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Pumpkin, Swiss Chard and Sausage Lasagna

Creamy layers of pasta, savory pumpkin parmesan cream, Swiss chard and Italian sausage.
Course Main Course, Pastabake
Cuisine Italian/American
Keyword pumpkin sausage lasagna, pumpkin lasagna, lasagna
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 651kcal
Author Kelly ~ the hungry bluebird (adapted from Bri Keller)

Ingredients

Swiss Chard Mixture

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions, chopped, small dice
  • 2 lbs Swiss chard, washed, tough stems removed, chopped
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp freshly cracked black pepper
  • ½ tsp dried sage
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg

Italian Sausage

  • 1 lb bulk Italian sausage, or links with meat removed from casings (I used salsiccia ~ use whatever Italian sausage you prefer)

Pumpkin Mixtures

  • 3 cups canned pumpkin purée (from one 28-oz can)
  • cups heavy/whipping cream
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese (preferably Parmigiano-Reggiano)
  • tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp freshly cracked black pepper
  • ½ tsp dried sage
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg

Assembly

  • ½ cup milk
  • 9 no boil lasagna noodles
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp butter

Instructions

  • Prepare the Swiss chard mixture: Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat.  Add onions, cook and stir until translucent, about 5 minutes.  Increase heat to medium high and add chopped Swiss chard, all of it, and press down and stir until wilted.  Add salt, pepper, sage and nutmeg and continue cooking and stirring until no liquid is left in pan, 5 to 10 minutes.  Preheat oven to 400º.
  • Meanwhile, while Swiss chard is cooking, brown the Italian sausage in another skillet over medium high heat.  Break up the sausage while cooking into crumbles, stirring frequently until cooked through, 5 to 10 minutes.  Drain grease and set sausage aside.
  • Make pumpkin mixtures: In medium bowl, combine 2 cups pumpkin, ¾ cup heavy cream, ½ cup Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, sage and nutmeg (pumpkin/cheese mixture).  Set aside.  In a small bowl, combine remaining 1 cup of pumpkin with remaining ¾ cup heavy cream (pumpkin/cream mixture).  Set aside.
  • Assemble lasagna: Pour milk into bottom of 9" x 13" baking dish.  Place 3 noodles widthwise in the dish and spread ½ the pumpkin/cheese mixture over the noodles.  Scatter ½ the sausage crumbles over the pumpkin, followed with ½ the Swiss chard mixture.  Add second set of 3 noodles, top with remaining pumpkin/cheese mixture, sausage crumbles and Swiss chard mixture.  Place last 3 noodles on top.  Pour reserved pumpkin/cream mixture evenly over the top and letting some run down the edges.  Sprinkle with 1 cup grated Parmesan and dot with the butter, cut into 3 pieces.
  • Cover carefully with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes.  Remove foil and continue baking another 15 minutes more, until lightly golden.  Let rest 10 minutes before cutting and serving.

Notes

I put under the broiler for a couple of minutes at the end of baking time for a more golden brown top.  That is, of course, optional.

Nutrition

Calories: 651kcal