Sunday, January 30, 2011

Chicken Lasagna with Roasted Red Pepper and Goat Cheese

What is it about lasagna that we  never seem to tire of it?  I was perusing my favorite food blogs and came across Kevin's lasagna recipe (www.closetcooking.com) which caught my eye.  A flavorful twist on a classic dish.  Layers of pasta bursting with the flavors of goat cheese, tomatoes, chicken, roasted red peppers and b├ęchamel sauce. Topped off with mozzarella cheese and baked till brown and bubbly. 

All the flavors worked beautifully together and this updated lasagna dish can serve a family or crowd,


Chicken Lasagna with Roasted Red Pepper and Goat Cheese Lasagna
Serves 4-6
Recipe From Closet Cooking


Ingredients:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, diced
2 gloves garlic, chopped
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
1-(14 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon oregano
Salt and pepper to taste
2 cups chicken (cooked and shredded)
Handful of fresh parsley (chopped)
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
2 cups milk
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (optional)
6-ounces goat cheese
3 large roasted red peppers (note: I used jarred roasted red peppers)
8 lasagna noodles
1 cup feta cheese
1 cup mozarella (grated)

Directions:
1. Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat.

2.  Add the onion and saute until tender, about 5-7 minutes.

3.  Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.

4.  Add tomatoes, tomato paste, balsamic vinegar, oregano, salt and pepper and bring to a boil.

5.  Reduce the heat and simmer until sauce starts to thicken, about 15-20 minutes.

6.  Mix in the chicken and parsley and set aside.

7.  Heat the butter in a saucepan over medium heat until it is bubbling, and it has turned a light golden brown.

8.  Mix in flour and let simmer until it returns to a light golden brown.

9.  Mix in milk, nutmeg and goat cheese, and heat until it thickens.

10.  Lightly grease the bottom of an 8-inch square baking dish.

11. Place a layer of noodles* followed by 1/2 of the tomato sauce, followed by 1/2 of the feta, followed by 1/2 of the roasted red bell peppers, followed by 1/3 of the bechamel sauce.  repeat a second layer in the same fashion and top with a final layer of noodles, the remaining bechamel sauce and top with mozzarella.

12.  Bake in a preheated 350 Degree F. oven until the top layer is golden brown and the sides are bubbling, about 30-45 minutes.

* To form one layer of noodles in the 8-inch square pan, cut two noodles 2/3 way down and use the 
2-1/3 noodles to make a full row.

Enjoy!




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47 comments:

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Roasted red peppers and goat cheese are a marriage made in heaven. I know your lasagna must be heavenly with the chicken and rich homemade bechamel sauce.
Sam

The Food Hound said...

I saw this on his site and it looks delicious!

Nisrine|Dinners and Dreams said...

This is a complete meal. S o many delcious ingredients. I love this recipe.

Farmchick said...

Love, love the goat cheese in this recipe!

Joanne said...

Oh my this looks gorgeous! I made mac and cheese with goat cheese and roasted red peppers last night...but now I'm really craving lasagna!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Why do we love lasagna? Oh, pasta, cheese, pasta, cheese, cheese, cheese! I'm a great fan of the traditional recipes, but I always love a new creative take on lasagna. I'm flirting with a butternut squash and sage lasagna recipe right now. This looks delicious!

Brenda said...

Many years ago I had a fabulous recipe for a chicken lasagna but lost it. This sounds even better than the one I had. Goat cheese? Heaven!! This really does look scrumptious!

Chris said...

What can one say about something so fantastic? It speaks for itself!

Chef E said...

You had me at the ingredients! Could I turn all the snow into goat cheese, we could eat our way out of the parking lot! Oink! LOL

Julie said...

Velva - this looks amazing! I love roasted red peppers and goat cheese, two of my favorites!!

bellini valli said...

With the goat cheese this sounds perfect for any day of the week.

Angie's Recipes said...

Velva, this lssagna looks so good! Love that you even added feta in it.

LaDivaCucina said...

MMMMmmmm....let's face it, any lasagna that uses three cheeses is going to be DIVINE but the pairing of goat cheese and red peppers is exquisite, isn't it? Well done, Velva. I'm having a private class for two today, wish you and hubby were here to enjoy, we are making "Miami Sunsets" with blood orange and Campari and "Fuzzy Rojos" with Bacardi Peach Red rum. Thinking of you!

Ana Powell said...

I never get bored of this type of dishes.
I found them so welcoming and delicious.
Great version ♥

belle chevre said...

goat cheese definitely deserves this starring role :D

That Girl said...

