Prep 40 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins
This recipe is a recreation of my friend's favorite Lean Cuisine (they have discontinued it). I don't create my own recipes very often so any input that could improve the final product would be appreciated.
- 1 lb cooked chicken breast, chopped
- 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, defrosted and squeezed dry
- 1 lb fresh mushrooms, sliced
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 cups lowfat mozzarella cheese
- 16 ounces low-fat ricotta cheese
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup parmesan cheese
- 9 lasagna noodles (I precooked mine)
- white sauce
- 1⁄4 cup flour
- 1 quart skim milk
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1⁄8 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon white pepper
- Pre-cook your lasagna noodles according to the package directions. Set aside.
- Saute onions and mushrooms in the butter until all the liquid from the mushrooms has evaporated and the onions have softened.
- Add the flour and cook for 1 minute.
- Add the skim milk and cook over low heat stirring frequently until the sauce has thickened.
- Add salt, pepper, nutmeg and 1/3 cup parmesan cheese.
- Stir until cheese has melted and add chicken breast and spinach. Set aside.
- In a small bowl mix ricotta, 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese and egg until well blended.
- Begin to layer the lasagna (I used a deep 9x9 stoneware dish I had, but a 13x9 dish would work as well).
- Spread a small amount of sauce over the bottom of your pan.
- Cover sauce with one layer of pasta.
- Spread 1/2 the ricotta cheese mixture and 1/3 of the remaining mozzarella over the pasta.
- Cover the cheese with 1/3 of the remaining sauce.
- Add another layer of pasta.
- Spread the remaining ricotta mixture and 1/2 the remaining mozzarella over the pasta.
- Cover the cheese with 1/2 of the remaining sauce.
- Add a final layer of pasta.
- Cover the pasta with the remaining sauce and cover the pan with foil.
- You will have some mozzarella and parmesan cheese leftover. Reserve this for later.
- Bake the lasagna at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Uncover the dish and sprinkle the remaining cheeses over the top.
- Return to the oven for 15-20 minutes or until the cheese is golden and the lasagna is bubbling around the edges.
- Let the lasagna rest for 15-20 minutes before serving.
I doctored a bit but this was absolutely awesome!!! And as for being dry by "chef's" comments? I totally disagree! I added more cheese, spinach, garlic salt, and parsley and MAN were my taste buds satisfied! Delicious!
I found that the mix of ingredients is very nice but the result is a little bit dry. I would suggest to use some cream (creme fraiche would be awesome, but it is pricy and sometimes difficult to find) as well as ricotta:)