This dish was inspired by one on Allrecipes.com, but changed quite a bit. My daughters and I enjoyed this for lunch on Sunday and were able to enjoy it again for Monday night supper. It’s very tasty and filling, and reheats well in the microwave.
CHICKEN AND SPINACH LASAGNE
5 dry lasagne noodles
¼ cup all-purpose flour
½ tsp. salt
¾ cup cold milk
1 cup hot chicken broth
8 oz. shredded mozzarella (2 cups), divided
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
2 tsp. fresh basil, chopped (½ tsp. dried basil)
2 tsp. fresh oregano, chopped (½ tsp. dried oregano)
¼ tsp. ground black pepper
2 Tblsp. dried minced onions
1 cup ricotta cheese, divided in thirds
1 cup cubed, cooked chicken breast
10 oz. package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained*
2 Tblsp. grated Parmesan for topping
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
Grease a 9-inch casserole dish
Cook lasagne noodles in boiling, salted water for 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water. Set aside. Pat dry with a paper towel before adding to dish.
In a saucepan, whisk together the flour, salt and cold milk until smooth. Add hot broth and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture starts to bubble. Lower heat and continue cooking for two more minutes, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat and add 1 cup of mozzarella, 2 Tblsp. Parmesan, basil, oregano, black pepper, nutmeg and dried onions, stirring to blend until cheese is melted.
Spread 1/3 of sauce mixture in the bottom of baking dish. Layer with 1/3 of the noodles and all of the chicken. Using 1/3 of ricotta, place in dollops on top.
Arrange 1/3 of the noodles over the chicken and layer with 1/3 of the sauce mixture, all of the spinach, the remainione cup of mozzarella and 2 Tblsp. Parmesan. Place 1/3 of ricotta in dollops on top.
Arrange remaining noodles over cheese and spread remaining sauce evenly over noodles. Add remaining 1/3 of ricotta in dollops over top and sprinkle with 2 Tblsp. Parmesan.
Bake in preheated 350 degree F oven for 35 to 40 minutes until top is light brown.
Let dish stand for 5-10 minutes before serving.