9 lasagna noodles
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 c milk
1/2 t garlic powder
2 c chicken breast meat, cooked and shredded
1/2 c sundried tomatoes packed in oil, drained and chopped
1 c marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1/4 c fresh basil, chopped
16 oz mozzarella, shredded
Preheat oven to 350.
Combine cream cheese, milk, and garlic powder in medium bowl and blend thoroughly. In separate bowl, mix chicken, tomatoes, artichokes and half basil. Add approximately 1/4 c milk mixture to chicken mixture, stir to combine.
Cook lasagna noodles in boiling water for 8 minutes. Turn off heat, leave noodles in pot.
To assemble lasagna, spoon a small amount of sauce into bottom of 9x9 pan. Place one single layer of noodles lengthwise in pan, trim to fit*. Add one third chicken mixture evenly over noodles and add approximately 1/4 c white sauce over chicken. Sprinkle with one third of grated mozzarella. Repeat layering in the same order two more times. Cover loosely with aluminum foil and bake in center of preheated oven 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake another 5 minutes. Let lasagna rest 10 minutes out of oven before slicing. Sprinkle with remaining basil just prior to serving. Serves 9.
Chef's Note: Don't skip the 10 minute rest after cooking lasagna as the pasta will absorb any excess liquid that has separated out of the sauce. This allows you to not fully cook the pasta prior to assembly, leading to overcooked noodles.
*Tip: use kitchen tongs to get hot noodles from water to pan.
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