I grew up in a family that was pretty fond of casseroles. If it could be baked in a 9 x 13 dish and serve a small crowd, we were fans. If it contained some sort of Campbell's condensed soup and was topped with something fried and/or crunchy, even better. A good casserole was always great for bringing the family together.
The only casserole-style dish my family wouldn't touch was lasagna. Because there was such a strong aversion to the dish, I never tried lasagna until I was in my late teens, and to be perfectly honest, I felt jipped that I hadn't been eating it my whole life. I'm sure you can understand why, when I got my very own kitchen, I had to make up for lost time in the lasagna department.
For awhile there, lasagna was my "thing." I made tons of different types until I discovered butternut squash lasagna. Hands down, my favorite lasagna of all time, and I made it a lot. And I became pretty dang good at it.
Since becoming vegan, however, I haven't attempted this dish because, well, you know how it goes: You have some kale you need to use up or you've been wanting to try that one recipe you saw on that one site, and before you know it, it's summer and you don't really feel like eating lasagna. Then you realize it's fall again and it's been almost two years since you've had butternut squash lasagna and it's high time that you veganize your old favorite.
So, right when I was realizing that I needed to get my lasagna on, so to speak, something really awesome happens. Christy Morgan, the amazing talent behind The Blissful Chef, asked me to do a guest post in her series dedicated to cooking tools, more specifically in November when she was going to be featuring the casserole dish. It felt like fate calling and telling me that there was no better time to put the vegan spin on this awesome dish.
Photography by Chris Miller
this looks SO GOOD. i can't wait to read the recipe. my mom never really made lasagna growing up. i remember not liking it the one time i tried it. this, on the other hand, i'm sure i would love. especially considering my deep love for butternut squash, mushrooms, and pecans.
Thank you, Cailtin! If you love butternut, mushrooms and pecans, then this is your lasagna, lady! 🙂
Yeah I've done usually Isa's Lasagna I think with Cauliflowers and spinach type...its been awhile
This looks awesome I would just replace the mushrooms with zucchini. I love the butternut squash.... I love the pecan parm.. I just had raw pecan meat tacos from the drive thru vegan place in san diego and it was awesome, so I am wanting more pecan now...
The pecan parm is my favorite part- I've been putting the leftovers on everything! 🙂
We were the lasagna family 😉 - when dad got into the kitchen, that's what he made. But I've had to give up dad's because it has, oh I don't know, five different kinds of meat and 3 kinds of cheese... I love butternut and pasta and with that green peaking out - gorgeous. Heading over to check out the post!
Thanks, Annie! My dad had a pasta dish with about 3 different meats and a ton of cheese too- I gave it up a looooooong time a go. 🙂
i love the colors at work here.. the orange, green, earthy shrooms! yummm
Thank you, Richa! 🙂
Gabby @ the veggie nook
This sounds amazing! It's funny, lasagna was one of the first dishes I veganized- clearly I was missing comfort food 😉
Thanks, Gabby! It's so interesting what we crave when we need comfort food, isn't it? I want starchy stuff- bread, potatoes, etc. 🙂
This whole concoction just works perfectly! Every part sounds so yummy Kristy! Love it!
Thank you, my dear! I hope you are well! xo
Sounds like am amazing comfort dish for fall. It looks delicious! I always loved when my family made spinach lasagna growing up. I haven't attempted to create a vegan version of that one yet. 😉
Thank you! A spinach lasagna sounds absolutely divine!
This lasagna looks incredible! I adore butternut squash. And the pecan parmesan is brilliant 🙂 I cannot wait to make this. I might make it for my family for Sunday dinner in the next week or so. I think it would be a hit with the vegetarians and the meat eaters!
Oh, I hope you and your family enjoy it, Courtney! Thank you! 🙂
LOVE lasagna - your butternut version looks to die for! Every year I make a lasagna on Halloween, there is just something so warm and cozy about it that gets me craving a big slice once the days begin to shorten 🙂
Thank you! Lasagna always tastes best in the fall, doesn't it? 🙂
This looks to-die-for!! This will be a perfect Thanksgiving dish! 🙂
Thanks, Kim! I hope you love it as much as we do! 🙂
It looks like the links no longer work to get to the recipe. Any chance you could share it in a different way?
No problem- I've added the recipe in. Thanks!
Want to make this for Christmas. Was wondering if it can be made ahead and frozen?
It should be fine but it would be best fresh.
This was so delicious. On the sweeter side for a pasta dish, but very good nonetheless. Will be making it as my holiday meal in 2018! I have re-made the pecan parm several times already for use in other dishes. So yummy. Thank you!