FALL SQUASH LASAGNA WITH GOAT CHEESE
Serves 6 with leftovers; recipe by Courtney McDonald
-3 1/2 pounds butternut, kabocha or acorn squash, peeled, seeded, and cut
into 1-inch pieces
-2 tablespoons olive oil
-salt and pepper, to taste
-1 pound whole-milk ricotta cheese
-1 pkg no-boil lasagna noodles (you may not need all of them)
-1/2 cup heavy cream
-2 large egg yolks
-2 cups fresh mozzarella cheese, grated
-2 tablespoons unsalted butter
-2 Tbsp curry powder
-1/4 cup fresh thyme leaves
-1 1/4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
-1 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
-1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Toss squash, oil, and 1 teaspoon salt on a baking sheet. Season with pepper. Bake until light gold and tender, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool.
Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees. Combine ricotta, cream, yolks, and mozzarella in a medium bowl. Season with salt.
Melt butter in a small saute pan over medium-high heat. As soon as it starts to sizzle, remove from heat and add curry powder and thyme. Set aside.
Place squash in a medium bowl and mash 1/2 of it with the back of a wooden spoon, leaving the other 1/2 in whole pieces. Gently stir in curry-butter mixture and broth. Season with salt and pepper.
Spread 3/4 cup of ricotta mixture in a 9-cup baking dish. Top with a layer of noodles. Spread 1/2 of the squash mixture over noodles. Top with a layer of noodles. Spread 1 cup of ricotta mixture over noodles. Repeat layering once more (noodles, squash, noodles, ricotta). Sprinkle Parmesan over ricotta mixture, and top with the crumbled goat cheese.
Place baking dish on a rimmed baking sheet, and bake until cheese is golden and bubbling, 30 to 35 minutes. Let stand for 15 minutes before slicing and serving.