Lasagna gets infused with some Mexican flair in the form a butternut squash filling and spicy beer-chocolate mole sauce.
mole butternut squash lasagna

If I haaaaavvveee to carb load and eat ALL THE PASTA for this little marathon thing that I’m doing in three weeks.

Then you’re going down with me.

So sad for you. Don’t look so forlorn.


And because variety is the spice of life. You know what else has carbs?

Beer and chocolate.

Triple carb loading? Say whaatt?! Oh, yes. We’re doing this.


The truth is, you would be a total weirdo if, while brainstorming savory recipe ideas for beer+chocolate, mole never popped into your head. It’s like…THE way to eat chocolate for dinner.

You know, other than just…eating chocolate for dinner. But I wouldn’t know anyone who is involved in shenanigans like that. Ahem.

Mole tacos–>Mole enchiladas–>Mole enchilada casserole–>Mole lasagna.

You can see the logical progression, right?

Sweet caramelized roasted butternut squash stuffed into lasagna noodles that are draped in a spicy chocolatey beer-infused tomato sauce and sprinkled with a good hearty layer of cheddar cheese. It just had to happen.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

(As a side note – Rachel of Rachel Cooks is featuring me on her A Day In the Life series today! Head on over here to check it out!)


And for even MORE excitement, in addition to providing me with the delicious chocolate to create this recipe, Divine has offered a giveaway to THREE of my readers!! Divine, which, by the way, is the premium chocolate brand and Fair Trade social enterprise co-owned by cocoa farmers in Ghana, has added two new products to its delicious range of chocolate, which are being launched exclusively with Whole Foods Market in October. THREE winners will be awarded a gift set that includes (1) Divine Dark Chocolate Apricots – Tangy sun-dried apricots from the Mountain Fruits cooperative in Northern Pakistan enrobed in Divine’s critically-acclaimed dark chocolate AND (2) Divine Dark and Milk Chocolate Mixed Nuts – Crunchy Fairtrade almonds, cashews and brazil nuts from Liberation Foods enrobed in Divine’s rich dark chocolate and creamy milk chocolate.

To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment telling me whether you’re more of a milk, dark, or bittersweet chocolate kinda person. For extra entries you can

  1. Follow @joanneeatswell on Twitter and Tweet: I’d love to win @DivineChocUSA Dark Chocolate Apricots and Dark & Milk Chocolate Mixed Nuts #DivineInNYC
  2. Like Divine Chocolate USA on Facebook ( and leave the comment: I’d love to win Divine Dark Chocolate Apricots and Dark & Milk Chocolate Mixed Nuts. Sent by Eats Well With Others #DivineInNYC
  3. Follow @DivineChocUSA on Twitter and Tweet: I’d love to win Divine’s Dark Chocolate Apricots and Dark & Milk Chocolate Mixed Nuts #DivineInNYC @joanneeatswell

Good Luck! Three winners will be selected at random and notified by October 21st. Divine Chocolate is responsible for delivery of the Gift Sets. This giveaway is open to US residents only.

Mole Butternut Squash Lasagna
Lasagna gets infused with some Mexican flair in the form a butternut squash filling and beer-chocolate mole` sauce.
Yield: 8 servings
  • ½ large butternut squash, halved lengthwise and sliced thinly
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, plus more for brushing
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1½ lb heirloom tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 14 oz canned diced tomatoes
  • 12 oz Bluepoint Brewery Oktoberfest
  • 1.5 oz bittersweet chocolate
  • ½ tsp chipotle chili powder
  • ¼ lb dried beans, soaked overnight and boiled until tender
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 8 oz cheddar cheese or pepperjack, shredded
  • 12 lasagna noodles
  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Arrange butternut squash slices on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and black pepper. Bake for 30 minutes or until tender.
  3. In the meantime, heat olive oil in a large pot. Add the garlic and saute over medium heat until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add in the heirloom tomatoes and the canned diced tomatoes. Saute until tomatoes start to break down, about 10 minutes. Add in the beer, chocolate, and chili powder. Reduce for another 20 minutes. Season to taste with salt.
  4. Coat the bottom of a 9x13-inch pan with one cup of the sauce. Top with four lasagna noodles, half of the butternut squash and half of the beans. Top with a third of the cheese and a second layer of sauce. Repeat with four more noodles, the rest of the butternut squash and the rest of the beans. Sprinkle with half of the remaining cheese. Top with the remaining noodles, the remaining sauce, and the remaining cheese.
  5. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for 15 minutes more until top is crispy and browned. Let sit for five minutes before serving.
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Serving size: ⅛th of recipe


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131 Responses to Mole Butternut Squash Lasagna #giveaway #divineinNYC

  1. I don’t run in marathons, but I am more than happy to share in the carb loading. For empathy. And, for me, it’s dark chocolate. Well, any chocolate actually.

