Would you believe that this is the first time I have turned on my lap top in over a week? I know I can’t! I’m one of those people that is a compulsive email, facebook, and general internet checker. Even if I don’t have time to respond to or interact with what I read, I still constantly check. I guess smart phones and laptops will do that to you.
Last Thursday I hopped on a plane to head home for the holidays; while I was on the plane I watched 5 episodes of Modern Family and watched my battery go from 100% to 2%. Once I landed it was go, go, go right from the start. I never even had time to recharge the battery, literally and figuratively. Unfortunately that means this poor little blog of mine was seriously neglected!
While I haven’t had time to make anything new this week, I do have a few aces in my back pocket, including these Chicken Pesto Lasagna Roll-Ups. I wouldn’t exactly call this a fast weeknight dinner, but it can certainly be made easier by using store-bought sauce and pesto. Homemade is nice (and often better) but it’s all about doing what you can with the time you have.
Chicken Pesto Lasagna Roll-Ups
1 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp flour
1 cup milk
1 cup shredded chicken
1 15 oz container of ricotta cheese
1/2 cup homemade or store-bought pesto sauce
6 lasagna noodles, cooked and drained
1 cup of your favorite chunky marinara sauce, divided
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a saucepan over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon of butter. Add flour and whisk until smooth, about 1 minute. Stream in milk, whisking constantly. Add salt and pepper and cook until thickened, about 3-4 minutes. Add 1/4 cup of the white sauce to the bottom of an 8×8 pan.
In a medium size mixing bowl, stir together the chicken, ricotta, pesto 1/4 cup of mozzarella, salt and pepper, until combined. Spread ~1/3 cup of the ricotta mixture over each lasagna noodle. Roll up the noodles and place seam side down in the 8×8 pan. Top the lasagna rolls with the rest of the white sauce, a spoonful of red sauce and the rest of the mozzarella cheese.
Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly.
Serve on a bed of red sauce with Parmesan cheese for garnish.
Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride, originally from Sargento