Your lasagna photographs so well! And you're right, it truly is a beautiful blend of flavors.

Jen_from_NJ said...

I just love lasagna and your version looks incredible! I could go for it right now!

teresa said...

so so gorgeous, what a fun combo!

Lea Ann said...

Oh my, doesn't that look WONderful.

rosaria said...

They look scrumptious, a great variation.

Big Dude said...

It sure has the ingredients for a delicious lasagna

Intuitive Eggplant said...

Oh, Velva, once again you turn up with a fabulous dish that has my taste buds tingling. And a recommendation of another fine food blogger. My follow list runneth over - in a good way :) Thanks!

A Canadian Foodie said...

I just finished making eggplant parmesan... there is definitely something about Italian food and the lasagna with bechamel is my very fav. I had it in the South of Italy twice... kind of lasagna for one... on a plate, with one large square of pasta, folded, meat and cheese in the middle, laying on gorgeous tomato sauce and slathered in bechamel. I shall never forget it. Velva, yours does look TO DIE FOR!
:)
Valerie

tasteofbeirut said...

A wonderful lasagne dish and the combo of red pepper and feta is singing to me!
I am actually making lasagne this weekend, a different kind. Lasagne is always the most popular dish around here!

Eliana said...

This take on this classic sounds outstanding!

Kim said...

Oh Velva....this sounds and looks so wonderful. A new and fun twist on a classic dish. Plus, I love any reason to use goat cheese.

scrambledhenfruit said...

This sounds wonderful- it's a nice change from traditional lasagna. :)

grace said...

i need to tell you how much i'm loving all the cheeses here! goat, feta, AND mozz? excellent. nice twist on a classic, velva. :)

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Goat cheese, roasted red peppers, chicken... can't go wrong with that combo!!

Katerina said...

I love lasagna and it is so versatile that you can make them with all different ingredients. It is a dish that never bores you. Your lasagna look absolutely mouth watering.

Rita said...

Love love lasagna and your recipe is rigfht up my alley; printing this one out for my kid's next visit. Thank you.

Victoria said...

Love this updates on lasagna!! A great twist with the goat cheese and roasted red peppers, and chicken instead of ground beef is a much lighter alternative :)

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

Goat cheese and roasted red peppers. Yum!! Another wonderful recipe.

Chow and Chatter said...

looks wonderful lovely flavors save some for me!

roz said...

Velva, this is an amazing lasagna! How creative and a must-try! Your recipes always make me drool!

RamblingTart said...

Wowsers, Velva!!! No wonder you had to try it. :-) I love your cheery green pans too!

Heavenly Housewife said...

Oh those look positively awesome! Love the flavours too :D
*kisses* HH

From the Kitchen said...

This looks soooo deliciously comforting! I wish I had some stashed away right now.

Best,
Bonnie

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

This is an amazing lasagna recipe! I have that pan also, LOL!!! I love the addition of the red pepper flakes, balsamic vinegar, and goat cheese! Sounds like just what the Dr. ordered . . . we're expecting up to 20 inches of snow in our first storm!!! Which is now officially underway! Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe!

Mary

The Japanese Redneck said...

Those look good.

I have a big pan of lasagna in the fridge.

Barbara said...

Oh my. That looks sooooo good, Velva! I love the red peppers and goat cheese. And all that melted mozzarella! Yummy dish!

Juliana said...

Wow, love the idea of using chicken for lasagna...nice with goat cheese, so tasty ;-)

Merut said...

Oh wow, this looks amazing. Goat cheese in lasagna - intriguing idea. I was reading your ingredients and saw balsamic vinegar for the sauce. Why haven't I ever thought of that?! It sounds brilliant, and I love balsamic. Thanks for the idea.

Abbey said...

I'm drooling... Oh, how I wish we were neighbors!!

Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

Okay I fully admit to loving lasagna and any variation thereof. But THIS one - good lord almighty!!! The goat cheese! The chicken! The roasted bell peppers! Someone hold me.

Stella said...

Now that's lasagna! Wow, Velva! This looks really nice. You know, I never make lasagna b/c it usually comes out dry for me. I didn't grow up in a family that made it, so lasagna is actually a somewhat new food to me. I might try this sans the chicken. And soon (smile)...!

thefattyreader said...

I really like the idea of roasted red peppers in lasagna! And I agree...what is it about lasagna? Always sounds good. Guess I'm like Garfield in that way. :)

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