Some recipes are so rich, so decadent, so on point, that they can only be truly appreciated if they're made once a year. Cooking the dish annually becomes an event, something to look forward to, and besides making a dish more often would be overkill otherwise and would lose its charm.
The recipe I am most often asked for is one of those recipes. It's always a hit, and I've been looking forward to Fall so that, among other reasons (sweater weather, I'm looking at you), I could share it here. I don't usually make it until late October or early November, but as Fall seems to be creeping in, I wanted to make sure to share this favorite recipe nice and early in the season, so you'd have a chance to make it.
It's creamy, savory, sweet, cheesy, and just brimming with flavors. It's somehow both familiar and new. It's Pumpkin Lasagna.
And what's more, it's easy. Cheese ravioli are layered with a mixture of pumpkin, cheese, and cream, interspersed with greens and fresh sage. It's consistently a huge hit at parties, and I bet it would make a fun (vegetarian) addition to Thanksgiving. Either way, I promise you won't regret making it.
Oh, and though it says the greens are optional, don't leave them out. They add a much-needed contrast in flavor and texture. Color, too.
Please make it.
It looks nothing like this, but this was the best I could do.
Do you have a once-a-year favorite? Have you ever tried a pumpkin lasagna?