Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Chicken and Pesto Lasagne by Mitzie Wilson Recipe

Photo: Chicken and Pesto Lasagne by Mitzie Wilson Recipe

Serves: 6, On the table in: Over 60 Minutes

This has become a bit of a favourite in our family - it is rich, hearty and smart enough to serve for a family gathering - you could just about stretch it to serve 8 if you serve lots of green salad and garlic bread with it too.


500g minced turkey or chicken
1 onion, peeled and finely diced
1 clove garlic, crushed
8 tomatoes, roughly chopped
6 tbsp tomato purée
1 red pepper de-seeded and cut into strips
1/2 tsp dried oregano
250g fresh egg lasagne sheets
Salt and pepper
225g washed spinach
250g ricotta cheese
6 tbsp Classic Basil Pesto
150ml crème fraiche
125g mozzarella, grated
25g Parmesan, grated


Dry fry the minced chicken or turkey and onion for about 5 minutes until browned and the onion is beginning to soften. Add the garlic, tomatoes, tomato purée and then the red pepper and oregano. Cook for 2-3 minutes then pour over 150ml water. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Taste and season with salt and pepper.

Meanwhile soak the lasagne sheets in boiling water or as directed on the packet.

Place the spinach in a colander over the sink and pour over boiling water until the spinach has wilted. Press gently to remove as much water as possible then place the spinach in a bowl with the ricotta and Pesto. Mix well.

Set oven to 180°c/160 fan/gas mark 4.

Place 2 sheets of lasagne in the base of a 2.5 lt oven proof baking dish and pour over half the chicken mixture. Top with half the ricotta mixture. Add another 2 sheets of lasagne and most of the remaining chicken mixture, reserving a couple of tablespoons for the top.

Add the remaining ricotta mixture and top with the last 2 lasagne sheets. Spoon over the reserved chicken mixture then spread with crème fraiche and sprinkle with mozzarella and Parmesan. Bake for 25-30 minutes until piping hot in the centre and golden brown.

Photo from: Mitzie Wilson 'Mince! 100 Fabulously Frugal Recipes'. Publisher: Absolute Press. Photograph by Kate Whitaker

Source: Sacla UK

More Chicken Recipes:

Tagliatelle with Red Pesto, Chicken & Asparagus
Chicken Garbure
Grilled Chicken with Tomato and Mascarpone, Mushrooms and Parmesan
Roasted Chicken Breasts with Basil Pesto
One-Pot Tomato & Olive Chicken with Gnocchi
Pesto Roast Chicken with Garlic and Parmesan     
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