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Apple, Pumpkin, and Spicy Sausage Lasagna

An autumn inspired lasagna loaded with real apples, cider, pumpkin and so much cheesy goodness! This sweet and spicy savory dish is one for the books!

Apple, Pumpkin, and Spicy Sausage Lasagna | Fabtastic Eats I loooove pumpkin in savory recipes. I don’t see it to frequently, we’re all crazy over all the pumpkin loaded sweet treats, but when I do see it, or when I do it myself, I get so giddy! It’s a little different from the norm, and I love that.

I mean, isn’t that why so many of us love to cook in the first place, to experiment, try new things, trash things up, think outside the box, and reach outside of our comfort zone. It’s one of the reason I love cooking so much. And this blogging thing certainly helps.

Apple, Pumpkin, and Spicy Sausage Lasagna | Fabtastic Eats It’s pushed me to try new things, and have my family try new things, that I normally never would have. It’s taught me so much about flavor combinations and I can tell you for a fact that I see something every single day, that I never would have thought to use together, but it works. And when I see some crazy combinations, it excites me to try something new.

Apple, Pumpkin, and Spicy Sausage Lasagna | Fabtastic Eats Plus, who the heck wants to eat the same foods all the time? That’s incredibly boring.  Variety is the spice of life, right? Well, it is in the kitchen and at the dinner table as well. I can’t even explain to you the feeling of excitement and happiness that comes over me when Im trying something new to me, or experimenting with new flavors or combos in the kitchen, yes sometimes I’m weary, but when it turns out better than expected, it’s one of my favorite emotions. I can’t explain it, but I know that some of you know exactly what I’m talking about.

Apple, Pumpkin, and Spicy Sausage Lasagna | Fabtastic Eats This lasagna was one of those times. I knew that pumpkin and apple were great together, I’ve done it before and I see it daily, but they’re always in the sweeter sense, so I was certainly worried about how a savory combination might be. But it turns out, I had nothing to worry about, because IT WORKS!

Apple, Pumpkin, and Spicy Sausage Lasagna | Fabtastic Eats This lasagna has so much going on. The flavors seem kind of everywhere, but when you smell it coming out of your oven, and sink your teeth into that first bite, you’ll know what I’m talking about. It’s a touch sweet from the cooked pumpkin, but with a whole lot of heat too, and lot’s of spice! It’s an Autumn lasagna at it’s finest. You will love it!

Apple, Pumpkin, and Spicy Sausage Lasagna | Fabtastic Eats

Apple, Pumpkin, and Spicy Sausage Lasagna

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours

Yield: Serves 4-6

An autumn inspired lasagna loaded with real apples, cider, pumpkin and so much cheesy goodness! This sweet and spicy savory dish is one for the books!


  • 3 pound pumpkin
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1-1 1/2 lbs spicy turkey sausage, casings removed and diced
  • 3 apples, peeled and diced (I used gala)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 lb brussels sprouts, trimmed and sliced thin
  • 2 teaspoons cumin, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups apple cider
  • 1 cup milk (I used 2%)
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • salt and pepper
  • 10 ounces gruyere
  • 2 ounces parmesan
  • Fresh thyme removed from the sprigs
  • 8 ounces whole wheat lasagna noodles


  1. Preheat oven to 425° Quarter the pumpkin, scrape out the seeds.
  2. Slather with 1 TB olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for 35-40 minutes, until fork tender.
  3. Scoop out the pumpkin flesh and add it to a blender with the apple cider, milk, 1 teaspoon cumin, nutmeg, cayenne, and salt and pepper to taste.
  4. In a large saute pan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Saute the shallot for two minutes. Add the diced sausage and cook through.
  5. Reduce heat to medium-low. Stir in the apples, garlic, brussels, 1 tsp cumin, and crushed red pepper. Toss until the apples are softened. Remove from heat.
  6. Preheat oven to 375°
  7. To assemble the lasagna, spread a small layer of sauce on the bottom of your baking dish, followed by a layer of noodles, more sauce, then the sausage and apple mixture, sprinkle on some cheese and fresh thyme. Repeat until everything is used up, should be about three layers.
  8. Pop in the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes. Remove and allow it to cool for 15-20 minutes. Enjoy!

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  • Reply Matt

    This is one seriously awesome lasagna!!

    October 14, 2014 at 10:22 am
    • Reply Alaina

      thanks so much matt!

      October 16, 2014 at 8:50 pm
  • Reply Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps

    Fall comfort at its finest!

    October 14, 2014 at 1:26 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      totally! thanks girl!

      October 16, 2014 at 8:51 pm
  • Reply Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.

    I love this autumn lasagna! I would never have thought about adding apples!!

    October 15, 2014 at 11:51 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      It’s a sweet twist! thanks girl!

      October 16, 2014 at 9:04 pm
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  • Reply Jess

    This looks amazing, but I don’t have a pumpkin on hand. Do you think butternut squash would make a good substitute for the pumpkin?

    December 5, 2014 at 12:11 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      definitely!! they’re interchangeable to me..I’m always swapping out one for the other! enjoy!

      December 7, 2014 at 1:02 pm
  • Reply Andrev

    This looks so delicious. I wonder if you can give me a general idea of what size baking dish is required? I have a square glass pyrex dish i think it’s 8 by 8, but i’m almost certain that’s too small, and i kind of doubt my tart dish is out too. I wouldn’t be sad to have an excuse to go buy something more appropriate. 😉 Thanks!

    January 30, 2015 at 5:25 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      I used an oval pan as you can see, but it is pretty deep. I would recommend a 9×13, which you would get lots of use from too!

      February 12, 2015 at 7:04 pm
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