This beautiful Butternut Squash Lasagna is comfort food at it’s best…so, like, comfort food that you can feel good eating. With tender butternut squash layered between an herbed ricotta, each bite is a rich and flavorful delight.
I’m so tired right now, physically, but mentally I’m on a rush. You ever have those days that you go so hard all day long that you just can’t slow down? I’m sure you have because this life is all about getting things done and being as efficient as possible and not wasting a second so that you can check off the 999 things on your to-do list for the day.
Just kidding…life’s not really about that.
But it sure seems like it sometimes, right? It’s easy to get so caught up in the rush that we don’t remember to take a breath and do this number:
Ok, now we’re relaxed and just sitting here, talking about life. How are you?
I’ll be honest with you guys today. I’ve been having major contemplations going on in my mind lately. Mostly, how can I be more genuine with people in my life and with you guys here following the blog. I never want to be portrayed as living a perfect life because I am so far from perfect and so is my life.
But sometimes, I battle with pride sneaking in and I find myself straying from a genuine relationship with people. I feel that I have to live up to this expectation that I’ve put on myself. And then, if not confronted, I spiral farther down and begin to obsess over perfection. The genuine me takes a back seat because perfection is prettier from the outside for a while. It’s more comfortable at first. And it makes you feel good for the time being. But after a while, perfection can turn from what you thought was your friend to your slave master. You find yourself working day after day to keep up the image. You’re trying so hard to fight for a status you thought was you. But instead of finding happiness and joy in this “perfect” image, you find darkness. You’re confused because all that the world tells you for what brings fulfillment has only brought doubt and misery, a life of exhaustion from always looking for the next best thing.
But hear me out. Life doesn’t have to be like that.
You can find joy, dear friend, in being who you truly are…not that image you wish that you could be.
I’ve struggled with pride, genuine-ness, and humility. But I also know that striving for perfection does not yield a happy life. And I know that I may always struggle in this way. I still have to catch myself when I think too highly of myself. I also have to watch it when I think too poorly of my body. If there’s one thing I want for the world to know, it’s that life is about balance. It sounds easier said than done, I know. But without balance we can easily go insane with trying to perfect one thing or another in our lives.
So, from here on out, I have these couple of goals…to be
Yes, Imperfect! How I’ll accomplish these things, I’ll tell you…with a whole lota prayer. Because I know myself and I know I can’t be that person on my own. My flesh is constantly looking for ways to boost itself up and be self-affirmed instead of affirming others. I’m guilty of looking for other people’s flaws to make myself feel better about myself instead of seeing the beautiful creation that are my friends, coworkers, and neighbors in life. So here’s to the imperfect persons that we are, to all of the mistakes we will make, and to the One who makes us whole again. I can’t finish this post without my Lord and Savior, Jesus, because I wouldn’t be who I am today without Him. And though some of you may not believe in Jesus, He has been my saving grace through all the body image struggles I’ve had. Thank you, Lord!
Thank you for hearing me out with this desire to be more genuine. And I hope that you can relate in some way or another. Because a humble life is so much more rewarding than one of pride. And a life genuinely lived is far more beautiful than a picture-perfect one. I know you’re now probably dying to get to the recipe for this butternut squash lasagna, so here we go. I’ll stop blabbering and give you some deets on this delish dish.
It’s your Italian comfort food made healthy with butternut squash layered in the midst of mushrooms, spinach, and an herbed ricotta. All topped with thick mozzarella cheese beautifully sliced on top. You’re going to want to have your fork and knife ready. Gluten free and vegetarian, but full of flavor. And of course, Italian pairs so well with a good red wine, so that’s what we did. We literally can’t eat Italian without a bold red…it just doesn’t feel right.
So get in the kitchen and start slicing some butternut and layering on the cheese and sauce…and of course, tag #steelnchiffon on Instagram if you tried this Butternut Squash Lasagna and liked it.
Butternut Squash Lasagna (Gluten Free, Vegetarian)Print Recipe
- 1 butternut squash
- 2 cups baby spinach
- 2 cups sliced mushrooms
- 15 oz ricotta cheese
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1/4 cup sliced fresh basil
- 1/2 tsp salt
- dash of pepper
- 6 slices of a mozzarella cheese log
- 3 cups favorite marinara sauce
- olive oil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Peel butternut squash and slice into thin, long slices.
Bring a pot of water to a boil and place butternut squash into pot.
Boil until just soft.
Meanwhile, sauté mushrooms over medium heat until soft, then remove from heat.
Combine Ricotta, lemon juice, basil, salt and pepper and mix until combined.
Begin to layer the lasagna in a 9x9 inch dish, first with 1/2 cup sauce on the bottom, then with butternut squash, followed by mushrooms, ricotta, spinach, and more sauce.
Layer until at the top of the dish.
Top with sliced mozzarella cheese and a drizzle of olive oil.
Bake for 30 mins, allow to cool, and enjoy.
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