- 1 large butternut squash
- Maple syrup
- 8 small beetroot
- Pinch of saffron
- 200g (6½oz) fresh lasagne sheets
- 2-3tbsp cream
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
- 1tbsp olive oil
- Juice of ½ lemon
- 50g (1¾oz) fontina cheese, finely sliced
- About 60g (2oz) grated pecorino cheese
- Toasted pumpkin seeds, to serve
- Chopped fresh parsley, to serve
- Heat the oven to 190°C (gas mark 5). Cut the squash into 2cm (¾in) pieces, removing any seeds. Place into a greased baking tray. Brush with a little maple syrup and roast for about 30 minutes or until the squash is golden and tender. Meanwhile, trim the beetroots and simmer in a large saucepan of boiling, salted water until just tender. Remove and cool, then slip off the skins.
- Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil. Add the saffron to the water. Cut the lasagne into 16 8cm (3in) square. Boil 8 of the squares for 4 minutes, or until al dente. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a bowl of cold water. Leave for about 30 seconds, then drain. Lay flat on a dry tea towel and cover with another tea towel. Repeat the process with the remaining squares.
- When ready to serve, mash 1/3 of the squash with about 100ml (3½fl oz) of boiling water or vegetable stock and 2-3tbsp of cream until it forms a sauce.
- Cut the beetroot into quarters. Sauté the garlic in a pan with the olive oil for a couple of minutes over a medium heat. Then add the beetroot and sauté for a further few minutes to ensure it's hot. Stir in the remaining squash and lemon juice and mix well. Lower the heat and keep warm, season to taste.
- Reduce the oven to 180°C (gas mark 4). Lay four slices of pasta on the base of a lined baking sheet, top each with a little sauce, then the squash and beetroot mixture, then a slice of Fortina and repeat. Finish with a layer of pasta and sprinkle with pecorino. The lasagne shouldn't be in even layers, it looks better if it's a little higgledy-piggledy. Place in the oven and cook for about 10 minutes, or until heated through. Transfer to plates and serve sprinkled with pumpkin seed and parsley and extra pecorino if desired.
This can be made ahead of time (to step 4) and then assembled just before reheating.