White Lasagna with Chicken and Pesto

This EASY lasagna is filled with chicken, pesto, spinach, and a creamy (lightened up) white sauce. And of course a healthy dose of ricotta, because what is lasagna without ricotta?? 

White Lasagna with Chicken and Pesto from The Food Charlatan

Eric sent me this picture today from work:

White Lasagna with Chicken and Pesto from The Food Charlatan

Eric has this habit of putting things up on our walls with reckless abandon. Here’s the Star Wars poster that he randomly tacked up on the wall one day:

White Lasagna with Chicken and Pesto from The Food Charlatan

(Can’t we have NORMAL Star Wars posters? Like, with Han and Leia? At least Harrison Ford is easy on the eyes. No, I have to have Prince Xizor. (Seriously. That’s his name. Eric would know.)

White Lasagna with Chicken and Pesto from The Food Charlatan

And here’s the random piece of art that Charlotte painted that he taped (crooked) on the wall, MONTHS ago. The problem is that I just don’t see things after a while and I forget it’s there. Like, if I had remembered that we had a 5-year-old’s “Tree Stump and Throbbing Heart” painting on the wall in the entry way BEFORE we hosted 30 family members for Easter on Sunday, then I would have taken it down. But no. It’s just part of the decor now I guess.

White Lasagna with Chicken and Pesto from The Food Charlatan

White Lasagna with Chicken and Pesto from The Food Charlatan

White Lasagna with Chicken and Pesto from The Food Charlatan

White Lasagna with Chicken and Pesto from The Food Charlatan

White Lasagna with Chicken and Pesto from The Food Charlatan

White Lasagna with Chicken and Pesto from The Food Charlatan

Hopefully this barrage of Pesto Lasagna photos makes up for the Prince Xizor photo up there.

This lasagna is so good you guys! It’s like a mash up of all my favorite things: chicken, noodles, cheese, PESTO. Are you a pesto fanatic like me? Love that stuff. I made the white sauce a little lighter by using Greek yogurt instead of cream. But then I smothered it all with mozzarella so…take it or leave it. Oh wait there are layers of spinach in there too! I’m not completely hopeless.

White Lasagna with Chicken and Pesto from The Food Charlatan

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White Lasagna with Chicken and Pesto

Yield: Serves 6-8

Recipe by The Food Charlatan

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil (or 1 tablespoon fresh)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 and 2/3 cup chicken broth
  • 2 cup cooked chicken, chopped (rotisserie is best)
  • 1 15-ounce container ricotta cheese
  • 1/3 cup basil pesto, homemade or store-bought
  • 1 egg
  • 9 no-boil lasagna noodles
  • 1 and 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 2-3 cups fresh spinach
  • 3-4 tablespoons Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large skillet, melt butter with olive oil over medium heat. Add 1 cup onions and saute 5-8 minutes, or until the onions are soft.
  3. Add 2-3 cloves of garlic and saute one more minute.
  4. In a small bowl combine the basil, salt, pepper, and flour. Add to the onion mixture and whisk together until all the oil is absorbed.
  5. In a large glass measuring cup, add milk, Greek yogurt, and chicken broth. Stir to combine.
  6. Gradually add the liquid to the pan, whisking constantly. Go as slow as you need to make sure the liquid gets absorbed. You want to whisk out any chunks.
  7. Cook over medium heat, stirring until the mixture is thickened slightly, just a couple minutes. Add the chicken and turn off the heat.
  8. In a medium bowl, stir together ricotta, pesto, and 1 egg.
  9. To assemble: wet the bottom of a 2 quart casserole dish with some of the white sauce. Just enough so the noodles don't stick.
  10. Layer 3 no-boil lasagna noodles on top. Spread with 1/3 of the ricotta mixture. Top with a handful of fresh spinach. Add 1/3 of the white sauce and spread to the edges. Top with 1/3 of the mozzarella cheese.
  11. Repeat twice more. Noodles, ricotta, spinach, white sauce, cheese.
  12. Sprinkle the top with Parmesan cheese.
  13. Spray a sheet of foil with nonstick spray and cover the lasagna.
  14. Bake at 350 for about 50 minutes, or until cooked and tender.
  15. Remove the foil and turn up the oven temperature to broil. Broil until golden brown and bubbly, 1 to 3 minutes. Keep an eye on it!
  16. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. I like to serve this with some bread, a big salad, and maybe some other green vegetable.
http://thefoodcharlatan.com/2016/03/28/white-lasagna-with-chicken-and-pesto-recipe/

This recipe was originally posted by me on I Heart Naptime. I was a contributor for Jamielyn’s blog last year, but I figure you guys want the recipes too!

Other great lasagnas and pastas you will love!

Easy Cheesy Ravioli Lasagna << this is an old family favorite!

Easy Ravioli Lasagna from The Food Charlatan

Poblano, Corn, and Zucchini Lasagna << I still have dreams about this one. It’s perfect for summer!

Poblano, Corn, and Zucchini Lasagna from TheFoodCharlatan.com

Old Fashioned Lasagna << this recipe is from the Better Homes and Garden’s cookbook. A classic!

Old Fashioned Lasagna from TheFoodCharlatan.com

Lasagna Soup << sounds weird. Isn’t. It’s delicious!

Lasagna Soup from TheFoodCharlatan.com

Other lasagna ideas from the blog-o-sphere!

Chicken Bacon Lasagna Roll-Ups from Simply Gloria
Chicken Cheese Lasagna from Will Cook For Smiles
Chicken Alfredo Lasagna Rolls from Belle of the Kitchen

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  1. says

    I feel like we live parallel lives. My husband has covered our master bathroom in Star Wars posters. And my youngest hangs up pictures she’s drawn all over the house with tape and I forget they’re there for months. Years. Seriously, there is a hand drawn picture of Jesus taped up over the piano for the last 18 months because Eden claims it helps her practice better.
    Also? This recipe looks delicious. Pesto makes everything better.

    • says

      Bahahah!!!! I laughed so hard when I read this Ami. You crack me up. I’m just counting my blessings now that I don’t have Obi-Wan staring me down while I’m on the toilet. And hey, Eden is probably right. Jesus totally helps. Haha!

  2. says

    OOOOH this looks sooo good!! I haven’t had a white lasagna and I need to fix that now!! I had to laugh about the kid art being left up randomly on the wall because that is totally our house too and yes you just go blind to it and forget it is there until company comes over to point it out!

  3. says

    Switch out the Star Wars posters with Lord of the Rings and I know exactly what you’re talking about. 😉
    You have so many wonderful things going on in this lasagna. Putting in the Greek yogurt sounds so good. And pesto! Yum!

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