I have a recipe for this from the January issue of Paula Deen’s Magazine for chicken vegetable lasagna and I’ve been meaning to try it. My freezer has been looking kind of bare lately, so it’s definitely time to make and freeze some meals so I can just defrost on busy nights (of which there seem to be more and more lately). I made this but changed it up a bit to suit the ingredients I had in the house and to make it a bit easier. I found Paula’s instructions to be too complicated, so I simplified it. Here’s my modified recipe:
1 tbsp olive oil
1 small zucchini, thinly sliced
12 baby carrots, chopped
1 8-ounce package of mushrooms, thinly sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 package frozen spinach, defrosted and squeezed dry
1 tsp basil
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
15 ounces cottage cheese
2 cups grated Parmesan-Romano mix (this is now sold in my store in a pre-shredded package)
1 1/2 jars spaghetti sauce (24 ounce jars)
9 lasagna noodles
24 ounces mozzarella cheese
2 grilled chicken breasts, chopped
Preheat the oven to 350 and spray a 4 1/2 quart baking dish. Soak the noodles in hot water while you prepare the veggies. They will soften and you don’t need to boil them (thank you Ina Garten!).
Cook veggies in the oil until softened. Add salt, pepper, and basil.
Mix cottage cheese with eggs and Parmesan/romano cheese.
Mix chicken with half the mozzarella.
PLace 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce in the bottom of the pan and top with 3 noodles. Layer sauce, veggies, cottage cheese, chicken, and mozzarella. Repeat for next two layers.
Bake for 45-60 minutes until bubbly. Allow to stand for about 10 minutes before slicing.
TeenMartha even liked this and said she was really surprised she did (she doesn’t like zucchini, mushrooms, or spinach). It was a big hit. And now I’ve got several meals worth in the freezer from the leftovers. I really liked this – traditional lasagna flavors, but with chicken and lots of veggies!