Beef and Pumpkin Lasagne; Lock Down Shopping

A few weeks ago I decided we were through eating winter squashes.

I had 2 of the blue pumpkins and 1 butternut squash left and they all looked like they were ready for the compost.

Then the lock-down happened…..

I had a closer look.

The butternut squash and 1 pumpkin definitely were ready for compost (actually, they’re eaten by the wild critters that lurk around the compost, but that’s okay). The other pumpkin was orange rather than blue but seemed fine.

It was.

I retrieved my machete and mallet and proceeded to butcher it.

We had roast pumpkin slices for 4 nights, I have 5 containers of puree in the freezer for gratins and I made this lasagne.

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Beef and Pumpkin Lasagne

I diced the pumpkin and added it to the meat sauce to cook. It was done in the same time as the sauce.

  • Author: Katie Zeller
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Pasta


  • 1520 sheets ‘no-cook’ lasagna noodles
  • 12oz (360gr) ground beef
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 15oz (450gr) whole tomatoes, peeled, chopped, juices reserved
  • 1 cup (8oz, 240ml) tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 10oz (300gr) diced pumpkin, about 2 cups
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 2 tbs flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk, 12oz, (360ml)
  • 1 cup (8oz, 250gr) ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup (4oz, 120gr) shredded mozzarella


  • Meat Sauce:
  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, and sauté for 5 minutes.
  • Add garlic, paprika,and sauté briefly.
  • Add beef, pumpkin and sauté, breaking beef up as it browns.
  • Add tomatoes, juices, herbs to skillet.
  • Cover, reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.
  • Béchamel sauce:
  • In a medium saucepan heat the butter over low heat.
  • Add flour and stir with a whisk for 1 minute.
  • Add a little (1/4 cup) of the milk and whisk to combine.
  • Turn heat up to medium-high and keep adding milk, a little at a time and whisking. You should have added all of the milk in a minute or two.
  • When all of the milk is in bring to a boil, whisking.
  • Add ricotta, whisking until it melts and makes a thick sauce. Remove from heat.
  • To assemble:
  • in an square, 10 X 10 (25 X 25cm) or oblong baking dish, 8 X 10, (20 X 25cm) or so… make the following layers:
  • 1/3 meat sauce
  • 3 – 4 lasagne noodles, break up if needed to get good coverage
  • 1/3 meat sauce
  • 3 – 4 lasagne noodles
  • 1/2 béchamel sauce
  • 3 – 4 lasagne noodles
  • 1/3 meat sauce
  • 3 – 4 lasagne noodles
  • 1/2 béchamel sauce
  • 3 – 4 lasagne noodles
  • all of the tomato sauce
  • all of the shredded cheese
  • Cover and bake 400F (200C) for 20 – 25 minutes, or until noodles are tender. Test in center with a sharp knife.
  • Uncover and bake 5 minutes longer to brown cheese.
  • Remove and let rest for 5 minutes.


You could use any winter squash instead of the pumpkin.
This was enough for 2 meals for 2 people.

Keywords: lasagne, beef lasagna, pumpkin lasagne

Beef & Pumpkin Lasagne

I haven’t been grocery shopping for almost 3 weeks. I decided it was time and I probably shouldn’t wait until we were desparate.

I had been planning on doing a ‘Drive’ – order online then drive up, have it loaded into the car and I’m done. Supposedly time from arriving at the store to leaving is 5 minutes.

I can deal with 5 minutes.

I chose the store closest to me and signed up.

I had to wait in line to get into the virtual store.

Seriously. There was a little line with a clock on it.

After about 2 hours I finally had my next 2 – 3 weeks of food ordered. It took me awhile because the site was unfamiliar and the organization was, shall we say interesting…. at least to me,

For example: cookies were classified as ‘Breakfast’ (which was a classification) but orange juice wasn’t. Orange juice was a beverage in with the wine, beer and soft drinks. Canned fruit was also under breakfast.

Flour was under sweets…..

Anyway, I finally finished my order, paid for it and then was told that I had to choose a time to pick it up – next Monday.

A whole week!

Obviously, a lot of people are using the pick-up service.

Sadly, for me, there were a few things I needed before next week.

I went to the other store. I didn’t have to wait in line,…. It just said ‘Busy, try again later’

I kept trying…. I finally nailed it just right and got on. I ordered a few staples (wine, potatoes, yogurt), checked out and, again, was asked when I wanted to pick it up…. Was 2 hours okay?

I printed out my permission slip and headed out.

Foolishly, I thought the pick-up spot would be by the store.

It wasn’t.

It was tucked into an industrial area about a million miles away. Thankfully, Google Maps works even in a lock down.

It was a really slick set-up. There were spots for 4 cars and I had to wait about 2 minutes for my turn. I pulled up, flashed my store card at the screen, and 2 minutes later a clerk (wearing a mask) came out and put the bags in the back of my car and I drove off.

So – that is how we shop during lock down.

I didn’t even have to show anyone my permission slip.

5 thoughts on “Beef and Pumpkin Lasagne; Lock Down Shopping”

  1. I shopped that way too up to last Sunday. I only had to wait four days for my order. Oh, and almost four hours for my shopper to pull everything. Thing 1 is a nurse and has volunteered for the COVID unit at her hospital. She’ll get a couple days off this weekend and has kindly offered to go shopping for me, but she’ll be wearing most of her equipment to make sure she stays safe.

    I wish the wait times were only two hours here. The panic buying/hoarding is ridiculous. Just ridiculous.

    • The idea is great,. The store with the week-long wait has most stuff, but not everything. The one with the 2 hour wait is much more limited. It’s in a separate place, not connected to the actual supermarket. I’m learning….. Like the rest of the world

  2. I discovered I can get a Costco delivery, about 50 miles through instacart, for a $30.00 fee. The prices of the items are surcharged also. The fee goes to the Uber driver. I’m not ready to try it yet but with a few friends to split the fee, its tempting.

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