Monday, 30 October 2017

PUMPKIN, SPINACH AND LENTIL LASAGNE



With Halloween tomorrow, you can't move in the supermarket for Pumpkins but rather than carving mine this year (because I am not safe at that), I opted to cook with it instead.

I've been in love with Pinterest over the past few months, if you'd like to see what I've been pinning please do give that a follow, and have come across countless delicious sounding and looking recipes. This lasagne is a take on a recipe I found over on there with a few tweaks to better suit me.

You will need:

1 onion diced
2 crushed garlic cloves
1 cubed pumpkin (I peeled, de-gunked and chopped mine)
800g of tinned lentils, drained
1/2 cup of vegetable stock
800g passata
400g lasagne sheets
150g spinach (I use frozen)
500g Ricotta
As much cheddar as you're down for - I love cheese (although I did slightly overcook it, damn).



Let's go:

1) Heat your oil in a pan and fry your onion for around five minutes.
2) Add in your pumpkin cubes and lentils, together with the stock and 600g of the passata and leave for around 15-20 minutes.m
3) At the same time, pop your frozen spinach in a pain of boiling water for a few minutes until soft, drain and stand until your pumpkin is ready.
4) Once the pumpkin is cooked, mix in the spinach before allowing the mixture to cool.
5) Once cool, layer the lasagne sheets on the bottom of the tray, adding a layer of the pumpkin mixture on top.
6) Add a further layer of lasagne and a layer of ricotta.
7) Add another layer of lasagne sheets and a second layer of pumpkin mixture, more ricotta and then a final layer of lasagne sheets (at this point I must admit, I was just slapping things wherever they would fit.
8) Pour the remaining 100g of passata over the top and cover in cheddar.
9) Bake for around 35 minutes.

And that's it. It tasted great, looked slightly slap dash and I did over cook the cheese, but hey, I did it myself and apparently popping some foil over the top for the duration of oven time and removing it for the final few minutes stops the cheese situation occurring so next time I'll give that a go! 

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