Monday, December 22, 2008

Chicken Veggie Alfredo Lasagna

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Quite a few fellow bloggers have been making lasagnas recently and having a hodge podge of random ingredients on hand, I figured I'd jump the bandwagon and use up the miscellaneous amounts of items in my fridge. I didn't have any tomato/pasta sauce on hand (which is a reminder for me to make a big batch soon!) so I searched online for a quick alfredo sauce to use up the cream I had. I came across This Recipe from AllRecipes.com to use as a guide and made my adaptations outlined below (and this is not a figure friendly dish as written!):

Quick & Easy Alfredo Sauce
adapted from Allrecipes.com
1 stick butter
10 oz cream cheese (1 brick + 2 oz cream cheese)
1 tablespoon garlic salt (I used The Spice house brand)
1/2 cup heavy cream
1-2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
1-2 tablespoons fresh chopped basil

In a saucepan, melt butter.
Add cream cheese and whisk to melt until smooth.
Add garlic salt and stir in heavy cream.
Allow to boil for 1-2 minutes until heated through.
Stir in fresh herbs and toss with pasta.... or use in a lasagna as I did below:

Chicken Veggie Alfredo Lasagna
original Joelen recipe
(to use up random ingredients on hand)

1 cooked chicken breast, sliced
1 small yellow squash, halved lengthwise and sliced into half moons
1 small zucchini, halved lengthwise and sliced into half moons
1 cup sliced white button mushrooms
1 cup shredded colby jack cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
9 lasagna pasta sheets (dry)

- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a baking dish, spread 1-2 tablespoons of prepared alfredo sauce.
- Place a layer of 3 dry lasagna pasta sheets.
- Top with half of the chicken, squash, zucchini and mushrooms.
- Sprinkle with half of the cheeses.
- Place another layer of 3 dry lasagna pasta sheets.
- Spread enough prepared alfredo sauce over pasta sheets to cover.
- Top with remaining chicken, squash, zucchini and mushrooms.
- Sprinkle with half of the remaining cheeses.
- Place top layer of 3 dry lasagna pasta sheets.
- Spread enough prepared alfredo sauce over pasta sheets to cover.
- Sprinkle with remaining cheeses.
- Bake in preheated oven for 45-50 minutes until pasta is cooked and cheese is golden brown & bubbly.

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