Chicken, squash & pesto lasagne

Chicken, squash & pesto lasagne

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(32 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr, 5 mins


Serves 6
This alternative pasta bake is great for making in batches- assemble the layers of mascapone, chicken, basil and butternut then freeze or bake

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal692
  • fat50g
  • saturates23g
  • carbs30g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre4g
  • protein31g
  • salt1.3g
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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    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. While cow…

  • 50g pine nut


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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5th Feb, 2017
incredible, the only change I made was to also swap mascarpone for some ricotta, we like our lasagne quite loose so didn't reduce the stock, wanted to see how it turned out before changing too much...made up and cooked day glad I didn't reduce anything, froze half and on reheating was just as of the nicest lasagne I have had, will be sharing the recipe with my restaurant owning Italian friends for something a bit different!
22nd Dec, 2016
Wow this recipie, we had it for tea last night and just had to post a comment, faultless, I prepared the day before on my day off, and put in the oven the day after, it sat quite happily in the fridge....the only change I made was to use ricotta and mascarpone to reduce a little fat content, and not to use extra basil, with so much pesto didn't think it was needed .. the liquid I didn't reduce, glad I didn't, once cooked it as lovely and moist and i was able to cut into perfect portions can't wait to cook again, it will be a regular
4th Dec, 2016
Incredibly naughty but worth every single mouthful! We served it with some garlic bread and salad. It was perfect and I couldn't wait to tuck into the leftovers.
13th Nov, 2016
Really tasty. I added spinach to the chicken mix which worked well. I was making for 3 of us so I only used 2 chicken breasts which worked really well. Will definitely make again
9th Sep, 2016
This was absolutely stunning! Husband loved it and went for thirds! I used just under the 500mls of stock too and didn't put on the pine nuts as didn't have any. I froze the leftovers so can't wait to eat it again soon!
25th Jun, 2016
Made this for the first time the other day, a great Summer lasagne. My partner doesn't normally eat butternut squash, but loved this. Reading some of the other reviews first, I reduced the stock to just under 500ml, didn't use pine nuts (I didn't have any) and used 250g mascarpone and 250g ricotta to help reduce the fat content. It was fabulous.
23rd Jun, 2016
Lovely recipe, really tasty and very easy. This would be very easy to adapt and use other flavours. I think I've found a winner!
2nd Nov, 2015
6 stars at least. Can't count the amount of times I've made it. Absolutely delicious just as it is. I do however add a chopped leek to the onions and garlic at the beginning - good way of getting more veg in. I have also griddled sliced courgette and used these as another layer at the end, again just to get all the veggies in.
11th Oct, 2015
If there was a sixth star, I would give it to this recipe. Absolute perfection; no need for tweaking. My husband says it's the best lasagne he's ever eaten.
9th Aug, 2015
Absolutely super, loaded with flavor, all my guests complimented me on this dish. Quite a lot leftover, so froze it for another day. Followed the recipe precisely. Only thing I did was to make this early in the day prior to cooking and it soaked up all the stock. Will definitely be making again and again.


6th Nov, 2016
Could I use sweet potato instead of squash?
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14th Nov, 2016
Thanks for your question, you could try it with sweet potato but this would give both a different taste and texture. We'd suggest sticking with the original unless you dislike squash.
1st Jan, 2014
Hi, I made this recipe once before and loved it, so would like to make it again. My problem is, that butternut squash is a bit hard to find where I live. Does anyone have an idea as to what I can use instead of butternut? My first thought were sweet potatoes, but they are even harder to find. Thank you for any suggestions.
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