Au Gratin-Pumpkin Layered Casserole

Ready in 45 minutes
Complexity: Easy Peasy
Serves 8 People
Entrée

In this Idahoan approach to lasagna we’ve layered our creamy Au Gratin Homestyle Potatoes with vitamin rich kale or spinach and a pumpkin Parmesan sauce for a delicious taste of autumn.

 

Au Gratin-Pumpkin Layered Casserole
Serves: 8-10
 
Ingredients
  • 2 packages Idahoan® Au Gratin Homestyle Casserole
  • 2 cups firmly packed fresh spinach or kale, washed, stemmed and chopped
  • 1 lb container of ricotta
  • 2 eggs
  • Pumpkin Parmesan sauce, prepared (recipe follows)
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
Pumpkin-Parmesan Pasta Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small shallot, chopped
  • ½ cup onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 15 oz-can pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ tsp ground sage
  • ½ tsp freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 Tbsp fresh sage, chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Prepare Au Gratin Homestyle Casserole following “stove top” directions on the package.
  3. In a 9 x 13" casserole dish, layer half of the potatoes on the bottom of the dish. Sprinkle 1 cup of the spinach or kale over potatoes. Blend the ricotta and eggs together and use half of this mixture to layer on top of the spinach. Layer next with 1½ cup of the pumpkin sauce.
  4. Repeat layers one more time, garnishing with Parmesan cheese.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Let rest 5-10 minutes before cutting.
Pumpkin-Parmesan Pasta Sauce
  1. In a large saucepan over medium high heat, add olive oil. Add shallots and onion and sauté until translucent. Add garlic and sauté one minute more. Add pumpkin, broth, cream, vinegar and spices to the onion, shallots, garlic mixture. Stir to blend and simmer on low for 5 minutes. Gradually stir in ⅓ of the cheese to the sauce until blended. Repeat with another ⅓ of the cheese. When cheese is melted add remaining cheese. Stir in chopped fresh sage.

 

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