Sunday, October 22, 2006

Chicken Florentine Lasagne

6 lasagne noodles, uncooked
1-10 oz. package frozen chopped spinach, thawed
3 cups chopped cooked chicken (see recipe)
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 can cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
1-8 oz. carton sour cream
1-8 oz. pkg. fresh mushrooms
1/3 cup mayonnaise

1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
4 Tbsp. butter or margarine, divided
1 cup chopped pecans

Cook noodles according to package directions; drain and set aside.

Slice mushrooms; saute in 2 Tbsp. butter or margarine; set aside.

Drain spinach well, pressing between layers of paper towels until all moisture is removed.

Combine spinach, chicken, and next 10 ingredients in a large bowl; stir well to mix.

Arrange 3 noodles in a lightly greased 9x13 glass baking dish. Spread half of chicken mixture over noodles. Repeat procedure with remaining noodles and chicken. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and Butter-Pecan topping.

Cover and bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes until hot and bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting.

Butter-Pecan Topping

Melt 2 Tbsp. butter or margarine in a skillet over medium heat; add 1 cup chopped pecans, and cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool completely.


I only use half a package of spinach and add an additional cup of Cheddar cheese.

I'm not sure where this recipe originated (possibly Southern Living). I got it from Miss Linda, a wonderful friend and excellent cook. It's been modified a little bit, but for the most part, it's her delicious recipe.

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At 6:43 PM, Blogger Bellezza said...

YUM! I was wondering how your lasagne party went. This looks like a wonderful dish; a nice deviation from the typical Italian style. I hope you all had a wonderful time Saturday night. A little party for four sounds nicer than our rather hectic gathering for thirty. Then, you have people asking for something entirely different for their children, as if I'm running a restaurant...I envy your quiet evening.

At 4:42 PM, Blogger Les said...

Hey, Bellezza! Our dinner party went well. We even played several hands of Mah Jong (much to my husband's distress - he does not like games other than Trivial Pursuit) and had a lovely evening. Yep, this is a nice variation from the usual lasagna recipe. Our guests enjoyed it, too. Always a good thing. :) Sorry to hear you had to play short-order chef for the children. Sigh. Hope your week is quiet and that you are recovering from your dinner party.

At 5:34 PM, Blogger Bellezza said...

I've always wanted to know how to play Mah Jong. My mother speaks fondly of playing it as a child, but she doesn't remember enough to teach me! Another friend of mine has a group she meets with to play every Tuesday (when I'm at work), and it sounds so much better than what I hear of Bunco.

At 6:17 PM, Blogger Les said...

I learned how to play Mah Jong when I was about 8 or 9, I think. My grandparents taught us and I've always loved it. I've never played Bunco, though several of my friends have. Just hasn't appealed to me.

At 8:37 PM, Blogger Bellezza said...

I don't think it would appeal to either of us, since from what I can gather Bunco's all about Is My House Better Than Yours? and Who's Husband is Cheating on Who? NO, THANK YOU!

By the way, I really like the dishes and tableclothes you have in your pictures. What an attractive setting you create.

At 6:51 PM, Blogger Les said...

Thanks, Bellezza. I don't spend a lot of time thinking about setting a pretty table for a dinner party, as I'd rather focus on the food prep. I like this fall tablecloth, however, and it seems to go well with a set of our dishes.


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