Cheesy, crispy, hearty, creamy, a little spicy, a little sweet, and veggie packed – it’s our Kale, Farro and Butternut Squash Gratin, and it’s about to become your new favorite comfort food!
Kale, Farro and Butternut Squash Gratin
4 Tbsp. butter
4 Tbsp. whole wheat flour
1 cup milk
Salt & Pepper, to taste
5 oz. total of Romano, parmesan and asiago cheese
2 Tbsp. butter
1 small onion, chopped
6 cups kale, ribs and stems removed, chopped
¾ tsp. salt
⅛ tsp. ground red pepper
3 cups cooked farro
1 cup golden raisins
10 oz. frozen diced butternut squash
⅓ cup panko breadcrumbs
¼ cup pine nuts, walnuts or pecans
2 Tbsp. butter, melted
½ tsp. Italian seasoning
- Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 8-inch square glass baking pan with no-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
- Melt 4 Tbsp. butter in a saucepan over low heat. Add flour and whisk, until mixture is golden. Slowly add milk, while whisking, and allow mixture to come to a simmer. Continue to whisk and simmer for 3-4 minutes, or until mixture has thickened. Add salt and pepper to taste. Remove saucepan from heat and immediately whisk in cheese until a smooth, creamy sauce is formed.
- Melt 2 Tbsp. butter in 12-inch skillet until sizzling; add onions. Cook over medium heat until softened. Add kale; cook until wilted. Sprinkle with salt and red pepper. Stir in farro, raisins and squash.
- Pour cheese sauce over farro mixture; stir until well coated. Spoon mixture into prepared baking pan.
- Combine breadcrumbs, pine nuts, 2 Tbsp. melted butter and Italian seasoning in a bowl. Sprinkle mixture evenly over casserole.
- Bake 15-20 minutes, or until topping is golden brown and casserole is beginning to bubble around edges.
Yield: 10 servings
*Per Serving: Calories 380, Total Fat 17g (Saturated 9g, Trans 0g), Cholesterol 40mg, Sodium 410mg, Total Carbohydrate 43g (Dietary Fiber 5g, Sugars 13g), Protein 13g, Vitamin A 50%, Vitamin C 25%, Calcium 25%, Iron 10%
Brittany Nikolich is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) with Festival Foods and is certified by the State of WI.
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