Thursday, March 22, 2012

Robyn's Chicken Lasagna

It's a Thursday. Sean and Ashley H will be here in t-minus one hour and dinner is in the oven. It's my week to feed us all.

And when the weather looks like this:

Then dinner should really be something warm and yummy like this:

Super yummy amazing chicken lasagna. This is a recipe that was passed on to me by my so-fab MIL. She came across it in a magazine years ago, photocopied the recipe and saved it. I'm not even sure if she knows which magazine it was anymore. The photocopied page doesn't say. So, for now we'll just call it Robyn's Chicken Lasagna.  It is pure yummy goodness. Like really thick baked cheese-y chicken noodle soup.

Robyn's Chicken Lasagna

You need:
1 8 ounce package medium egg noodles
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
4 cups chicken broth
4 cups chopped cooked chicken
      Side Note: I use approximately 5 breast fillets to get this amount. I put all of the meat from the 5 fillets in the lasagna, even if it makes more than 4 cups. Also, a quick way to cook the chicken is in a 9 x 13 glass pan in the microwave. Cover and cook for approximately 7 minutes per pound. 
1 (24-ounce) carton cottage cheese
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Here's how you do it:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cook noodles according to package directions; drain and set aside.

Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat; stir in flour and next 3 ingredients. Cook 1 to 2 minutes, stirring constantly.

Add broth, stirring until smooth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 to 8 minutes or until thickened and bubbly.

Stir in chicken; remove from heat.

In a separate bowl, combine cottage cheese and egg, stirring well.

Now you should have your noodles, the chicken mixture, and the cottage cheese/egg mixture. You'll also need the mozzarella cheese. 

Spoon about one-third of the chicken mixture into a lightly greased 13-x-9-x-2 inch baking dish.

Top with half each of noodles, cottage cheese mixture, and mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers, ending with chicken mixture. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Eat. It. Up. 

We also had really really really (get the picture?) really yummy dessert tonight from Salem's own Sugar Sugar.  

The cute, fun candy and cupcake boutique in downtown Salem. Conveniently located one half-block from Eric's work. Is there anything not to love about a candy and cupcake boutique? I mean, please. Of course I might ask the hubs to bring me home the occasional cupcake. Oh come on, you know you'd do it too. I won't argue if you'd like to help me keep them in business!

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