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Vegetarian Spinach Pumpkin Lasagna

Incredible vegetarian spinach pumpkin lasagna with layers of melty cheese and pumpkin flavors. This healthy pumpkin lasagna recipe has a full bag of spinach for extra veggies and makes the best freezer-friendly dinner!

Course Dinner, Pasta, Vegetarian
Keyword pumpkin lasagna
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 311 kcal
Author Monique of AmbitiousKitchen.com

Ingredients

  • For the noodles:
  • 10 lasagna noodles
  • For the ricotta mixture:
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 ounces spinach (from 1 bag spinach)
  • 1 (15 ounce) container part skim ricotta
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • For the pumpkin layer:
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup milk (I like unsweetened almond milk, but any milk will work)
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • For the layers:
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided (approximately 12 ounces)
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese, divided
  • To garnish:
  • Fresh chopped parsley or small sage leaves

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a 9x13 inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook the lasagna noodles for 5-6 minutes, then drain. Immediately lay the noodles flat on an oiled baking sheet or cutting board so you can easily assemble the lasagna when ready. Another option is to soak the lasagna noodles in very warm (hot) water for 20-30 minutes if you do not want to boil them. (You can also use no cook lasagna noodles, but they aren't my favorite!)

  3. While the lasagna noodles are boiling, cook the spinach: add ½ tablespoon olive oil to a medium pan or skillet and place over medium heat. Add spinach, season with a little salt and pepper and cook until spinach wilts down. Add to a medium bowl and allow to cool for a minute or two.

  4. In the small bowl, add the spinach, ricotta, egg, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Set aside.

  5. Next make the pumpkin mixture: add pumpkin, milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, salt and pepper to a large bowl. Mix to combine.

  6. To assemble the lasagna, spread 1 heaping cup of pumpkin mixture over the bottom of the baking dish. Place 5 of the cooked lasagna noodles on top laying 4 vertically and 1 horizontally. Spread half of the spinach-ricotta cheese mixture on top of the noodles, then top with ¾ cup shredded mozzarella.

  7. Next, add 1 heaping cup of the pumpkin mixture on top of the mozzarella and then sprinkle with 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese.

  8. Repeat layers once more: adding remaining noodles, remaining spinach-ricotta mixture, ¾ cup shredded mozzarella, then top with any remaining pumpkin and ½ cup parmesan cheese. Finally, top with remaining 1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese.

  9. Cover with foil and bake covered for 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake another 15-20 minutes until cheese starts to brown just a bit. Garnish with extra parmesan and either chopped sage or parsley. Cool for 15 minutes before cutting and serving. Serves 12.

Recipe Notes

Two ways to freeze lasagna:

  1. Bake first, then freeze. You can either bake it first, then cool to room temperature, slice into servings, place in freezer safe containers and then freeze. Or you can bake it, bring to room temp, and then freeze the entire pan. Just make sure you double wrap it so the lasagna does not dry out. This is assuming you are freezing the entire pan. Once ready to reheat, thaw it out. Then bake, covered at 350 degrees F for 30-45 minutes or until heated through.
  2. Freeze before baking: To freeze before baking, simply assemble the lasagna as written in the instructions, then double wrap with plastic wrap and foil and freeze for up to 3 months. Once ready to bake, thaw out then bake according to instructions.
Nutrition Facts
Vegetarian Spinach Pumpkin Lasagna
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 311 Calories from Fat 109
% Daily Value*
Fat 12.1g19%
Saturated Fat 5.3g33%
Carbohydrates 31.3g10%
Fiber 4.4g18%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 19.1g38%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.