Noodle-less Butternut-Sausage Lasagna

This fall lasagna swaps pasta for butternut squash layered with a chicken sausage meat sauce, ricotta, and mozzarella. Simply wonderful, you won't miss the pasta!

This fall lasagna swaps pasta for butternut squash layered with a chicken sausage meat sauce, ricotta, and mozzarella. Simply wonderful, you won’t miss the pasta!

This fall lasagna swaps pasta for butternut squash layered with a chicken sausage meat sauce, ricotta, and mozzarella. Simply wonderful, you won't miss the pasta!

I’ve been making noodle-less lasagna for years with zucchini, but now that Fall is here I wanted to try a variation with butternut instead. The results were fabulous, perfect comfort food without all the carbs. I loved the flavors the Italian chicken sausage added to the sauce, next time I may even use a spicy sausage to give it some heat. Leftovers are great for lunch or can be frozen to eat another day.

This fall lasagna swaps pasta for butternut squash layered with a chicken sausage meat sauce, ricotta, and mozzarella. Simply wonderful, you won't miss the pasta!

The easiest way to cut the butternut into thin rounds is using a good quality spiralizer like the Inspiralizer pictured here. If you don’t have one a sharp knife or a mandolin would work (but be careful!) If you use the Inspiralizer, cut a slit lengthwise through the center so the pieces separate when spiralizing. I used blade A on my spiralizer which gave me perfect rounds.

This fall lasagna swaps pasta for butternut squash layered with a chicken sausage meat sauce, ricotta, and mozzarella. Simply wonderful, you won't miss the pasta!

This fall lasagna swaps pasta for butternut squash layered with a chicken sausage meat sauce, ricotta, and mozzarella. Simply wonderful, you won't miss the pasta!

Noodle-less Butternut-Sausage Lasagna

This fall lasagna swaps pasta for butternut squash layered with a chicken sausage meat sauce, ricotta, and mozzarella. Simply wonderful, you won't miss the pasta!

Ingredients:

  • 14 oz Italian chicken sausage, casing removed (Al Fresco)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (28 oz can) crushed tomatoes (tuttorosso)
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 1 large butternut, peeled (3 lbs)
  • 1 cup part-skim ricotta
  • 1/4 cup Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 large egg
  • 16 oz (4 cups) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Directions:

  1. In a large deep nonstick skillet, brown the sausage breaking the meat up with a wooden spoon until cooked, about 5 minutes. Add onions and garlic and cook until soft, about 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, basil, and black pepper. Simmer on low, covered 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, slice butternut into 1/8″ thick rounds with a good quality spiralizer such as the Inspiralizer with Blade A. To do this, you have to slice the butternut lengthwise halfway through to the center, careful not to cut deeper than that. You can also use a mandolin (be careful) or a sharp knife.
  3. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  4. In a medium bowl combine ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, parsley and egg, mix.
  5. In a deep 9×12 casserole dish spread 3/4 cup of sauce on the bottom and layer 12 rounds of butternut slices to cover. Spread 3/4 cup of the ricotta cheese mixture, then top with 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese and 1 cup sauce. Second Layer: Lay 12 more rounds of butternut, 3/4 cup ricotta mixture, 1 cup mozzarella and 1 cup sauce. Third Layer: 12 slices butternut, 1 1/2 cups sauce and cover with foil.
  6. Bake covered 30 minutes.
  7. Remove foil, cook uncovered 30 minutes (this helps dry out excess moisture). Top with remaining cheese and bake until the cheese is melted and bubbling, 5 minutes.
  8. Let stand about 5 – 10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 8 servings, Serving Size: 1/8th

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Smart Points: 9
  • Points +: 9
  • Calories: 402
  • Total Fat: 19g
  • Saturated Fat: 10g
  • Cholesterol: 109mg
  • Sodium: 918mg
  • Carbohydrates: 30g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Protein: 29g

This fall lasagna swaps pasta for butternut squash layered with a chicken sausage meat sauce, ricotta, and mozzarella. Simply wonderful, you won't miss the pasta!

This fall lasagna swaps pasta for butternut squash layered with a chicken sausage meat sauce, ricotta, and mozzarella. Simply wonderful, you won't miss the pasta!This fall lasagna swaps pasta for butternut squash layered with a chicken sausage meat sauce, ricotta, and mozzarella. Simply wonderful, you won't miss the pasta!