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A new gluten-free and nutrient-packed side dish that will become a favorite classic dish for the family table or a holiday meal.


Recipe Summary

40 mins
1 hr 5 mins
25 mins
1 11x13-inch dish


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist
White Sauce:


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly grease an 11x13-inch glass baking dish baking with olive oil.

  • Melt 5 tablespoons butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat; cook until bubbling and beginning to brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir arrowroot flour into the butter until completely moistened; season with 1 teaspoon marjoram, salt, black pepper, and nutmeg.

  • Pour almond milk over the arrowroot mixture, whisking continually to integrate. Bring mixture to a boil, stir ricotta cheese into the mixture until smooth, and immediately remove saucepan from heat.

  • Pour about 1/3 of the ricotta mixture into the prepared baking dish and spread into an even layer. Layer about half the butternut squash, kale, and onion atop the sauce, respectively; top with about 1/2 of the ricotta mixture. Layer remaining squash, kale, and onion over the second layer of ricotta mixture and then cover with remaining ricotta mixture. Cover the dish tightly with aluminum foil.

  • Bake in preheated oven until the squash is tender, about 30 minutes. Remove and discard aluminum foil.

  • Mash the almond meal, nutritional yeast, 5 tablespoons butter, Parmesan cheese, 1/2 teaspoon marjoram, thyme, and sea salt together with a fork or pastry cutter; spread in a layer atop the gratin.

  • Continue baking until the gratin is bubbling and the topping is browned, 5 to 10 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

Coconut oil is a suitable replacement for olive oil, if you prefer.

You can use 1/4 cup flaxseed meal in place of nutritional yeast.

Nutritional yeast resembles Parmesan cheese in flavor and looks light light brown flakes. It is nutrient-dense, as is flax meal; both are inexpensive and add a punch of flavor to the topping.

Watch dish closely when baking uncovered, as meal tends to burn easily.

Nutrition Facts

327 calories; protein 9.6g; carbohydrates 30.6g; fat 21.1g; cholesterol 39.8mg; sodium 400.8mg. Full Nutrition