Wednesday, March 14, 2012

White Chicken Lasagna

Lasagna. When you hear the word Lasagna I bet you imagine red sauce, ground beef and lots of tomatoes. Am I right? Well time for a switch up in your normal {delicious but normal} Lasagna. This recipe is actually lighter than it sounds, you can forgo the heavy cream and use all milk to make it even lighter. Either way, it's delicious! 

The Deets
1/4 Cup Butter
1 Shallot {or 1/2 small onion [I'm a shallot fan]} finely chopped
1 Clove Garlic minced
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 Cups Chicken Broth
1 Cup Milk
1/2 Cup Heavy Cream
2 1/2 Cups Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
     1 TBS Chopped Fresh Basil
1 tsp Oregano
1 Cup Ricotta Cheese
2-3 Chicken Breasts, Cooked and Chopped/Cubed
1 Package Frozen Chopped Spinach {Thawed, Rinsed and Drained}
1 Jar Artichoke Hearts – Roughly Chopped
1 Box Lasagna Noodles
     1/4 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese for Topping

The How To
Melt the Butter in a saucepan over medium heat
Cook the Shallot and Garlic in the butter until tender
Stir in Flour and Salt, and simmer until bubbly
Add Chicken Broth and Milk, 
Gently bring to a boil, stirring constantly
Once boiling add 1 1/2 Cups Mozzarella and 1/4 Cup Parmesan
Reduce heat and stir until smooth
Add Basil and Oregano mix until smooth and remove from heat.
Divide Sauce in half
Add Chicken, Spinach and Artichoke Hearts to 1/2 of Sauce Mixture
Cook Lasagna Noodles according to package directions
Time for Assembly! 
In 9x13 baking dish add 1/2 of the plain sauce mixture 
Add a layer of Lasagna Noodles 
Top with  1/2 Ricotta, and 1/2  Chicken/Spinach/Artichoke Sauce 
Add another layer of Lasagna Noodles 
Top with remaining  Ricotta and Chicken/Spinach/Artichoke Sauce  
Add 1/2 Cup of Mozzarella and 1/4 Cup Parmesan
Add another layer of Lasagna Noodles
Top with remaining plain sauce mixture and remaining Cheese

Bake at 350 for 35 to 40 minutes
Plate Pray & Enjoy!

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