Pumpkin, Spinach & Ricotta Lasagna Recipe

If you have friends over for dinner, a pumpkin in the fridge, and no idea how to cook it, I strongly suggest you run to your nearest supermarket, buy some ricotta cheese, fresh lasagna, and prepare a meal in the easiest way possible!

And yes, because I know very well that you don't always have time to be at the stove, that you can't always eat heavy dishes, and that sometimes you avoid inviting friends over to avoid all this, it is possible! In fact, these lasagnas are perfect for surprising your diners; they are light to the point, super easy to prepare, and so good that everyone will be licking their lips! Let's see how to prepare them. 

60ml olive oil
1.5kg butternut pumpkin (squash), cut into 1.5 cm (5/8 inch) dice
500g spinach, trimmed 
4 fresh lasagne sheets (12 × 20 cm) 
500g ricotta cheese 
2 tbsp double cream   
pinch of ground nutmeg
1. Heat the olive oil in a non-stick frying pan. Add the pumpkin and toss over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes, or until tender (don't worry if the pumpkin is slightly mashed). Season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper and keep warm.

2. Blanch the spinach in a large saucepan of boiling water for 30 seconds, or until wilted. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a bowl of cold water. Drain well, squeeze out as much excess water as possible, then finely chop.

3. Add the lasagne to the pan of boiling water and cook, stirring occasionally, until al-dente. Drain and lay the sheets side by side on a clean tea towel. Cut each sheet width-ways into thirds.

4. Put the ricotta, cream, Parmesan, spinach and nutmeg in a small saucepan. Stir over low heat for 2-3 minutes, or until warmed through.

5. Working quickly to assemble, place a lasagne strip on each serving plate. Top with half the pumpkin, then another lasagne strip. Top with half the ricotta mixture, then a final lasagne strip. Arrange the remaining pumpkin and ricotta mixture over the top. Sprinkle with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper and serve.