Pumpkin, kale and pork lasagna

This is in large part a recipe based on a Food52 recipe, but what I have done is deconstruct it further. Italian sausage is not an ingredient that is readily available in the UK, so after some research and testing I came up with my own recipe. I decided to roast my own pumpkin, and ended up using the pumpkin seeds as the topping. This dish was also the first time I had made fresh pasta, and I was really pleased with the end result. It is a multi-day effort, but can be made in advance if you are serving to a number of people and requires no last minute attention apart from letting it cool once you take it out of the oven.

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Italian sausage

  • 1kg minced pork
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp fennel seeds, toasted then ground
  • 2 tsp black peppercorns, toasted then ground
  • 1 tbsp dried basil
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg, grated
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup

Pumpkin Béchamel

  • 90g butter
  • 90g flour
  • 1l hot whole milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 medium pumpkin or winter squash, roasted


  • 2 large eggs
  • 200g flour, plus extra if needed (I used plain/all purpose flour, but you can use 00 if you wish)

Pumpkin seeds

  • pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tbsp kosher salt
  • olive oil

For the lasagna

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 200g kale
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 500g ricotta
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons fresh sage, finely chopped
  • 250g fresh mozzarella (shredded or sliced)
  • 20g finely shredded parmesan

Day One

Day two


Pumpkin seeds

Pasta dough

Day three

Béchamel sauce

Kale and sausage, and ricotta fillings



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