Make-Ahead White Chicken Lasagna

Looking for a make-ahead pasta dinner using Progresso® chicken broth? Then try this cheesy casserole that's layered with chicken and lasagna. Perfect if you love Italian cuisine.

  • Prep Time 40 min
  • Total Time 10 hr 15 min
  • Servings 12

Ingredients

1
tablespoon butter or margarine
1
lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 1/2
cups coarsely chopped red bell pepper (2 medium)
1
cup finely chopped celery
1/2
cup chopped onion
2
cloves garlic, finely chopped
1
pint (2 cups) half-and-half
1/2
cup Progresso™ chicken broth
4
oz cream cheese
7
oz Gouda cheese, shredded (about 2 cups)
1
container (12 oz) small-curd cottage cheese
1/4
cup fresh basil leaves, cut into thin strips
1
egg, beaten
9
uncooked lasagna noodles
1
package (16 oz) sliced mozzarella cheese
1/2
cup grated Parmesan cheese
Fresh basil sprigs or chopped basil leaves, if desired

  • 1 Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. In 4-quart Dutch oven, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in bell pepper, celery, onion and garlic; cook about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally, until chicken is no longer pink in center.
  • 2 Reduce heat to low. Add half-and-half, broth and cream cheese; cook and stir until cream cheese is melted. Gradually add Gouda cheese, stirring until cheese is melted. Remove from heat; set aside. In bowl, mix cottage cheese, 1/4 cup fresh basil and the egg until blended.
  • 3 Spread 1 cup chicken mixture in baking dish. Top with 3 noodles, 1 1/2 cups chicken mixture, 1/2 of the cottage cheese mixture and 1/2 of the mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers once, starting with noodles. Top with remaining 3 noodles and remaining chicken mixture. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Cover with foil; refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight.
  • 4 Heat oven to 350°F. Bake lasagna covered 45 minutes. Uncover; bake 30 to 35 minutes longer or until noodles are tender and casserole is bubbly. Cover; let stand 15 minutes before serving. Garnish with basil sprigs.

Expert Tips

Add 1 1/2 cups julienne-cut cooked ham to lasagna layers for a flavor twist.

No-cook lasagna noodles are available and can be used in this recipe for immediate baking.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
440
(
Calories from Fat
230),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
26g
26%
(Saturated Fat
15g,
15%
Trans Fat
1/2g
1/2%
),
Cholesterol
115mg
115%;
Sodium
640mg
640%;
Total Carbohydrate
20g
20%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
5g
5%
),
Protein
33g
33%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
30%;
Vitamin C
20%;
Calcium
50%;
Iron
8%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 4 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.