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Butternut Squash Lasagna with a Twist

by Meghann on September 27, 2010

Have you heard? The Second Annual Foodbuzz Festival is a little more than a month away!

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Last year’s festival ranks up there as one of the top ten experiences of my life.

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There was the epic welcoming party of rooftop cocktails and street food fair.

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The beautiful Ferry Building Farmer’s Market full of fresh, colorful fruits and vegetables.

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The never ending Taste Pavilion of unique vendors that resembled a foodie’s paradise.

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We were brought straight to the source for the Outstanding in the Field Dinner served on a single table in the Green Leaf Produce Warehouse.

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Our farewell Nature’s Pride Brunch.

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And so much more.

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I made memories that will last a lifetime and as the countdown to Foodbuzz Festival 2010 begins I’ve found myself counting down the minutes, hours, and days until I return to San Francisco for this year’s event. I seriously can not wait to go back. :)

Of course trips to San Francisco don’t come cheap.

Read: Plane Ticket + Hotel = $$$

Which is why I dug into the deep depths of my creative brain to come up with a delicious, amazing recipe that will hopefully (fingers crossed) land me a spot as one of Nature’s Pride Brand Ambassador at this year’s event.

Let me introduce you to…

Butternut Squash Lasagna with a Twist

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The twist? Well, those aren’t noodles in there. They’re slices of Nature’s Pride Whole Wheat Bread.

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This recipe actually surpassed all of my expectations and may just be one of my favorite recipes I’ve ever created. The sweet squash, faint cinnamon spice, and savory marinara sauce really makes this a true winner. And the layered bread works well at pulling all of the flavors together into a perfect, fall themed meal.

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Let me break it down for you.

What you will need:

  • 1 small Butternut Squash
  • 4 slice Nature’s Pride Whole Wheat Bread
  • 1 cup Marinara Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Feta Cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh Basil
  • 1 Tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Pepper

Begin with the Butternut Squash

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Cut in small cubes

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Place in a bowl

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Cover with a wet towel and microwave for 7 minutes on high

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Once the squash is soft, begin to smoosh with a fork

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Add the garlic, basil, cinnamon, salt, and pepper

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Once the squash is smooshed, begin to coat an 8×8 glass with 1/4 cup of marinara sauce

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And toast the 4 slices of Nature’s Pride Bread

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Two of the slices go on top of the marinara sauce in the pan.

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Layer with the seasoned butternut squash

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another 1/4 cup of marinara sauce

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and a sprinkle of Feta cheese.

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Repeat!

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Bake at 375 for 15 minutes

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Serves 4.

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The end result isn’t your typical lasagna. The bread becomes mushy and kind of resembles a savory bread pudding, but I think it works well with the flavors.

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Try it. Live it. Love it!

{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Melissa September 27, 2010 at 7:42 am

With this recipe I might actually be able to cook lasagna for one! Looks fantastic, plus I love butternut squash :)

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2 RhodeyGirl September 27, 2010 at 7:43 am

I love this entry!

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3 Freya September 27, 2010 at 7:48 am

Woah, that looks super!!!

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4 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine September 27, 2010 at 7:50 am

Looks like an awesome recipe! I seriously cannot wait for Foodbuzz. I really hope I see you there!!

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5 Dori September 27, 2010 at 8:02 am

Meghann this is an amazing recipe! I am really impressed that you can create something that is so good. I would LOVE to eat this!!

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6 Tina September 27, 2010 at 8:02 am

I don’t think I could handle this one. Soft bread always makes me sick to my stomach after a 6th grade experiment where we had to calculate how long it took bread to dissolve in our mouths. LOL

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7 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday September 27, 2010 at 8:14 am

Hopefully that recipe is a winner for you!

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8 Megan September 27, 2010 at 8:32 am

Wow girl! I am loving it!! Good luck!!

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9 Heather September 27, 2010 at 8:50 am

That is very creative, but it does not seem like enough food to serve 4. I think your serving should be a little bigger than 2 half pieces of toast!!!