  2. Caroline says:

    Dark chocolate, definitely

  3. Cori says:

    Dark Chocolate!

  4. Simply Life says:

    oh this is so creative! I’m off to check out A Day in the Life!…

  5. Blond Duck says:

    I’ll join in the carb party!

  6. I am so totally a dark chocolate gal 🙂
    I love the creativity of this dish! Looks absolutely incredible.

  7. Trisha says:

    Carb loading for the win, always.
    Good luck in your marathon!

  8. Sam says:

    (1) Dark chocolate all the way, (2) yes, your chain of dishes to get to mole lasagna is totally logical, (3) I’ll be watching the “little race” happening in a couple weeks from my window (perfect view of the route along Lafayette Ave)–good luck!

  9. Mmm, dark chocolate. Plus, chocolate with dried fruit and nuts is one of my favorite things.

  10. This sounds ahmazing! Dark chocolate for me.

  11. Dark chocolate all the way!! And that lasagna looks amazing!

  12. Look at those layers! This is a perfect lasagna, thanks for sharing!!

  13. Oh this looks just too good to be true!! I love lasgana and this will definitely become a favorite. You are so creative with your dishes :). Great interview by the way, it’s great to get an insight into your day 🙂

  14. Dawn says:

    Oooo I love mole!!! I do a mole chili so I know I would love this!!!

  15. Katie says:

    Dark, for sure!

  16. Annabel says:

    This recipe looks amaze!! Recently turned to the dark side. I think I grew up? Not sure what happened, but I eat all my chocolate dark now!

  17. Sues says:

    Lasagna with beer and chocolate? Heavennnnnn!! The darker and more bitter the chocolate, the better 🙂

  18. ali says:

    love me some dark chocolate…… and beer!

  19. SallyBR says:

    At the risk of being banned from your site, I love white chocolate. Sue me! 😉

    not training for a marathon, in fact I managed to pull my piriformis muscle last Thursday and for the first time in YEARS I had to stop exercising for several days, and I’m not off the hook yet. Trust me, you don’t want to ever do that. Hurts like hell, and takes a long time to heal. (sigh)

    so this lasagna will have to be postponed for times in which I can indulge…. (sigh, sigh, sigh)

  20. Christina says:

    I looove mole. Gotta look for some of that to make some enchiladas. I like your twist by using it in lasagna!

    I’m kinda a semi-sweet person. Although I get cravings for darker or lighter chocolates, I’m more middle of the road.

    Good luck with the taper! I missed which race you’re running, is it NYC? If so, maybe I will see you there (I’m spectating)!

  21. kl says:

    for me, it’s dark chocolate.

  22. Erica says:

    Good luck with your marathon, it’s such an amazing physical feat…not one I see myself ever doing though! Love this recipe, it sounds fabulous.

  23. I’m not always a chocolate person — I mostly just have moods where I need all of the chocolate in my mouth immediately. Milk, dark, semi sweet… I really don’t discriminate. BTW, this lasagna sounds amazing.

  24. Hmmmm I am wondering how the chocolate and beer taste in this. I am a big fan of beer so I will always give it a shot! And chocolate- well duh YUMMM! Just wondering how they all balance together.

  25. Emma says:

    The lasagna looks to die for! Genius idea on lasagna-fying mole 🙂
    Hope the last few weeks of training go well.

  26. Shanna Sanders says:

    Dark chocolate all the way! That mole lasagna sounds delicious.

  27. Beer and chocolate are Rob’s version of heaven.. food heaven, at least. We both prefer dark chocolate, which means we have to fight over it. 😉

  28. gloria says:

    Love dark chocolate!
    I love this lasagna look wonderful Joanne!! xo

  29. Kathleen says:

    Dark Dark Dark! Unless it’s Irish chocolate. Then it’s Milk Milk Milk! And I’m going to make this lasagne as soon as I get back from my jaunt to New York. It reminds me of your amazing polenta black bean,mole, mango concoction, which I make all the time.

  30. Liz says:

    I am an everything chocolate person, but if I HAVE to choose I’d say I love bittersweet chocolate just a little bit more 😉

  31. Kari M says:

    I’m dark chocolate all the way! Your lasagna looks fantastic.

  32. Pam says:

    Who needs a meaty lasagna when this one is filled with so much yummyness! It looks terrific Joanne.

  33. Jen E says:

    This looks wonderful! And I am a milk chocolate fan!! (also – I follow you on twitter and tweeted as instructed). Can you tell I really want to win????

  34. As if I would ever complain about carb loading! I’m not holding it against you that this giveaway is only for American residents because I like you too much…

  35. Your mole lasagna looks divine, totally worth the carb!

  36. I love a good harvest lasagna, and this definitely wins that category! Looks absolutely beautiful!

  37. Marcia says:

    Milk chocolate is my preference!

