Qmee recipes – chicken and ham lasagne

It’s a new year and time for some new recipes! We’ve found some really great ones so we’re looking forward to sharing them with our users.

The first recipe of 2018 is a twist on a traditional Italian dish – lasagne! Instead of the usual filling (beef mince), this comforting dish has layered pasta sheets, meat and spinach, topped with gooey, melted cheese – delicious!

Here’s what you’ll need…

6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
½ onion, sliced
2 bay leaves
200ml white wine
100g butter
100g plain flour
500ml semi-skimmed milk
140g sliced smoked ham, cut into strips
200g spinach leaves
225g no pre-cook dried lasagne sheets (about 20 sheets)
200g ready-grated mozzarella
25g parmesan, finely grated

Here’s what you’ll need to do…

  1. Put the chicken breasts in a medium saucepan with the onion, bay leaves and wine.
  2. Pour over just enough water to cover, around 200ml. Put a lid on top and bring to a gentle simmer.
  3. Poach gently for 15 mins or until the chicken is just cooked. Transfer the chicken to a board and strain the liquid into a jug.
  4. Melt the butter in a large non-stick saucepan over a medium heat.
  5. Stir in the flour with a wooden spoon and cook for about a minute.
  6. Gradually add the milk, a little at a time, stirring well between each addition to ensure the sauce stays smooth. Once all the milk has been added, stir in the reserved cooking liquid and continue cooking for a further 2-3 mins.
  7. Adjust the seasoning to taste.
  8. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6.
  9. Cut the chicken into small chunks and stir into the saucepan. Add the ham and spinach and cook until the spinach has wilted.
  10. Spoon a third of the chicken mixture into the base of a 3-litre lasagne dish (about 26 x 18cm).
  11. Top with a third of the lasagne sheets.
  12. Repeat the layers twice more, ending with lasagne. Scatter the mozzarella and Parmesan on top and season with black pepper.
  13. Bake for about 25 mins or until the lasagne is tender, the topping is well browned and the filling hot.

 

(Source: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/chicken-ham-lasagne)