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White Chicken Lasagna with Ham and Spinach

Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Servings 9

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This White Chicken Lasagna with Ham and Spinach is the ULTIMATE comfort food! Made with a lighter Alfredo sauce, it’s decadent enough for the holidays and still loaded with healthy ingredients. 

overhead image of white lasagna in white pan

I just kind of love this time of year.

There’s something just so magical about September – December, with the back-to-school and back-to-routine excitement, October with Thanksgiving and Halloween, and I’ll be honest from October to December is all about Christmas for me.

I love Christmas, probably because there are so many reasons and opportunities to gather around a table of good food with friends and family.

Because really — what is great food without great people to share it with??

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So here we are in October, and I’m bringing you something that will be a show-stopper on your holiday tables, but is just as perfect for a weeknight, weekend, anytime dinner for the family.

Why we love this White Chicken Lasagna:

This White Chicken Lasagna is basically all of my favorite components of a main dish right here:

  • pasta
  • cheese
  • a creamy white (healthier!) Alfredo sauce
  • ham
  • chicken

I chose to make my own Alfredo sauce, even though you could use a store bought variety, because it allows me to control things like salt, sugar, and fat a bit more and add in extra goodies like spinach.

Piece of white lasagna being lifted out of pan

How to prep this White Lasagna ahead:

  • The sauce can easily be made ahead of time (up to 4 or 5 days even, depending on the freshness of your ingredients) and stored in the fridge until you’re ready to assemble
  • Assemble the whole lasagna ahead: this is my favorite hack! Assembling the lasagna a day or two before you need to bake it allows time for the oven ready noodles to soften and it shaves 20 minutes off the bake time! When I do this, I cover and bake for 25-30 minutes, then uncover and brown.
  • Have your chicken and ham chopped and cheese shredded: if you need to, you can even buy canned or precooked, chopped chicken (or a rotisserie chicken!) and shredded cheese. We all need a quick win some days!
Piece of white chicken lasagna on white plate

Lasagna is one of my ultimate comfort foods. Isn’t it everyone’s?? The presentation, with the layers of pasta, sauce, cheese and meat, is so pretty and takes this dish right to center stage on a crowded holiday table.

I would love to hear how you guys make things a little easier on yourselves when you’re planning meals around the holidays?

Any great make ahead tips or things you keep on hand to help with meal prep? Ideas for treats that look extra special but are easy to pull off? I’d love to hear about them!

Note: this post was originally sponsored by Catelli pasta, and although I have tested this recipe with other brands, Catelli still makes the best oven-ready lasagna noodles! Other brands can take up to 15-20 minutes longer in the oven.

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White Chicken Lasagna with Ham and Spinach

This White Chicken Lasagna with Ham and Spinach is the ULTIMATE comfort food! Made with a lighter Alfredo sauce, it’s decadent enough for Thanksgiving or Christmas and still loaded with healthy ingredients.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Servings 9
Calories 324cal

Ingredients

Alfredo Sauce

  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups low fat milk
  • 1/4 cup frozen spinach thawed and squeezed dry

Lasagna

  • 12 Catelli Express oven-ready lasagna noodles (uncooked)
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese divided
  • 2 chicken breasts cooked, chopped or shredded
  • 2 cups chopped cooked ham
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese divided

Instructions

Alfredo Sauce

  • Melt butter in a medium pot over medium heat. Add garlic, salt, pepper and Italian seasoning and cook 1 minute. Whisk in flour until completely combined.
  • Whisk in broth and continue cooking over medium heat until sauce has thickened. Gradually stir in milk, whisking and cooking each time until thickened. Stir in spinach and set aside.

Lasagna

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and lightly grease a 9×13″ baking dish.
  • Spread a thin layer of sauce in the bottom of the baking dish, then top with 3 lasagna noodles, 1/4 of the sauce, 1/3 of the chicken, 1/3 of the ham and 1/3 cup Mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers twice so that you have 3 layers of 3 lasagna noodles each.
  • Top with remaining 3 lasagna noodles, remaining 1/4 sauce, 1 cup mozzarella cheese and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.
  • Cover with a lightly greased piece of foil and bake for 40-45 minutes until noodles are tender (they will absorb the sauce and expand as they cook!).
  • Remove foil and bake for 10-15 minutes until starting to brown. Let sit for 10 minutes before slicing into 9 pieces and serving.

Notes

I poach my own chicken breasts for this recipe. To do this, simply heat about 1″ of chicken broth in a medium pan to a simmer over medium heat. Add two raw chicken breasts, cover, and simmer (don’t boil) for 10-15 minutes until cooked through. Let cool enough to chop.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 324cal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 99mg | Sodium: 979mg | Potassium: 346mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1084IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 234mg | Iron: 1mg

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Meet Ashley

My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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  1. Deanna says

    I have this in the oven baking now. Only problem I ran into was with the sauce. I had to stop and make another batch as it clearly was not enough. My 9 x 13 pan held 4 noodles vs 3 per layer. I suggest having extra cheese and sauce on hand.
    It smells yummy! Can’t wait to try it and post a full review.

  2. Gail D says

    This sounds so-so yummy.
    Question? Is there another meat I can substitute the ham with? I don’t eat pork.

    Thank you

  3. Susie Phelps says

    Can I use the noodles you boil instead of oven-ready? It’s hard to find oven-ready lasagna noodles in my town.

  4. Shannon Scott says

    I would like to prep this recipe 2 days ahead of time. Is it best to cook and freeze or can I assemble all of the ingredients and cook on day 3?

  5. Sara I says

    This looks great! So creamy and decadent. Think I’ll try this lasagna, minus the ham, since I don’t eat pork. Looking forward in eating a warm batch of lasagna in this chilly weather!

  6. Cathleen @ A Taste of Madness says

    I don’t like turkey, so I always make a ham for Thanksgiving/Christmas/Easter, and never know what to do with the leftovers. This looks perfect!

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