it was mother is a cook ( i would say chef ) and i've always loved what she served us and she has always taken great care in providing us with healthy & delicious meals. i was inspired to do the same for my family & i hope my daughters do the same for theirs. i feel bad when i hear about young ladies getting married & not knowing how to cook anything but boxed mac & cheese. actually, last week was the first time that i made baked ziti & i've been married almost 10 years. i know some people make it once a week (which is fine if that's what they want to keep doing, but for those who are looking for a change, I thought I'd give some inspiration). and so, i have started a food blog to help get some creative juices flowing.

Friday, October 15, 2010

pumpkin lasagna

i substituted w/ brown rice lasagna noodles.

cook lasagna noodles according to box. & preheat oven to 350.

saute in 2 T. olive oil~ 1 Lrg sweet onion chopped

3 garlic cloves minced ( i just crushed mine)

1/4 t. italian seasoning

add sliced mushrooms

10 oz. bag of baby spinach leaves (until wilted) and set aside for a few

add 1/3 jar Alfredo sauce

mix together 1 15 oz. container ricotta

16 oz. pumpkin puree

1/2 t. salt

1/4 t.ground pepper

1/8 t. nutmeg

3/4 c. grated parmesan cheese

spray pan. spread 1/2 c. alfredo sauce ( or1/3 jar) on bottom of pan

layer noodles, ricotta mixture, veggie mixture & repeat.

finish w/ noodles & 1/3 jar alfredo sauce on top

cover w/ foil & bake 45 min

uncover & grate parmesan on top. cook uncovered 15 min

let rest for 15 min b/4 cutting



  1. Just wanted to be the first comment on your new blog ;)!!! Congrats! Can't wait to see your postings!

  2. this sounds kinda weird & i thought so too when my mother in law invited us up for this. i was dreading it & i always love what she makes. but thankfully i didn't have to pretend to like it. it was fabulous!

  3. my friend Katie made this recipe, and I had plate the other day - DELICIOUS!!

  4. This is really cool Jewels - love your nickname - fits you perfectly. :)