I originally found THIS recipe on Health Bent, and it was delicious. It did take some prep time, though, and I wanted to simplify it a bit for a quick dinner idea that the kids would still enjoy. The squash was a little difficult to cut up. Also, the last time I made it, the kids weren’t really excited about the chunks of butternut squash, but I still thought it was great.
I was at the store looking for a butternut squash, but couldn’t find any. The produce guy told me they didn’t have any whole squashes, but did have the cubed ones. I decided to go for that, and figured I could find some way to cut them up later.
That afternoon, I thought, “What if I were to process the chunks in the food processor until they were smaller and then make the dish into more of a casserole?” The results were a big success. Here’s the recipe!
Recipe: Paleo Lasagna Casserole
2 lbs cubed Butternut squash
1.5 lbs ground sausage
One 15-oz jar spaghetti sauce (I found some good no-sugar added stuff at Whole Foods)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage and cook until mostly brown. Set aside.
Put the squash cubes into a food processor and pulse until chopped into small pieces (you may need to do a couple rounds if your processor isn’t big enough–you don’t want to pack it in, or it will turn to mush):
Pour a bit of spaghetti sauce into bottom of a 9×13 pan (enough to cover the bottom lightly). Sprinkle on some meat. Add a layer of the chopped squash. Repeat layers until all ingredients are used up:
Lay a piece of foil over the dish (you don’t need to put it on tightly), and bake for 25 minutes. Remove foil and cook for another 5 minutes to allow the top to brown a bit.
One of the great things about this dish is that I was able to freeze it successfully. Butternut squash will normally get really mushy after being frozen, but this casserole was still great, even after being thawed. I made two lasagna casseroles and froze one for future use–I’ll just have to pull it out of the freezer and cook for about an hour. Nice!
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Great idea my 3 year old will love this (as will my other 5 kiddos). I was going to buy the cubed butternut squash at SAMs club a while back but wondered about what it might be treated with as to maintain its beautiful color. Thoughts??
Hmmm…not sure? Mine just says “organic butternut squash” on it??