Last updated on April 8th, 2019
Lasagna from scratch was the first dish I made Lucas. He says it’s when he fell in love with me, but that was like our third date, so probably an exaggeration. On the other hand, it might also be the reason I have a husband, so I keep making it. This butternut squash & turkey lasagna with homemade chestnut pasta is equally alluring, so if you’re in the market for love, it comes highly recommended.
I’m excited to partner with Foster Farms to bring you this gluten-free lasagna with their free-range, organic ground turkey to welcome fall to the Bay Area (finally).
Back in the days of that love luring lasagna, I didn’t even have a pasta roller; I planned to just get at it with a rolling pin and some elbow grease. Those pearls of sweat mixed into the dough? THAT’S love, honey. Fortunately our landlady brought down her unused German hand-crank pasta roller that I clamped down to the coffee table in my itty-bitty in-law cottage to make the whole affair much more reasonable. I made that same lasagna bolognese many times early in our relationship. (So really, maybe she’s the reason I have a husband who loves me…).
Shortly after I went gluten-free, my friend Angi started coming over for a weekly dinner. She’s heard stories of my epic lasagna and lamented for years that we became friends too late. She still reminds me that she’s never had my homemade pasta (except for that one time early in my gluten-free days when we tried – horribly unsuccessfully – to make quinoa pasta.). Angi, come over, this one’s for you. Love me again?
This new recipe uses that same salty nutmeg béchamel from my early lasagna, but mixes things up with gluten-free sweet chestnut flour pasta sheets and layers that highlight California’s organic ingredients. First up is a layer of caramelized shallots and fresh sage seared up with Foster Farms Organic Ground Turkey. When cooked up with aromatics, ground turkey soaks up their flavors for a lean protein that’s delicious, juicy, healthy, free-range, and grown locally with no hormones, steroids, or antibiotics (whew!). We top that with a bed of roasted butternut squash then douse the whole thing in béchamel and fresh parm (bc: CHEEEEEESE).
The sweet nutty chestnut flour pasta complements the butternut squash, while turkey adds a savory note that balances it out. This butternut squash lasagna is sweet, creamy, seasonal, and boasts freshness. If you don’t want to make homemade pasta, feel free to sub in your go-to lasagna noodles! You could even try making the béchamel with chestnut flour if you don’t want to lose that flavor. Either way, ready yourself to find love.
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