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Broccoli and Carrot Chicken Lasagna Recipe

When hosting a holiday buffet, consider serving this special lasagna. You can make it the night before and chill. Remove it from the refrigerator 30 min. before baking. —Carol Gaus, Itasca, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min. + standing YIELD:12 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • Pinch each ground nutmeg and cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/4 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into thin strips
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen broccoli cuts
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrot
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 9 lasagna noodles, cooked and drained
  • 1 pound thinly sliced part-skim mozzarella cheese

Directions

  • 1. In a large saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons butter; stir in flour until smooth. Gradually add milk and broth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat. Stir a small amount of sauce into the eggs; return all to pan, stirring constantly. Cook and stir over low heat until mixture reaches 160°, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat; stir in 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, 1/2 teaspoon salt, nutmeg and cayenne. Set aside.
  • 2. In a large skillet, saute onion and garlic in remaining butter until tender. Add chicken; cook and stir until juices run clear. Stir in the broccoli, carrot and remaining salt. Cover and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add parsley and pepper.
  • 3. In a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish, layer 1/2 cup of the sauce, three noodles, half of the chicken mixture, 1/2 cup sauce and a third of the mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese. Top with three noodles, the remaining chicken mixture, half of the remaining mozzarella, 1 tablespoon Parmesan and 1/2 cup sauce. Top with the remaining noodles. Place the remaining mozzarella slices over noodles. Top with remaining sauce; gently lift noodles away from sides of the dish, letting sauce flow underneath. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan.
  • 4. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown. Let stand for 15 minutes before cutting. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 372 calories, 18 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 124 mg cholesterol, 696 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 29 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.