Sunday, November 1, 2009

Butternut Squash Roll-ups with Roasted Red Pepper Cream Sauce

This recipe rooted from another recipe headed for disaster.  I am happy to report that it all worked out in the end and a new and fabulous recipe was born!
  • 1 butternut squash, diced, steamed and mashed
  • 3 tbsp minced shallots
  • 3 tbsp heavy cream
  • 3 tbsp Parmesan, grated
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • salt
  • 6-8 whole wheat or brown rice lasagna noodles
  • 1 cup shredded Mozzarella
Roasted Red Pepper Cream Sauce
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 1/2 tbsp butter
  • 3 1/2 tbsp flour
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 1/2 cup roasted red peppers, chopped
  • salt and white pepper
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan, grated

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.  Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions.  Rinse with cold water and set aside.
  2. Begin making your cream sauce by melting the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.  Add the garlic and sauté for about 1 minute.  Add flour and stir constantly for 2 minutes.  
  3. Slowly add milk to the roux (butter and flour) and whisk constantly over medium-low heat until thickened.  Add the roasted peppers, salt and pepper.  You may wish to blend the sauce to achieve a smoother texture.  Stir in the Parmesan last.
  4. While your cream sauce is thickening melt 1-2 tablespoons butter in a small frying pan and sauté shallots until translucent.  Add to mashed squash along with heavy cream, parmesan, nutmeg and salt.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°.
  6. Begin making your roll-ups by cutting your lasagna noodles in half and spooning about 2-3 tablespoons of squash mixture into center of noodle.  Roll up and place in a greased casserole dish seam down.  Continue making roll-ups until you have used up all of the squash filling. 
  7. Pour cream sauce over top of roll-ups and sprinkle Mozzarella on top.  Cover with tin foil and bake for 20 minutes.  Remove tin foil and bake uncovered for another 10 minutes.
Tip:  You may wish to add fresh Italian parsley or other fresh herbs to your cream sauce or squash filling.

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