  38. You had me at Mole.

    And then again at butternut squash. Oh, and once more at lasagna. Basically, this dish is in the running for being one of the world’s perfect foods!

  39. Oh! I almost forgot (distracted by mole): Bittersweet allll the way. Well, really dark, but most people’s version of dark is my version of milk. So, it’s just easier this way.

  40. Beth says:

    Don’t enter me in the contest (I’m not American) – but I just wanted to let you know how excited I am about all those carb-loading recipes you have planned!

  41. cquek says:

    Gorgeous photos! I can’t wait to try this!

  42. Kelly D says:

    I like milk chocolate.

  43. Kelly D says:

    I follow you on twitter(Kellydsaver) and tweeted

  44. Kelly D says:

    I follow Divine Chocolate on twitter(kellydsaver) and tweeted

  45. Eileen says:

    Hey, there is nothing wrong with carbs! They’re the building blocks of life! Er, yes. 🙂 And certainly the building blocks of lasagna. This sounds so good–squash for the win!

  46. Kate says:

    Fun! We’re having chicken mole tonight. I’m like the unvegetarian version of you.

  47. Rachel Cooks says:

    I’m removing the day in the life post unless you immediately mail me a big pan of this lasagna. Okay…I won’t.

    But YUM!

  48. THIS is the lasagna you so casually told me about on Twitter!? Holy incredibleness, and with a billion layers, too! I love this, I’m making this. (And while you ask, I’m more of a dark or bittersweet kind of girl. You know, I like my chocolate like I like my men.)

  49. that lasagna looks sooooooooo good JOanna.

  50. I feel like I should say dark, but I’m such a sucker for milk chocolate. The lasagna looks awesome! Love the flavors!!

  51. Abby says:

    I’m a milk or dark kinda girl, depending on my mood. And I’m loving that lasagna, shoot I’m not even running a marathon and I’ll still eat ALL THE CARBS haha 🙂

  52. I am loving all these beer filled recipes. DEFINITELY making this!!

  53. Ilene says:

    I Love dark chocolate

  54. Wow, this lasagna is over-the-top! Good luck on your marathon! 🙂

  55. Sarah says:

    dark all the way.

  56. Kelster says:

    Definitely dark chocolate. This lasagna is going on my to make list.

  57. The lasagna looks to die for, loving the recipes..Hey, I wish I was your neighbor.
    All the best for the run, you need the carbs.

  58. You are my favorite person ever for putting mole sauce in this lasagna! Personally, I love dark chocolate but chocolate is chocolate. I’ll take it all!

  59. This is so unique! I have never had chocolate in anything savory before, I MUST try it!

  60. Amy Tong says:

    Yum, your mole butternut squash lasagna sounds decadent and I love the chocolate and beer combination. With a rich and delicious recipe like this, who cares about triple carbs or not, I’m definitely diving in! 😉

    Speaking of chocolate, I’m more of a dark chocolate person. Thanks for hosting the giveaway. And congrats on being featured on Rachel Cooks. 🙂

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  61. Amy Tong says:

    Following you on Twitter and tweeted:

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  62. Amy Tong says:

    Liked Divine Chocolate on Facebook and commented:

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  63. Amy Tong says:

    Following Divinechocusa on Twitter and tweeted:

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  64. Betty says:

    That looks so tempting- Chocolate for dinner does sound good. 🙂 I love milk and dark chocolate…I’m equal opportunity where chocolate is involved.

  65. did you really just do mole and butternut squash together! WOW! AMAZED

  66. Now this is a lasagna that I’ve never seen before and I desperately want to be eating it!

  67. Carb loading is the best part of marathon training! I was thinking today how much I’ve been craving lasagna…

    (and I’m definitely a dark chocolate kind of a person)

  68. jacquie says:

    more of a dark chocolate person myself though certainly don’t turn down other versions.

  69. What a unique recipe. I’m a dark chocolate person for sure 🙂

  70. I know that I would ask for seconds on this, yum!!

  71. Mabel Chan says:

    oh I am so a dark. none of the sweet, hardly chocolate for me!

  72. Mabel Chan says:

    I followed and tweeted!

  73. I love making lasagnas this time of year- this one looks great. White chocolate is probably my favorite, but good old milk chocolate come right after.

  74. Veronica says:

    Oh mah goodness, I think I need to carb load for this upcoming delivery. It may be two months away, but I can’t delay when it comes to this lasagna. And my favorite chocolate is dark. It’s juuuust right. 🙂

  75. Veronica says:

    I liked Divine Chocolate USA on fb and commented.

