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.
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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??
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.
This White Chicken Lasagna is basically all of my favorite components of a main dish right here:
- a creamy white (healthier!) Alfredo sauce
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.
- 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!
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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- 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
- 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- 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
- 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 Parmesan and set aside.
- 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.
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