What you need:
1/2 c. butter
1 onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
ground black pepper, to taste
2 c. chicken broth
2 c. nonfat milk
4 c. mozzarella cheese, divided (approx)
1 c. shredded or grated Parmesan cheese, divided
1 tsp. basil
1 tsp. oregano
1 c. part-skim ricotta cheese
1 1/2 c. cooked and shredded chicken
1/2 bag fresh spinach
1/2 squash (make purée)**
Melt butter in a large saucepot. Add onions and garlic and cook over medium heat until translucent. Add flour, salt, and pepper. Cook flour mixture 1-2 minutes. Add chicken broth and milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 1 minute. Turn off heat and add 2 cups mozzarella cheese and 1/4 c. Parmesan cheese. Stir in dried spices.
Yum yum cheese sauce:
Spray a baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Ladle some cheese sauce onto the bottom to thinly cover. Add a layer of lasagna noodles. Layer with more cheese sauce, the chicken, and the ricotta cheese. Add another layer of pasta. Top with cheese sauce, spinach, and 1 c. mozzarella cheese. Add another layer of pasta. Top with cheese sauce. Using a spoon, spread the butternut squash puree over the cheese sauce. Top with remaining 1 c. mozzarella cheese and 1/2 c. Parmesan cheese. Add final layer of lasagna. Top with remaining cheese sauce and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove foil and continue to cook until bubbly. If cheese doesn’t brown on top, turn on the broiler for the last couple minutes. Allow lasagna to sit about 15 minutes before serving for easier slicing.
I made this ahead of time and put it in the freezer for dinner this week. Yum yum. Can’t wait to eat it 🙂
Not a very good before picture, will update when we eat it!
Cut squash in half, place halves in a deep pan with enough water to cover the bottom.
Bake at 400 for approx 1 hour
Scoop out and mash.
It is actually a very sweet veggie. However, if your kids will not eat their veggies this is a good one to sneak in sauces and other food. It has great flavor. I’m lucky Lucy loves her veggies and now she has a new favorite!