Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Open Lasagne with King Prawns, Butternut Squash and Spinach

I've been wanting to make an open lasagne for ages but I think the fear of the pasta sheets sticking together put me off. And true to form, when I did make it...the pasta sheets stuck together. But I have discovered the trick - only boil 3-4 sheets at a time. Yes, it takes a while if you're cooking for lots of people but trust me, its worth it. I love this dish, apart from the mischievous pasta sheets, its incredibly easy to make and looks very pretty. Perfect for a dinner party or weekday treat!

Tip: When you cook the pasta, take it out about two minutes before you think its cooked and place into a dish with olive and hot water (it can then sit there keeping warm whilst you cook the other batches!)

Open Lasagne with King Prawns, Butternut Squash and Spinach

4x Lasagne Sheets per person
1xButternut Squash (diced into bite sized chunks)
300g Raw King Prawns
100g Spinach
Cherry Tomatos (as many as you want)
1 x bunch of Coriander (half very finely chopped and half roughly chopped)
1 x red chilli
1 x Garlic Cloves (sliced)
1 x tsp Ginger (grated)
1 x massive knob of butter
The juice of 1 lemon

Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Place the Squash and garlic in an oven proof dish, drizzle with lots of olive oil, season and pop in the oven for about 15-20mins. Start cooking the pasta sheets in batches (see tip above picture!). About five minutes before the pasta is all done, drizzle the tomatoes with olive oil and place in the oven with the squash. Then heat up a little oil in a pan and gently fry the finely chopped coriander, chilli and ginger for about 2 minutes on a low heat. The add the prawns, lemon juice and butter and turn the heat to medium. Cook for about 4 minutes. Now everything is cooked, simply layer it all up, I like the messy/rustic look but if you want it to really impress use a circular or square ring and layer it up inside the ring. I start with a bed of spinach, place a layer of pasta on top, then the squash, another layer of pasta, then the prawns, add another layer of pasta, then top with the squash and prawns and sprinkle with the roughly chopped coriander. There should be lots of juice from the prawns so drizzle this all on top. Enjoy!

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