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2000s Recipes + Menus

Cheesy Chicken and Mushroom Lasagne

Serves4
  • Active time:35 min
  • Start to finish:1 1/2 hr
March 2009
No-boil lasagne noodles are a lifesaver: They can turn what’s often perceived as a party dish into a practical weeknight supper—especially since you have the luxury of simply reaching into the refrigerator and pulling out the main ingredient: half a roast chicken. Leftover lasagne noodles are handy for crumbling into soup.
  • 1 (10-oz) package cremini or white mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 roast chicken, skin discarded, meat shredded (about 2 1/4 cups), and carcass reserved for stock
  • 3 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons thyme leaves
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 12 Barilla no-boil egg lasagne noodles (less than a 9-oz package)
  • 1 1/2 cups coarsely grated Gruyère (3 oz)
  • Equipment:

    an 8-inch square baking pan
  • Preheat oven to 425°F with rack in middle.
  • Cook mushrooms, garlic, 1/4 tsp salt, and 1/8 tsp pepper in oil and 1 Tbsp butter in a 4-qt heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms are softened, about 3 minutes. Add wine and simmer briskly 2 minutes. Transfer mushroom mixture to a large bowl and stir in chicken. (Set aside saucepan.)
  • Bring milk to a bare simmer in a medium saucepan. Melt remaining 4 Tbsp butter in 4-qt saucepan over medium-low heat. Add flour and cook roux, whisking constantly, 3 minutes. Add hot milk in a slow stream, whisking constantly. Add thyme, 3/4 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp pepper and simmer, whisking occasionally, until thickened, 5 to 6 minutes. Remove from heat and reserve 1 cup sauce. Stir parmesan into sauce remaining in pan, then stir into mushroom filling.
  • Pour half of reserved plain sauce into baking pan, spreading evenly to coat bottom. Add 3 lasagne sheets, overlapping slightly, and one third of mushroom filling, spreading evenly, then sprinkle one fourth of Gruyère over top. Repeat 2 times. Top with remaining 3 lasagne sheets and remaining plain sauce, spreading evenly. Sprinkle with remaining Gruyère.
  • Cover with foil, tenting slightly to prevent foil from touching top of lasagne but sealing all around edge, and bake 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake until cheese is golden, about 15 minutes more. Let lasagne stand 10 minutes before serving.
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