Wednesday, March 28, 2012

What's for Dinner Wednesday - Chicken and Spinach Alfredo Lasagna

This recipe was a discovery based on me entering some random ingredients that I had to use up into recipefinder online. I used estimation for some of the fresh ingredients because I just wanted to use things up but it is a recipe that is great for throwing bits and pieces in and still tasting divine. I also halved the recipe below and made it in an 8x8. I was just making it for J and I so we just didn't need that much lasagna! It wasn't too rich, it was FULL of flavor and it is something I am pleased to have discovered because it is simple to make and seriously delicious.

1 (8 ounce) package lasagna noodles (I used no-bake so I skipped the first step)
3 cups heavy cream (I used a mix of half and half and 2% milk to use up what I had)
2 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 large onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, sliced
5 mushrooms, diced
1 roasted chicken, shredded
salt and ground black pepper to taste
1 cup ricotta cheese (I used Cottage Cheese)
1 bunch fresh spinach, rinsed
3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese


1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook lasagna noodles for 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente. Drain, and rinse with cold water.

2.In a saucepan over low heat, mix together heavy cream, cream of mushroom soup, Parmesan cheese, and butter. Simmer, stirring frequently, until well blended.

3. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir the onion in olive oil until tender, then add garlic and mushrooms. Mix in the chicken, and cook until heated through. Season with salt and pepper.

4. Lightly coat the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish with enough of the cream sauce mixture to coat. Layer with 1/3 of the lasagna noodles, 1/2 cup ricotta, 1/2 of the spinach, 1/2 the chicken mixture, and 1 cup mozzarella. Top with 1/2 the cream sauce mixture, and repeat the layers. Place the remaining noodles on top, and spread with remaining sauce.

5. Bake 1 hour in the preheated oven, or until brown and bubbly. Top with the remaining mozzarella, and continue baking until cheese is melted and lightly browned.

(original recipe source

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