Throwback Thursday, Chicken & Spinach White Lasagna

This is a great make ahead dinner,

you can make it up to 2 days before baking

and then all you have to do is pop it in the oven

This White Lasagna,

made with chicken, spinach and a white cheese sauce

is Swoonworthy!

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Simple ingredients, lasagna noodles, chicken, ricotta cheese,

chicken broth, milk, onion, spinach, butter,

cheese and seasonings

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You can eliminate one time consuming step

by using no boil Lasagna noodles

These are so great to use when you prepare your dish ahead of time

because they will automatically start softening

while your dish is in the refrigerator

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I like them also because they are thin,

so your casserole is not loaded with thick heavy pasta sheets. 

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Brown the chicken in a skillet

while you’re making the white sauce

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The white cheese sauce is easy,

after melting the butter you toss in the onion and garlic

Cook a few minutes, stirring until onions are soft

and then add the flour

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Stir in the flour and then add the milk and broth

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Bring that mixture to a boil and cook and stir for one minute

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Toss in the cheese and seasonings,

stir and remove from heat

In no time the cheese melts

and you have a lovely white cheesy sauce

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Mix the ricotta cheese with the spinach and Parmesan

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Start the assembly by putting about 1/4 of the sauce in the bottom

of your prepared dish

I used a deep 9″ square casserole

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Break noodles to fill in the gaps so you have a full even layer

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Top the noodle layer with 1/2 of the shredded chicken

and 1/2 of the spinach ricotta mix

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Then top with 1/4 of the sauce and repeat

Top this final layer with another layer of noodles

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Then top it with the remaining 1/4 cup of sauce

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Sprinkle with Fontina and 1/3 cup of Parmesan

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At this point you can cover it and refrigerate for up to 2 days before baking

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Bake at 350 degrees, uncovered, until hot and bubbly

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Chicken & Spinach White Lasagna

Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup butter, {1 stick}
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 large yellow onion chopped
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk I used 2%
  • 2 cups chicken broth vegetable broth can be used
  • 1 cup chopped or grated Fontina cheese
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 package frozen spinach thawed and drained
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 3 cups cooked chicken I used about 9 chicken tenders
  • 9-12 lasagna noodles I used no boil
  • Additional grated white cheeses for topping I used Swiss and Parmesan

Instructions
 

  • Prepare a 9 x 13 or deep 9”square baking dish with cooking oil spray.
  • Melt the butter in a medium sauce pan. Saute the onion and garlic until onion is soft and translucent.
  • Whisk in the flour and then add milk and chicken broth.
  • Add seasonings, bring to a boil and cook for about 1 minute.
  • Add the Fontina and Parmesan, stir to melt cheese and set sauce aside.
  • In a medium bowl combine the ricotta cheese, spinach and 1/4 cup Parmesan. Mix until combined.
  • Spread 1/4 of the cheese sauce in the bottom of the baking dish.
  • Top with 3-4 lasagna noodles, arranging in a flat layer.
  • Top with 1/2 of the chicken, 1/2 of the ricotta spinach mix, then top with another 1/4 of the sauce. Repeat.
  • Top the second layer with another layer of lasagna noodles and the rest of the sauce.
  • Sprinkle with a little more cheese on top. At this point the dish can be refrigerated overnight, covered with foil.
  • Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes, until bubbly and golden. If dish has been refrigerated adjust cooking time, it might need a little longer.
Keyword chicken and spinach lasagna, chicken casserole, make ahead dinner, white lasagna

This recipe originally posted in 2013,

so I apologize for the quality of the photos…

but the recipe is so good I wanted to re-share it with you

You could also substitute jarred Alfredo sauce

for the white sauce to save another prep step

Enjoy!

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Comments
27 Responses to “Throwback Thursday, Chicken & Spinach White Lasagna”
  1. Jenna, we love pasta and the chicken and spinach white lasagne looks delicious. It is so convenient to be able to prepare ahead of time and refrigerate and bake up to two days later.

    Happy Thursday, I know you have been enjoying the sunny weather!

  2. Mary says:

    So yummy and a wonderful departure from traditional lasagna Jenna! Happy Thursday ♥

  3. A classic, and done so well. I remember making a similar dish when my kids were little.

  4. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Jenna, I agree this dish looks swoon worthy. I love something that can be made ahead of time. Next time Caroline is home, I’m making this. She loves pasta! Wishing you a most happy day!

  5. This look so delicious. We love lasagna and this recipe must be great with chicken and white sauce. Thanks for sharing Jenna.

  6. This looks delicious and a nice change to the regular meat and red-sawce. Swoonworth is a wonderful description!

  7. Joanne says:

    That looks delicious! Pinned.

  8. lghiggins says:

    This sounds great. Italian restaurants in New Mexico add green chile, and it is delicious that way too.

  9. Sounds good, kind of like a white lasagna:@)

  10. thefrenchhutch says:

    This looks so delicious Jenna.Yum to all the cheese……….Pinning this!

  11. Kim says:

    Oh Jenna, this does indeed look swoonworthy! I think I would make this exactly as you’ve done – it looks delicious! And so great that it can be made ahead of time. Pinned for sure!

  12. helenfern says:

    This looks amazing!! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party! Enjoy the rest of your week.

  13. NikiLEOwife says:

    That looks so good. I wonder if I could get the family to try it. Maybe my husband, but that’s probably a non-starter with the kiddos. My stepdaughter might try it though. I’ll try to slip it to them lol! Thanks for sharing on Crafty Creators!
    XOXO,
    Niki ~ Life as a LEO Wife

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