sage, the salt, and the pepper to the melted butter and cook, occasionally stirring, until the onion is softened and caramelized, about 20-25 minutes.

Step 12 –Add the tender onion mixture to the bowl with the cooked sausage.

Step 13 –Add the heavy cream to the same pan and bring to a simmer, still over medium heat.

Step 14 –Whisk the mashed squash into the cream and return the mixture to a simmer.

Step 15 –Transfer the squash mixture from the heat and use an immersion blender to blend the sauce until very smooth.

Step 16 –Return the squash puree to the saucepan over medium heat.

Step 17 –Stir 1 cup of the parmesan into the squash puree until melted.

Step 18 –In a 9×5-inch loaf pan, spoon 1/2 cup of the squash puree.

Step 19 –Top with 1 of the lasagna noodles, 1/4 of the sausage mixture, 1/4 of the mozzarella, and another 1/2 cup of the squash puree.

Step 20 –Repeat the layers 3 more times, ending by topping the lasagna with 1 of the lasagna noodles, the remaining squash puree, and the remaining parmesan.

Step 21 –Bake, uncovered, until the noodles are soft and the cheese on top is bubbly and browned, about 20 minutes.

Step 22 –Let the cooked lasagna rest for 20 minutes.

Step 23 –Serve.