Monday Munchies : Easy-Peasy Deconstructed Butternut Lasagna

 

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This is a perfect and simple lasagna dish for one (queue the Bridget Jones Intro Scene where she is drinking a lot of wine and whaling to ‘All By Myself’).  But good food is also always best shared, so I would also recommend this for a simple dinner party. Perhaps even as a starter.

 

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I stole this meal idea from my flatmate Pippa, who stole it from a book called ‘1 Pound Meals’ (Except, it cost a little bit more than one pound and was more delicious than the name might suggest). I have adapted a few things here and there, because the garlic obsessions reigns supreme. I stupidly deleted the pictures that I took, so I will update this post as soon as I make it again this week for my gran, during our weekly catch up with wine night.

What you will need :

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  • A pack of lasagne sheets
  • A butternut, diced into smaller chunks (or buy the pre-cut, because lol, life is tough and who has those arm muscles?)
  • Creme fresh
  • Parmesan
  • A chicken breast if the idea of a meat free meal inflicts horror (though I promise the veggie option is delish and this is after all a Monday!)
  • ALL the paprika. I enjoy the Spanish Smoked Paprika.
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Garlic. Always. Garlic.
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Extra cheese (Cheddar, Mozzarella, Gouda etc if you are a cheese fiend)

What To Do: 

  • Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees. Chop your butternut into smaller chunks and place in a roasting pan with a generous glug of oil, salt, pepper, lots of paprika and a few cloves of garlic. Roast for about 30 minutes, or until golden and just a little bit crispy.
  • Once your butternut is roasted re-heat in a pan and slowly stir in your creme freche whilst the pan is off the heat. I also like to add a few fresh basil leaves.  If you’re adding some chicken, cut your chicken breast into smaller strips and fry in a seperate pan with olive oil and some spices. (Cajun chicken, chilli garlic etc)
  • In the meantime place a pot of water on the boil and once boiling crack some salt into the pot and had a splash of olive oil so that the lasagna sheets don’t stick. Place in as many sheets as you want to cook (I usually go for 2 sheets per person, but if you are feeling really hungry add some more!)
  • Once cooked and drained, layer your first sheet of lasagna on your plate and top with a generous helping of your butternut and creme freche mix  (and the chicken if your carnivorous urges cannot be tampered.)
  • Add a second layer of lasagna sheeting and more butternut mix. If you intend on adding more layers, just keep going.  Finally sprinkle with Parmesan and garnish with some more fresh basil.

If you are really into your cheese and cannot imagine a lasagna without its top layer of melted, cheesy deliciousness then feel free to layer your dish in an oven tray, add a cheese of your choice and pop into the oven for 5 minutes.

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This truly is a quick and easy dish for those days where you get home late and cannot be bothered to make a complicated meal. The butternut mixture will keep for a few days so you could even make it on the weekend and just cook the lasagna sheets when you need them 🙂

Let me know if you tried it! I will definitely be making it again this week and adding some pictures 😉 

 

 

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