Recipe

Pumpkin and goats cheese lasagne

A delightful vegetarian dinner.

  • 2 hrs 20 mins cooking
  • Serves 10
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This vegetarian lasagne is packed full of roasted pumpkin, spinach and goats' cheese for a full flavoured pasta bake the family will love.
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Ingredients

Pumpkin and goats cheese lasagne
  • 2.5 kilograms butternut pumpkin (see tip), peeled, chopped coarsely
  • ⅓ cup (80ml) olive oil
  • 4 medium leeks (1.84kg), sliced thinly
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 kilogram firm ricotta
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon rind
  • 1¼ cups (100g) finely grated parmesan-style cheese
  • 2 cups (500ml) pouring cream
  • ½ cup finely chopped fresh sage
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh chives
  • 6 fresh lasagne sheets (300g)
  • 150 grams soft goat's cheese, crumbled

Method

Pumpkin and goats cheese lasagne
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 200°C.
  • 2
    Line a large roasting pan with baking paper. Place pumpkin in pan; drizzle with 2 tablespoons of the oil. Season; cover with foil. Bake for 45 minutes or until very tender. Cool. Working in batches, place pumpkin in a large sieve over a bowl; drain off excess liquid. Transfer pumpkin to a bowl; mash with a potato masher.
  • 3
    Heat remaining oil in a large frying pan over medium heat; cook leek and garlic, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until soft. Add leek mixture to mashed pumpkin with nutmeg; season to taste. Stir to combine.
  • 4
    Process ricotta, egg yolks and rind, in batches, until smooth. Transfer mixture to a large bowl. Add 1 cup (80g) of the parmesan, the cream and herbs; stir to combine. Season.
  • 5
    Oil a 24cm x 30cm, 3.5-litre (14-cup) ovenproof dish. Place 2 lasagne sheets in base of dish, trimming to fit. Spoon over a third of the ricotta mixture; smooth the surface. Top with half the pumpkin mixture. Repeat layering, finishing with remaining third of ricotta mixture. (Lasagne will have three layers of pasta, three layers of ricotta mixture and two layers of pumpkin.) Sprinkle with goat's cheese and remaining parmesan. Cover lasagne surface with baking paper; cover dish tightly with foil.
  • 6
    Bake lasagne for 50 minutes. Remove foil and paper; bake for a further 15 minutes or until golden and hot. Stand for 10 minutes.

Notes

You need about 2½ small whole butternut pumpkins for this recipe.Lasagne can be prepared to the end of step 5 a day ahead; refrigerate, covered

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