1 tablespoon olive oil
1 (1 1/2 to 2-pound) butternut squash, peeled, seeded,
and cut into 1-inch cubes
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3 1/2 cups whole milk
10 fresh sage leaves
12 no-boil lasagna noodles
2 1/2 cups shredded whole-milk mozzarella cheese
1/3 cup grated Parmigiano
Heat the oil in a heavy large
skillet over medium-high heat. Add the squash and toss to coat. Sprinkle with
salt and pepper. Pour the water into the skillet and then cover and simmer over
medium heat until the squash is tender, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes.
Cool slightly and then transfer the squash to a food processor. Season the
squash puree, to taste, with more salt and pepper.
Melt the butter in a heavy medium-size saucepan over medium
heat. Add the flour and whisk for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in the milk. Bring
to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer until the
sauce thickens slightly, whisking often, about 5 minutes. Whisk in the nutmeg.
Cool slightly. Transfer half of the sauce to a blender. Add the sage leaves and
blend until smooth. Return the sage sauce to the sauce in the pan and stir to
blend. Season the sauce with salt and pepper, to taste.
Position the rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 375
Lightly butter a 13 by 9 by 2-inch glass baking dish. Spread
3/4 cup of the sauce over the prepared baking dish. Arrange 3 lasagna noodles on
the bottom of the pan. Spread 1/3 of the squash puree over the noodles. Sprinkle
with 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese. Drizzle 1/2 cup of sauce over the noodles.
Repeat layering 3 more times.
Tightly cover the baking dish with foil and bake the lasagna
for 40 minutes. Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella and Parmigiano cheeses over the
lasagna. Continue baking uncovered until the sauce bubbles and the top is
golden, 15 minutes longer. Let the lasagna stand for 15 minutes before serving.
Variation – add some Italian sausage – brown
4 links worth taken out of the casings. Include in each layer of the lasagna.