Here is a wonderful fall recipe that uses lots of local ingredients from the farmers' market and is quick and easy for a yummy weeknight meal.
Butternut Squash Lasagne
2 teaspoon olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
8 ounces sliced mushrooms
3 garlic gloves, pressed or minced
28 ounces chopped tomatoes (you can use canned tomatoes, drained or fresh chopped tomatoes)
1 butternut squash (about 2 ½ pounds), peeled and cut into 1/8-inch-thick slices
1 container (15 ounces) ricotta cheese
1 package (8 ounces) mozzarella cheese
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and mushrooms; cook 5 to 7 minutes. Add garlic; cook an additional 30 seconds. Reduce heat to medium-low, add all but ½ cup tomatoes and simmer 5 minutes.
Place remaining tomatoes on bottom of 13x9-inch baking pan. Layer half of squash on top of tomatoes. Spread ricotta evenly with back of spoon over squash. Sprinkle with 1 cup mozzarella cheese and half of tomato mixture. Layer with remaining squash, tomato mixture and mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
Cover with aluminum foil sprayed with cooking spray. Bake 35 minutes. Uncover; bake an additional 20 to 25 minutes or until squash is tender. Let stand 20 minutes before serving.
The Western Wake Farmers' Market is open year round in Cary and offers recipes once a month here on Go Ask Mom. Here's what's coming up in November at the market.
8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday: The markets' annual fall craft fair with an additional 50 craft and artisan vendors; face painting with LynneSue Fisher; Music by No Worries from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m..
Nov. 12: Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon. Music by Ross Warren from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Nov. 19: Market open from 8 a.m. to noon. Face painting with LynneSue Fisher
Tuesday, Nov. 22: Pre-Thanksgiving market from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Every customer that shops at the Pre-Thanksgiving market is automatically entered in to win a free holiday gift basket featuring items from our vendors.
Nov. 26: Market is closed
Starting Saturday, Dec. 3, the market will move to its winter season hours of 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays.