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Spicy Pumpkin Herb Lasagna

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes
  • Servings: 12
  • Course: Main Dish

This spicy and seasonal layered lasagna is the perfect freezer-friendly dinner for the colder months from Reynolds Wrap® Ambassador Cake ‘n Knife.

Reynolds Kitchens® Tips

Reynolds Kitchens Tip

Line your pan with Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil for easy cleanup!  

Ingredients

Noodles and Ricotta Mixture

  • 10 lasagna noodles
  • 1 15-ounce container part-skim ricotta
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Pumpkin

  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound hot Italian sausage
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 15-ounce cans pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Layers

  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided (approximately 12 ounces)
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese, divided
  • Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil
  • Fresh thyme leaves

Directions

Step 1

Heat the oven to 400° F. Lightly spray a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Step 2

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook lasagna noodles for 5 to 6 minutes, then drain. Place the noodles flat on a couple baking sheets that have been sprayed with nonstick spray. This will keep the noodles from sticking and make it a LOT easier to assemble.

Step 3

In a medium skillet, heat oil for the pumpkin layer over medium-high heat. Add sausage and onion, cooking and stirring occasionally, until the sausage is browned, about 5 minutes. Drain out any excess liquid, place in a medium bowl, and let cool for a couple of minutes.

Step 4

Add the remaining pumpkin layer ingredients to the bowl with sausage and onion. Set aside.

Step 5

Stir together all the ingredients for the ricotta mixture in a medium bowl until combined. Set aside.

Step 6

To assemble lasagna, spread 1 1/2 cups of pumpkin mixture on the bottom of the prepared baking pan. Place 4 noodles vertically and 1 at the top horizontally. Spread over half of the ricotta mixture on top of the noodles, then top with 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella.

Step 7

Top with 1 1/2 cups of the pumpkin mixture, then sprinkle with 1/2 cup parmesan cheese.

Step 8

Repeat layers of noodles, remaining ricotta mixture, and 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella. Top with remaining pumpkin and 1/2 cup parmesan cheese. Sprinkle with remaining 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese. If you plan to freeze, stop here and refer to freezer notes below!

Step 9

Cover with Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil. Bake for 25 minutes, then remove foil and bake for another 15 to 20 minutes, until cheese is browned lightly on top. Garnish with more grated parmesan cheese and fresh thyme leaves. Cool 15 minutes before cutting and serving.

Freezer Notes:

To freeze before baking, assemble the lasagna as written above. Double wrap in plastic wrap, then wrap in Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil. Freeze for up to 3 months. When ready to bake, thaw out completely and bake according to instructions above.

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