Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Pumpkin, Spinach & Chicken Lasagne...

I made this lasagne tonight. Leave about 1 hour for preparation plus cooking time - it's worth it!
500 gms butternut pumpkin, cooked and mashed
pinch of nutmeg
100 gms bacon, chopped
500 gms chicken mince, browned and drained
200 gms fresh baby spinach, micro-steamed for 2 minutes to wilt, squeezed to drain
2 cloves garlic, crushed
200 gms low fat ricotta cheese
fresh lasagne sheets
1/2 cup grated parmesan
1/2 cup grated cheddar
1 tblspn olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 small onion, chopped
680 gm jar tomato pasta sauce
1/2 cup chicken stock
10 basil leaves, roughly chopped (or 1 tspn dried basil)
pepper to taste
Put pumpkin, nutmeg, bacon, chicken, spinach, garlic & ricotta in a bowl, mix well to combine, set aside.
For the sauce : Heat oil in a large frypan, add garlic and onion and cook until tender. Add the tomato sauce and stock and bring to the boil. Cook over high heat for 5 minutes until sauce thickens. Remove from heat, stir in basil and season to taste. Set aside.
Preheat the oven to 180C.
To assemble: Spoon some of the tomato sauce over the base of a large oven proof dish. Arrange lasagne sheets over the top. Top with half of chicken mixture, then another layer of lasagne. Spoon more sauce on top, lasagne, then remaining chicken mixture on top, lasagne, then the final lot of sauce then a lasagne sheet to cover. Top with combined cheeses and bake for 25 minutes or until pasta is soft and cheese is golden.
Brianna made this free-form apple & berry pie for dessert - it was only small but 3 of us got a taste.
1 granny smith apple, peeled and sliced
1/2 mixed frozen berries
1 tspn brown sugar
1 tspn lemon juice
Line a baking tray with silicon paper. Take 1 square of prepared puff pastry (thaw from frozen) and place above ingredients in the centre. Gather up the pastry to
form a dilly bag, leaving a small opening in the top. Sprinkle with sugar and bake for 15 minutes or so, until pastry has browned nicely.
Enjoy with a drizzle of cream.
Cheers - Joolz


  1. Yummmmmy looking. I WILL try this SOON!

  2. WOW this food looks absolute delicious! I will try and figure out the measurements and try this! the dessert looks heavenly!

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