Looking for an unusual and healthy take on a comfort-food classic? Try this butternut squash lasagna. Did you know: Butternut squash is full of vitamins A and C and has more potassium per serving than a banana. Read on to learn about this prefect fall dish.
This butternut squash lasagna is easy to make and hard to keep your family and friends away from. It is layered like traditional lasagna, but replaces noodles with the butternut squash and adds a layer of Parmesan cheese only on the top.
The combination of butternut squash and Italian sausage gives it a sweet and spicy taste. Use your favorite tomato sauce to add your distinctive flavor to the dish.
Health Benefits of Butternut Squash
According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, one cup of cooked, cubed butternut squash (approximately 205 grams) contains:
- 82 calories, 0 grams of fat, 22 grams of carbohydrate (including 4 grams of sugar and 6.6 grams of dietary fiber) as well as 1.8 grams of protein.
- 437 percent of your vitamin A needs for the day, as well as 52 percent of vitamin C and 10 percent or more of vitamin E, thiamine, niacin, vitamin B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium and manganese.
- Butternut squash is an excellent source of potassium, bringing in 582 milligrams per 1 cup (cubed) — more than a banana!
Butternut Squash Trivia
Sure, you may only be able to use these facts with your fellow foodies; but they’re still worth noting (and using to impress those who share your finer food sensibilities). According to WebMD:
- Once called “the apple of God,” the butternut squash was prized by American Indians, who believed its seeds increased fertility.
- It has a sweet, nutty taste and is almost indistinguishable from pumpkin — probably why Australians refer to it as “butternut pumpkin” — and can be substituted in most recipes that call for pumpkin.