Butternut squash lasagne

Woman’s Weekly’s butternut squash lasagne makes a great family meal. To make life easier, this meal can be prepared in advance and placed in the freezer until ready to cook – a hassle free meal for any large family gatherings
Serves: 8
Prep time: 40 mins
Cooking time: 50 mins
Skill level: Easy peasy
Costs: Cheap as chips


    • 1 butternut squash, peeled and cut into cubes (about 750g/1½lb prepared weight)
    • 2 onions, peeled and cut into thin wedges
    • 2-3 carrots, peeled and chopped
    • 16 large sage leaves
    • 2 tbsp olive oil
    • 750ml (1¼ pint) milk
    • 60g (2oz) plain flour
    • 60g (2oz) butter
    • Freshly grated nutmeg
    • 200g (7oz) mature Cheddar cheese, grated Salt and ground black pepper
    • 200g (7oz) frozen green beans, chopped into short lengths
    • 250g pack dried lasagne or 300g pack fresh lasagne strips
    • 60g (2oz) Parmesan, grated

You will also need:

    • 1.75 litre (3 pint) ovenproof dish


    1. Set the oven to 230°C/450°F/Gas Mark 8. Spread the squash, onion, carrots and 8 sage leaves out in a large roasting tin. Drizzle with oil. Roast 30-40 mins.
    1. Meanwhile make the sauce: Pour the milk into a large jug, whisk in the flour, then add the butter. Microwave on High for 4 mins, stir, cook for another 4 mins, stir, then cook for 3-4 mins longer, until thick and smooth. Chop the rest of the sage and add to the sauce, along with the nutmeg and two-thirds of the Cheddar. Season. Thaw the beans in the microwave.
    1. Spoon some sauce in the dish. Put in a few sheets of lasagne, then a third, or half, of the squash mixture (depending on shape of your dish), beans and a little more sauce. Continue with lasagne sheets, squash mixture and beans. End with a good layer of sauce. Sprinkle with the rest of the cheese. Set the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6. Bake the lasagne for 45-50 mins until golden and piping hot.

Nutritional information per portion

fat 24.0g saturates 13.0g calories 470(kcal)


This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.