- 2 tbsp olive oil
Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…
- 2 onions, chopped
Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 4 skinless chicken breasts
- 1 tbsp plain flour
- 600ml chicken stock
- 500g tub mascarpone
- 190g jar pesto
Pesto is a generic Italian name for any sauce made by pounding ingredients together.
- bunch basil, leaves picked and chopped, save a few small whole leaves to serve
Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…
- 1 butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and cut into chunks
- good grating of nutmeg
One of the most useful of spices for both sweet and savoury…
- 12 lasagne sheets
- 85g parmesan, grated
Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…
- splash of milk
One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…
- 50g pine nut
Heat the oil in a large casserole dish. Add the onions and cook until softened, then add the garlic and cook for a few mins more. Push the onions and garlic to the edge of the pan, add the chicken breasts and cook for a few mins each side to brown. Sprinkle over the flour and stir it into the onion mixture. Tip in the stock and season. Cover and simmer for 10 mins – or until the chicken is cooked through. Using 2 forks, shred the chicken into bite-sized chunks. Add half the mascarpone and the pesto, stirring until the mascarpone has melted into the sauce, bubble for a few mins to thicken a little, then remove from the heat and stir in the basil.
Meanwhile, place the squash in a large bowl with 2tbsp of water, cover with cling film and microwave on High for 12-15 mins, until really soft. Season the squash with a little of the nutmeg and some salt and pepper, and mash lightly with a fork.
Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Spoon half the chicken mixture into the bottom of a 20 x 30cm ovenproof dish. Cover with 4 lasagne sheets, then the butternut squash and half the Parmesan. Top with another 4 lasagne sheets, the remaining chicken mixture, then a final layer of lasagne. Mix enough milk into the remaining mascarpone to make a smooth sauce – you need to aim for a consistency similar to white sauce. Season with remaining nutmeg, salt and pepper, then pour over the lasagne. Scatter over the remaining Parmesan and the pine nuts. Bake for 40 mins until piping hot in the centre and crunchy and golden on top. Scatter with a few extra basil leaves before serving.
Chicken lasagne: Easy to freezeAssemble the lasagne completely, then cool. Wrap well in cling film and freeze for up to three months. Transfer to the fridge 24 hours before you want to cook it, then bake as directed.