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Valentine's Butternut Squash Cannelloni

February 11, 2013

Ingredients

  • 5 tablespoons Koroneiki olive oil, plus more for baking dish and sheet
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 package lasagna noodles
  • 1 butternut squash (medium size), cut in half and seeded
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 3/4cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh sage leaves, plus 8 to 10 whole leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 cups ricotta
  • 3/4 cup grated mozzarella
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place squash halves on lined baking sheet. Brush each half with about 1 tablespoon of oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake for about 45 minutes until squash is fork tender. Allow squash to cool slightly before handling. With a spoon remove tender squash flesh from skins and place in medium size mixing bowl.
  2. Lightly oil a 2-quart or 8-inch square baking dish. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until al dente. Using tongs, transfer pasta to a lightly oiled rimmed baking sheet.
  3. In a small skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium. Add shallots, season with salt and pepper, and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Transfer to bowl with squash and add 1/4 cup milk, 1 cup ricotta, chopped sage, and 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg; season with salt and pepper. Mash with a fork until a rough puree forms.
  4. Spread about 3 tablespoons squash mixture crosswise down the middle of each lasagna noodle; roll up noodle and place, seam side down, in baking dish. In a bowl, combine 2 cups ricotta, 1/2 cup Parmesan, 1/2 cup mozzarella and 1/2 cup milk, 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg and season with salt and pepper. Spread ricotta mixture over cannelloni and top with cup Parmesan and mozzarella. Bake until warmed through, about 35 minutes. Broil until top is browned, 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. In a small skillet, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high. Fry whole sage leaves until crispy, 15 to 20 seconds. Drain on paper towels. Serve cannelloni topped with fried sage.

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