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10 Meghann September 27, 2010 at 8:53 am

Well, *disclaimer* serves four with the addition of side salad or could serve two. Derek and I weren’t very hungry last night, which I’m thinking skewed my serving sizes. :)

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11 Carly (Swim, Run, Om) September 27, 2010 at 9:01 am

That looks delicious and easy to make … I just might have to try this sometime this week!

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12 Evan Thomas September 27, 2010 at 9:20 am

I hope you win and get to go! I definitely would love to experience it, too, but it’s not in the budget :-/

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13 Heather September 27, 2010 at 9:24 am

so interesting! I never would have thought to do that! I hope you get the sponsorship!

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14 Marci September 27, 2010 at 9:31 am

Looks good, can’t wait to meet you at the festival!

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15 Brittney September 27, 2010 at 9:33 am

Cool idea!!

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16 Ariffa September 27, 2010 at 10:06 am

YUM! what a great-looking recipe and you can just tell those left overs are going to rock. I have a thing(love) for left overs =))

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17 Sana September 27, 2010 at 10:08 am

That is a really creative idea! I hope you win :)

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18 Nic September 27, 2010 at 10:34 am

Mmm… it looks yummy and pretty easy! Sounds like a winner to me! Good luck :)

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19 Kristina @ spabettie September 27, 2010 at 11:25 am

this looks FABULOUS !! you are so creative, I think this is a winner!

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20 Peggy September 27, 2010 at 11:26 am

MMMM… That actually reminds me of Pappa Al Pomodoro, the Italian bread soup, which is basically just onions, tomatoes, and stale bread stewed together until the bread gets mushy and thickens the soup–it’s totally crazy and wonderful. The addition of the butternut squash, though, brilliance.

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21 Clare @ Fitting It All In September 27, 2010 at 12:03 pm

So freaking creative! Love it!

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22 Kelly September 27, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Looks great! I really wanted to go to Foodbuzz, but I can’t swing the ticket this year unfortunately.

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23 Summer September 27, 2010 at 12:23 pm

This looks so good, Meghann! The whole time I was reading, I was thinking it sounded like a savory bread pudding! Great job and good luck!

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24 Lauren September 27, 2010 at 12:52 pm

This looks awesome!!!!

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25 Tay September 27, 2010 at 1:04 pm

I have extra bread from my bread pudding yesterday. And a butternut squash on my counter. Trying it!!

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26 Donna Porter September 27, 2010 at 1:57 pm

What an interesting take on a favorite “comfort” food!! I can’t wait to try it. I’m crossing my fingers for you too!!

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27 Monique@She's Going The Distance September 27, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Oh wow, that’s sooooo crazy!!! In a good way :) I’d never think to do that.

And I’m bummed I just moved away from SF right before this…. :(

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28 Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries September 27, 2010 at 3:02 pm

How unique! I’ll have to give it a try!

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29 Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes September 27, 2010 at 3:24 pm

considering my obsession with winter squash, I’m going to have to give this one a whirl! Thanks for sharing.
Cathy B.

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30 Elizabeth September 27, 2010 at 9:43 pm

Wow how creative! Good luck you deserve it!

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31 Kim September 27, 2010 at 9:47 pm

This recipe sounds wonderful! I actually bought my first loaf of Natures Pride Bread the other day (I bought the Honey Wheat and really like the taste). I’m certain this will be dinner tomorrow. Thanks!!! I hope they choose you!

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32 Sasa September 28, 2010 at 8:20 am

You guys over there in the States are so lucky – I wish I could go to Foodbuzz/Blogher and other blogging events – I hope you made it, this looks like a tasty and easy recipe!

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33 Erica September 28, 2010 at 3:23 pm

BOOK MARKED! You should so win- this looks delicious. I wish I could go to the festival too…sigh :)

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34 lindsay September 29, 2010 at 6:48 am

Wow, bread pudding and lasgagna combined. Genuis! I wonder if Gluten free bread would still work? thanks!

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35 Naomi(onefitfoodie) September 29, 2010 at 6:58 pm

WHOA that looks so good! i love the idea of savory bread pudding!!!

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