  76. Carolsue says:

    I like all chocolate, especially Dark Chocolate

  77. Carolsue says:

    I follow you on Twitter as @MsCarolsueA
    I tweeted

  78. Carolsue says:

    I follow Divine Chocolate on Twitter as @MsCarolsueA
    I tweeted

  79. I am almost ashamed to admit I have yet to have mole anything. My chocolate just goes straight in with no nod towards savoury! I will have to try harder 😉

  80. debbie says:

    It HAS to be dark chocolate!!!!

  81. Why yes, yes I do see the logical progression there. Now, get on my plate! #getinmahbelly

  82. Melissa says:

    Dark chocolate, all the way! Especially with yummy additions 🙂

  83. Kurt says:

    Milk is for babies, I need it dark.

  84. Wait. Is that what MOLE is? Beer and chocolate? I’ve never had it, but now I know why it’s so popular. A-ha moment!

  85. charj says:

    dark chocolate, dark chocolate, dark chocolate

  86. Looks good, and interesting combo with the dark chocolate, spices and beans inside this lasagna. ?Dying to know how is tastes!

    BTW, I prefer to have dark chocolate with everything! Sounds nuts right?

  87. I’m in love with all the delicious flavors you have put into this lasagna, sounds perfect for fall!

  88. Teffy says:

    That looks absolutely comforting and delicious! I could just tuck into it on a lovely rainy day.

  89. sandra says:

    this is a fabulous combination – I love the inclusion of beans. Another must make. Oh dear, where will I get the time?!

  90. Kristi says:

    I’m a milk chocolate kind of girl 🙂

  91. This looks spectacular and so so delicious! I think I’m going to try it to carb load as well 😉 Good luck with the marathon! x

  92. JoAn says:

    Milk chocolate is my kind of chocolate.

  93. D Schmidt says:

    I am more of a milk chocolate fan 🙂

  94. karen says:

    Dark chocolate for me, especially with nuts.

  95. barbara n says:

    My favorite chocolate is milk, but my husband prefers dark so that is what we usually get!

  96. valerie says:

    Milk chocolate, definitely!

  97. Kelley says:

    I don’t discriminate against any chocolate; I do find that if I am craving it, dark chocolate is much more satisfying.

  98. Eliza says:

    Definitely a dark chocolate kind of girl… even though white chocolate covered pretzels do get me…..

  99. Reeni says:

    Is it too late to run the marathon? I would love to do some carb loading with this flavor packed lasagna and all those carbilicioius dishes that are coming up! I love how your mind thinks.

  100. You are my carb load hero. No really. YOU ARE!!!! Love this lasagne!

  101. Deanna says:

    Dark chocolate… All the way.

  102. Johanna GGG says:

    wow that looks amazing – and now I want to go to the farmers market and buy some chocolate pasta because wouldn’t it be great with this sauce – plus I just made enchilada pasta bake so I am definitely on your wavelength

  103. Chantal says:

    Currently I’m more of a milk chocolate person. I go back and forth between milk and dark. Though when it comes to dark chocolate, it has to be of a really good quality whereas I can eat junky milk chocolate and enjoy it (junky dark chocolate tastes like bitter cardboard to me).

  104. Mahdi says:

    I prefer milk chocolate if it’s by itself, but dark chocolate is good with nuts or toffee etc.

  105. TJ says:

    I’m a dark chocolate kind of person, except for Hershey’s kisses 🙂

  106. TJ says:

    I followed you a tweeted

  107. TJ says:

    I followed Divine Chocolates and tweeted!

  108. Margot C says:

    I am team DARK Chocolate, the darker and more bitter – the better for me!

  109. Margot C says:

    I follow @joanneeatswell on Twitter where I am @AnnaZed; and I posted the tweet :

  110. Margot C says:

    I follow @DivineChocUSA on Twitter where I am @AnnaZed; and I posted the tweet :

  111. meredith says:

    Im more of a dark chocolate person!

  112. meredith says:

    I Like Divine Chocolate USA on Facebook and left a comment on my wall

  113. meredith says:

    I Follow @DivineChocUSA on Twitter

  114. Christina says:

    Your logic makes total sense to me! And you are not helping my plans of eating less carbs…. not helping at all… 🙂 I am a dark chocolate fan all the way.

  115. Shannon says:

    woah. now that’s an awesome and creative way to get some carbs 😉

  116. Emily Leung says:

    it’s totally butternut squash season! I love how you incorporated it into a lasagna…and chocolate and beer as well?!?!
    I am totally a bittersweet chocolate fan 🙂

  117. Bea Long "The Bayou Lady" says:

    All the way a good quality dark chocolate!!

  118. Ashley says:

    I love carbs any way I can get ’em! This looks wonderful!! Count me as a dark chocolate lover 🙂

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