Butternut Squash and Kale Roll-ups Recipe

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Either you like squash or you don’t.  Most people aren’t ‘in-betweeners’ when it comes to squash.  For some reason I am always surprised when people tell me they don’t like squash.  To me it is like one of those delicacy seasonal fruits and veggies, such as peaches, that you really can only have during a certain time of year.  And Fall seems to be the time for squash. Squash is so delicious and can be cooked in a lot of different ways. And doesn’t the name Butternut just sound delicious?  I always grew up eating squash mashed with brown sugar, and so I just thought that is the way everyone ate it.  I remember the first time I prepared squash after I was married, my husband looked at me like I was crazy.  His family never added brown sugar to their squash.  Straight up butter, salt and pepper.  I have since determined that butternut squash is naturally sweet and so doesn’t really need any added sugar.  But adding a little cinnamon and nutmeg to it, is like a little bit of heaven.  This recipe combines the sweetness of the butternut squash, with the savory of cheese and kale to make a perfectly matched super power dinner.

Butternut Squash and Kale. DINNER IDEA!! Cheesy and delicious, plus easy to make!

Begin by cubing your butternut squash.  You will need about 1 pound.   Place in a pot of boiling water and boil until soft.

Butternut Squash and Kale. DINNER IDEA!! Cheesy and delicious, plus easy to make!

Rinse your baby kale, and then chop it up nice and fine.  You will use about 6 cups of packed kale (pre-chopped)

Butternut Squash and Kale. DINNER IDEA!! Cheesy and delicious, plus easy to make!
Butternut Squash and Kale. DINNER IDEA!! Cheesy and delicious, plus easy to make!

Next combine your ingredients for the butternut squash sauce.  I blended mine in a blender, but you can also use an immersion blender.  Blend until nice and creamy.

Butternut Squash and Kale. DINNER IDEA!! Cheesy and delicious, plus easy to make!
Butternut Squash and Kale. DINNER IDEA!! Cheesy and delicious, plus easy to make!

Combine the ingredients for the cheesy filling in a bowl.  You can use just ricotta, but I like to use cottage cheese and ricotta.

Butternut Squash and Kale. DINNER IDEA!! Cheesy and delicious, plus easy to make!

Layout your cooked lasagna noodles on a flat surface.  A piece of wax paper or tin foil works well for clean up.   Spread a layer of the cheesy-kale filling on each noodle.

Butternut Squash and Kale. DINNER IDEA!! Cheesy and delicious, plus easy to make!

Place a thin layer of the butternut sauce in a 9×13 baking dish.  Roll up each lasagna noodle and place in the baking dish.

Butternut Squash and Kale Roll-ups. DINNER IDEA!! Cheesy and delicious, plus easy to make!

Pour the remaining sauce of the rolls.

Butternut Squash and Kale Roll-ups. DINNER IDEA!! Cheesy and delicious, plus easy to make!

Sprinkle with cheese and bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes covered until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Butternut Squash and Kale Roll-ups. DINNER IDEA!! Cheesy and delicious, plus easy to make!

Yum.  Serve this sweet and savory dish with a side of roasted veggies and sweet fruit for a delicious meal!

Butternut Squash and Kale Roll-ups. DINNER IDEA!! Cheesy and delicious, plus easy to make!
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Butternut Squash and Kale Roll-ups

This recipe combines sweet butternut squash with savory cheese and kale to make a perfectly matched super power dinner.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: butternut squash, kale, pasta, roll-ups, vegetarian
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 380kcal

Ingredients

Sauce

  • 1 pound butternut squash
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 clove garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, ground

Roll-Ups

  • 6 ounce lasagna noodles, dry
  • 6 cup kale
  • 8 ounce ricotta cheese, part skim milk
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup colby-jack cheese, shredded

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Cook lasagna noodles according to package.  You will need about 9 for this recipe.
  • Peel and dice butternut squash. Chop onion; mince garlic.
  • Add butternut squash to a large pot of boiling water, and cook until soft. Drain squash and set aside.
  • Saute onions and garlic together until onions are translucent and soft. Combine with squash in a blender along with nutmeg, salt and pepper. Blend until smooth. Ladle about 1/2 cup butternut sauce sauce on the bottom of a 9 x 12 baking dish.
  • Rinse and dry baby kale, and chop into small pieces. In a medium bowl, combine kale, ricotta, cottage cheese, Parmesan, egg, salt and pepper.
  • On a piece of wax paper or tin foil, lay out lasagna noodles. Spread the cheese mixture evenly over noodle. Roll and place seam side down onto the baking dish. Repeat with remaining noodles.
  • Pour remaining sauce over the roll-ups in the baking dish and top each one with your choice of shredded cheese. Put foil over baking dish and bake for 40 minutes, or until cheese melts and everything is hot and bubbly.
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Nutrition

Calories: 380kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 626mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g

 

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18 Comments

These look delicious; I’ll have to give them a shot sometime soon. I’m not sure if I’ll like it because of the squash (not a big fan), but everything is worth a shot at least once!

These look amazing!! I’ve been using kale in smoothies for a while now because of their great health properties–and honestly, you can’t taste it really, unless you are putting WAY too much kale in!

This looks great. I have some extra squash at home, since it’s fall and in season.

I love the “rolling up” factor of this recipe. I think the kids will have a lot of fun helping out with it.

Kale is also one of my favourite vegetables. Not only is it super healthy, It grows year round where I live, so I can enjoy it locally all year round.

I have all the ingredients of this at home right now except the ricotta, but I love cooking with cottage cheese so I will just put some extra in.

Assembled these last night for dinner this evening. They look divine…I can’t wait to try them. The real test will be whether or not my 4 yo daughter tries them!

Just made these for my husband and 2 daughters, and they are SO GOOD!! Thank you! They will definitely be on our dinner menu again.

Thank you!! I love this recipe! My family enjoyed it, too. This was the first time my husband liked a recipe with butternut squash. I pinned this so I can make it again and again.

I made this last night, and it turned out perfectly! It has a great, slightly sweet flavor, and the kale added body but not much taste. I have not enjoyed kale in the past but both my husband and I really like this dish. I will make this on a day that I have an hour to spend making dinner with a glass of wine.

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This recipe looks delicious – I love butternut squash too. How would you adjust the recipe to be able to freeze it well? Thanks!

I’m not sure you would need adjustments. I would freeze just like a regular lasagna and it should turn out fine. It may require a bit more baking time after because there will likely be more liquid from the veggies.

I assume I could use spinach instead of kale? I don’t get kale where I live. I so want to try this, it looks so delicious!

This sounds great except that we don’t eat food substitutes like pasta. I’ve made “lasagna” before using zucchini cut lengthwise. Have you or anyone else tried this recipe using zucchini strips instead of pasta?

Thanks for the idea!

Had very high hopes for this dish but sadly it was not a hit with the family. There’s something about the sweetness of the butternut with nutmeg and the rest of the ingredients that didn’t sit well with us. Love the idea of it though!

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