Giada’s make ahead recipes for Thanksgiving

Need help preparing for Thanksgiving with only three days to go? Giada suggests these recipes to get a head start on your festive feast.

Butternut squash lasagna
Servings:

Serves 8 to 10

Ingredients

    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 (1 1/2- to 2-pound) butternut squash, peeled, seeded, cut into 1-inch cubes
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 3 amaretti cookies, crumbled
    • 1/4 cup butter
    • 1/4 cup flour
    • 3 1/2 cups whole milk
    • 3/4 cup (lightly packed) fresh basil leaves
    • Pinch of nutmeg
    • 12 no-boil lasagna noodles
    • 2 1/2 cups shredded whole milk mozzarella cheese
    • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese

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Roasted root vegetable salad
Servings:

Serves 6; vinaigrette yields about 2/3 cup

Ingredients

    • 18 red pearl onions, peeled
    • 2 large carrots, peeled, halved lengthwise, cut into 1/3-inch wide pieces
    • 2 large parsnips, peeled, halved lengthwise, cut into 1/2-inch wide pieces
    • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • 3/4 teaspoon herbes de Provence
    • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 (5-ounce) bag baby arugula
    • 1 ripe pear, halved, cored, cut into thin wedges
    • Apple cider vinaigrette
    • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • Apple cider vinaigrette

    • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon honey
    • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

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Red pepper cheesecake
Servings:

Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients

    • 4 ounces ricotta cheese
    • 4 ounces cream cheese
    • 2 ounces goat cheese
    • 1 tablespoon sugar
    • 1 egg
    • Pinch kosher salt
    • 2 jarred roasted red bell peppers cut in thin strips and halved (about 1/2 cup)
    • 4 pitas
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • 1/4 cup apricot jam
    • 1 to 2 teaspoons hot water

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