Friday, July 16, 2010

Creamy Ham and Chicken Lasagna (freezer Meal Friday)

I recently had a freezer meal cooking session with my friend Kathy. We've know each other since high school, so going to cook at her house was like a big girlie party. Her adorable daughter pushed a stool up the the counter, strapped on her apron and dawned a chef hat. She was so excited to make this lasagna with me. How can I resist that? How can anyone? She also had a little kitten the size of a baseball who kept trying to climb into my chef bag. If the little girl wasn't adorable enough...add a fluffy kitten to the mix and I was melted butter. Aweeee. That's so cute.

Chicken and Ham Lasagna

¾ lb fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 large onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
¼ cup butter
½ cup all purpose flour
2 cups milk
1 can chicken broth (or homemade)
1 lb frozen chopped broccoli, thawed and drained--well chopped
2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper ( I always use Chef Tess All purpose Seasoning )
Dash of nutmeg
12 oven ready lasagna noodles
2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
2 cups (8 oz) shredded Swiss cheese
2 cups cubed cooked chicken

In a large skillet, saute the mushrooms, onion, and green pepper in the butter until tender. Stir in the flour until blended. Gradually add milk and broth. Bring to a boil and cook and stir for 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in the broccoli, salt pepper and nutmeg.

Spread 2 cups of the broccoli mixture in a greased 13 inch by 9 inch by 2 inch casserole dish. Top with 4 noodles. Overlapping if needed. Layer with 2 cups broccoli mixture, 1 ½ cup ham, 2/3 cup Swiss cheese, ,four noodles. 2 cups broccoli mixture, chicken, 2/3 cup Swiss cheese four noodles and remaining broccoli mixture, Swiss cheese and ham.

Cover tightly with foil and freeze.

To serve:

Defrost in the fridge 24 hours. Place defrosted lasagna in the oven and bake 350 degrees 45 minutes, covered with foil. Remove from oven. Let sit 15 minutes before cutting.

Yield 12 servings. May divide into loaf pan size casseroles for smaller families.

There you go. Make some lasagna. If you can get a cute little girl to stand on a stool and spread out the cheese...even better.


mlebagley said...

This looks delish! Is it healthy? or just enough? Jen and Chris are looking to improve on their southern roots right now and I'm trying to find a relatively healthy freezer meal as a housewarming gift. Kindly advise.

Chef Tess said...'s pretty good as far as healthy goes. You can use whole wheat noodles boil 5 minutes befor using and cut the swiss cheese in half. Smooches to Jen and Chris! I wish I was able to give them a meal myself!