Thursday, January 31, 2013

Chicken and Cheese Lasagna

So another thing conquered...homemade noodles! I made spinach noodles one time with my sister but she is the one who made them. So this time I used a recipe in my fantastic cookbook that I get a lot of recipes from (Country Cookbook Bridal Edition...thanks mom!)

Then I used my creative juices and came up with this lasagna recipe all my own! Those are always some of my best :)

Homemade Noodles
2 Cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
3 eggs
1 tbsp water

Put flour and salt in a bowl and make a well (scoop out middle). I suggest doing 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups flour because I thought it was too dry (maybe I'm wrong but I added another tbsp water)...adding flour while kneading is better than being too dry. 

Add eggs and water in the middle. Stir together.

Knead the dough for about 10 minutes.

Roll out..this took some elbow grease for me...again, I thought it was a little too dry? But it was fine :)

Then I just cut sheets that would cover the whole bottom of the pan for the lasagna. 


Tomato sauce (sauce recipe HERE if you need one)
2 cups mozzarella cheese
1 small container of cottage cheese (or half of a large one)
cooked chicken breast chopped finely
large handful of spinach chopped to about 1/2 cup
parmesan cheese

Combine cottage cheese, 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese (leave 1/2 cup for topping each layer), parmesan cheese, and chopped spinach (I used fresh) in a bowl. You will use this to layer the lasagna.

Layer the bottom of your pan with sauce then add a layer of homemade noodle (or store bought...I did not have to cook the homemade noodle first in water)

Add another layer of sauce on the noodle, half of the chopped chicken, a layer of cottage cheese mix, and then sprinkle some of your mozzarella cheese on top.
--the cool thing about this is that I used leftover chicken from the night before when I made a rotisserie chicken, which was very another use for my leftovers!

Repeat with 2 more layers but use all the chicken in the bottom layers and leave the top layer for your cheese mix and the rest of your mozzarella cheese.

Then cook at 375 degrees for 45 minutes or so.

There you have a really homemade lasagna. ENJOY this marvelous lasagna! Abby even downed it and had 2 large helpings and Kyle really liked it :)

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