Spinach, pumpkin, walnut, basil and ricotta lasagna
A deliciously different lasagna made with spinach, pumpkin, walnuts, fresh basil and ricotta cheese.

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 onion—dice
2 cloves garlic—minced (crushed)
14 oz (420g) canned tomatoes—chopped
½ cup vegetable or chicken stock
1½ teaspoons salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
2 lb (1kg) pumpkin of your choice—peeled and cut into small cubes
6 oz (180g) dried lasagna sheets
8 oz (240g) packet frozen spinach—defrosted and squeezed to remove excess liquid
8 oz (240g) ricotta cheese
3½ oz (75g) chopped walnuts
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese


PREHEAT the oven to 200°C/400°F and lightly grease a baking dish with olive oil. HEAT 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat and cook the onion for 5 minutes, stirring regularly. ADD the garlic and cook for a minute. ADD the tomatoes, stock, salt, pepper and basil and bring to the boil. REDUCE the heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. WHILE the sauce simmers, boil or steam the pumpkin for 5 minutes. ADD the remaining tablespoon of olive oil to the sauce at the end of cooking. SPOON a thin layer of the tomato sauce on the bottom of the greased baking dish. PLACE a layer of lasagna sheets on top. SPOON one quarter of the remaining tomato sauce on the pasta and arrange the spinach evenly on top. PLACE a layer of lasagna sheets on top. SPOON another quarter of the tomato sauce on the pasta and spread the ricotta evenly on top. PLACE a layer of lasagna sheets on top. SPOON the third quarter of the tomato sauce on the pasta and arrange the cooked cubed pumpkin and walnuts evenly on top. PLACE the last layer of lasagna sheets on top and spoon over the remaining tomato to cover and sprinkle evenly with the parmesan cheese. COVER tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. REMOVE the foil and bake, uncovered, for a further 10 minutes until the cheese is golden and bubbling. SERVE with a salad on the side.

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