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There’s nothing better than a veggie packed meal that tastes creamy, cheesy and yummy. This chicken and butternut squash lasagna is incredible!
Chicken and butternut squash lasagna
I wanted to use some butternut squash to add flavor and nutrients to this white lasagna. I’m trying to learn to make recipes without tomatoes because recently I started having trouble tolerating them and other nightshades. I have always loved hiding veggies in my spaghetti sauce, but now that I can’t eat it, I wanted to make the same yummy dishes in a new way.
This creamy white cheesy bechamel sauce will send your tastebuds soaring. I couldn’t believe how amazing this recipe turned out. I’ll never miss the tomato sauce on this one.
Butternut squash with chicken
I decided to add chicken to this because it sounded so good. My family likes meat, but you could easily make this without the chicken if you wanted a vegetarian version. I don’t think you could give up the cheese though. It’s the best part!
Butternut squash and chicken taste so good together, I like to roast a butternut and serve it as a side dish when I cook chicken any time. I also like to mash it and use as a sub for mashed potatoes. I can’t eat potatoes anymore. They make me feel sick. So I have to find nightshade free recipes.
Butternut squash cream sauce
I made a basic bechamel with a roux and some chicken stock and milk, then added some kale from the garden and some glorious cheeses. The combination was so delicious. I used provolone to make it really creamy, mozzarella for that traditional stretch, and of course parmesan for the taste. It’s my favorite. So nutty and good.
Earlier in the day, I tossed a whole butternut in the oven and cooked it until it was tender. I love this new way of cooking hard winter squashes because I always had such a hard time cutting them in half to prep them. You just bake it whole, slice it in half and easily scoop out the seeds and then proceed with your method of preparation. Easy breezy.
Once I got the creamy sauce figured out, I mixed the butternut puree in with the ricotta for the different layers. I also cleaned out my fridge and grated up some leftover veggies I had and sauted those up to mix in with the chicken. We ended up with 2 1/2 summer squashes, an onion, half a package of mushrooms, a whole butternut squash and two cups of cut up kale in this recipe. Lots of fiber and nutrients.
Butternut squash lasagna with chicken
This combination of butternut squash and chicken mixed with the cheesy, garlicky, creamy goodness in this lasagna is one of my favorite combinations. I would be willing to bet that even your vegetable haters will love this because the veggie flavors are mild. I’m always looking for ways to give more nutrients from fruits and veggies to my picky eaters.
Savory chicken lasagna packed full of nutritious veggies but tasting of creamy, cheesy goodness!
- 1 butternut squash
- 1 1/2 c chicken stock
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 c grated assorted vegetables
- 1 box lasagna noodles, cooked
- 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cubed
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1/2 pkg button mushrooms, sliced
- 8 T butter, divided in half
- 2 c ricotta
- 1/4 c flour
- 4 c chicken stock, divided
- 1 1/2 c milk
- 1 tsp italian seasoning
- 2 c chopped kale or spinach
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 c shredded parmesan cheese
- 3 c shredded mozzarella cheese
Wash outside of butternut squash and roast whole in a 400 degree oven until fork tender.
Cut in half and carefully scoop out seeds.
Scoop remaining flesh into blender
Mix puree with ricotta cheese
Add 1 1/2 c chicken stock and salt and pepper to taste.
Grate up leftover vegetables from the crisper
Heat oven to 375
Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions and dump into colander to drain.
Put pasta pot back onto stove and add 4 T butter.
Add chicken and cook until browned
Remove chicken and set aside.
In the same pan, add onions and shredded vegetables
Saute, stirring occasionally until soft
Cook until done
Add salt and pepper, stir, and mix into chicken.
In the same pot, melt remaining 4 T butter
Add flour and cook and stir until slightly browned
Add milk and remaining 2 1/2 c stock all at once
Cook and stir until thick and bubbly
Add italian seasoning, kale, garlic, 1/2 c grated parmesan cheese, 1 c grated provolone and 1 c grated mozzarella cheese.
Cook and stir until melted and creamy
Remove from heat
In a 9 x 13 casserole dish sprayed with cooking spray, add a scoop of sauce and cover bottom of pan
Add a layer of noodles
Add a layer of ricotta/butternut
Add a layer of chicken and vegetables
Add a layer of cheese sauce
Repeat two more times
Top with remaining parmesan and mozzarella cheese
Bake at 375 for 45 minutes until slightly browned and bubbly
Butternut squash lasagna rolls
If you’d like to flip this recipe and make butternut squash lasagna rolls, just prepare all of the layers as stated. Then take one cooked lasagna noodle and place a spoon of each layer on one end and then roll it up.
Spray a 9 x 13 casserole dish with cooking spray and place the roll on its end in the pan. Repeat until all of the noodles are filled. Then take any remaining chicken and vegetable mixture and spread it over the top. Next, the butternut squash and ricotta mixture. And finally pour the remaining cheesy bechamel sauce over the top and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake it the same way as the recipe states.
Once it’s done, you can scoop out a roll or two for your plate easily. So cute and so good.
For easy dinner ideas, click here. For more ways to use butternut squash, check out this butternut and cauliflower soup and this butternut squash mac and cheese. And if you’re a soup lover like me, butternut squash soup is my favorite!
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