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White Chicken Lasagna

  • 9 lasagna noodles, cooked according to package directions
  • 4 cups chicken, cooked and shredded
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 white onion, finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 5 oz fresh spinach, roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 15 oz ricotta
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 3 cups mozzarella cheese, grated and divided
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  3. While noodles cook, make the spinach sauce:
  4. In a large saucepan or pot over medium heat, heat the olive oil. Add onions and cook until softened, 3-4 minutes.
  5. Stir in butter. Once melted, whisk in flour. Continue whisking until golden, about 2 minutes.
  6. Gradually add chicken broth, followed by heavy cream. Whisk until smooth and let simmer until thickened, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Stir in garlic and chopped spinach and remove from heat.
  8. Next, make the ricotta sauce:
  9. In a large bowl, stir together the ricotta, egg, parsley, parmesan cheese, and 2 cups of the mozzarella.
  10. Spoon some of the spinach sauce in the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish. Line with 3 noodles. Top with 1/2 of the ricotta sauce, 1/2 of the shredded chicken, then top with 1/3 of the spinach sauce.
  11. Add 3 more noodles, then the remaining ricotta sauce, remaining chicken, and another 1/3 of the spinach sauce.
  12. Add remaining 3 noodles, remaining spinach sauce, then top with remaining mozzarella cheese.
  13. Cover dish with foil, using toothpicks to keep foil from resting on cheese if needed, and bake 45 minutes. Uncover and broil 2-3 minutes until cheese is golden brown.
  14. Let sit 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!