Thursday, March 25, 2010

Recipe Corner: White Cheese Chicken Lasagna

This recipe reminds me of my favorite Spinach Manicotti from Planet Hollywood. I found it on allrecipe.com and plan to make it this weekend (of course I will have to leave the spinach out of my family’s portion). I hope you enjoy!

Ingredients

• 9 lasagna noodles
• 1/2 cup butter
• 1 onion, chopped
• 1 clove garlic, minced
• 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 2 cups chicken broth
• 1 1/2 cups milk
• 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
• 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
• 1 teaspoon dried basil
• 1 teaspoon dried oregano
• 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
• 2 cups ricotta cheese
• 2 cups cubed, cooked chicken meat
• 2 (10 ounce) packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
• 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
• 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese for topping

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook lasagna noodles in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes. Drain, and rinse with cold water.
2. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook the onion and garlic in the butter until tender, stirring frequently. Stir in the flour and salt, and simmer until bubbly. Mix in the broth and milk, and boil, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Stir in 2 cups mozzarella cheese and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Season with the basil, oregano, and ground black pepper. Remove from heat, and set aside.
3. Spread 1/3 of the sauce mixture in the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish. Layer with 1/3 of the noodles, the ricotta, and the chicken. Arrange 1/3 of the noodles over the chicken, and layer with 1/3 of the sauce mixture, spinach, and the remaining 2 cups mozzarella cheese and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese. Arrange remaining noodles over cheese, and spread remaining sauce evenly over noodles. Sprinkle with parsley and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.
4. Bake 35 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven.

6 comments:

melonbelly said...

Yummmmm....

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Anne - Mommy Has to Work said...

that sounds yummy, unfortunatly I have too many picky eaters.

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Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} said...

looks delicious!

This Little Family said...

This looks sooo yummy! I'm definitely making it this weekend! I even already have the ingredients on hand. woot! lol

Cristina said...

Does the Spinach have to be frozen or can we just use spinach out of the bag?--Cristina

Kel said...

I have only used frozen spinach, but I don't see why you could add fresh. It may be a little less moist though.