October 30, 2013

Chicken Lasagna Stew

Tasty Chicken Lasagna Stew is a quick and easy way to enjoy the flavors of classic lasagna, without all the layering fuss.
Chicken Lasagna Stew

Lasagna is one of my all-time favorite foods.  My Mom makes it all the time, complete with her homemade sauce, simmered all day long so it's bursting with deep, delicious flavor.  So actually, strike that first sentence ... my Mom's lasagna is one of my all-time favorite foods.  I'm kind of a little bit lasagna-spoiled.

And while I certainly can create my Mom's wonderful lasagna, sometimes I want to enjoy all the fabulous lasagna flavors without all the layering fuss.  I mean let's be serious here, building a lasagna is tough work.  And inevitably, I burn a finger or two working with the hot noodles.  I guess I'm noodle challenged like that.

Well now, thanks to this Chicken Lasagna Stew ...

I can have my lasagna without the effort of making the layers!  And since it's made with chicken and 'hidden' vegetables, Chicken Lasagna Stew is healthier than the ol' classic, too.  Bonus.

Chicken Lasagna Stew

The stew part is simmered on the stove top for about 30 minutes, making this dish a pretty-quick-to-pull-together meal.

Each serving is then topped with a scoop of ricotta cheese, and sprinkled with shredded mozzarella and Parmesan.  I stir my cheeses in so they get all melty and mushy with the stew.

Mmmmmm.  Doesn't this bowl of Chicken Lasagna Stew look yummy?

Chicken Lasagna Stew

I'm so glad I can now savor the flavors of lasagna without the lasagna fuss.

But Mom ~ don't think you're off the hook for your good ol' classic lasagna just because I've discovered Chicken Lasagna Stew.  Your classic is still an expected - and very welcomed - treat!

Chicken Lasagna Stew
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Chicken Lasagna Stew
  • 1 to 1 1/2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 T. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 c. shredded carrots
  • 1 medium-sized onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 c. chicken broth (2 14.5 oz. cans)
  • 1 c. water
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
  • 2 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 to 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 5 dry (uncooked) lasagna noodles, broken into 1-inch pieces
  • About 1 c. ricotta cheese
  • About 1/2 c. shredded mozzarella
  • About 4 T. grated Parmesan cheese
  1. Cut the chicken into 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch cubes; season with a little salt and pepper. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add chicken and onion; cook until the chicken is browned and almost cooked through, about 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  2. Add the mushrooms, carrots, and garlic. Cook until the vegetables are tender, about 4 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Stir in the chicken broth, water, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, Italian seasoning, basil, oregano, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper, and sugar. Increase heat to high and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring frequently. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes.
  4. Uncover and increase heat to medium-high to return the mixture to a boil. Stir in the noodle pieces. Cook for about 20 minutes, until the noodles are tender, stirring occasionally.
  5. To serve, spoon into pasta or soup bowls. Top each serving with ricotta cheese, and sprinkle with mozzarella and Parmesan.
- Makes 4 to 6 servings
- We like our stew thick, and this one fits the bill for us!  If it becomes too thick during cooking or too thick to suit your taste, add about 1/2 to 1 cup additional water.
- Adjust the amount of crushed red pepper to suit your individual taste.  The 1/4 teaspoon amount makes the stew a tad on the spicy side.  We like it more on the 1/8 teaspoon side.  Also, if you're planning for leftovers, be aware that the stew gets spicier as it sits.


Chicken Lasagna Stew

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  1. Hmmm.....
    I'm sure it is fabulous!

    1. It is, Mom. Try it!! (though I still love yours best) :-)

  2. This looks incredible!!! A must try! Thanks for linking to Less Laundry, More Linking party! I will be featuring this on my FB this weekend!

  3. This looks so delicious! I love the idea of lasagna in a stew form. Yum!

  4. Love this! Lasagna on a week night is going to make everyone happy!

  5. YUMMY! I'd love for you to add this to my link up party "Friday Follow Along Party" http://thecraftiestallie.blogspot.com/

  6. Wow, that looks amazing! What a fun twist on lasagna. :)

  7. love this version of the classic lasagna, I would love it if you could share it on my link party Serenity Saturday

    Natasha @ Serenity You

  8. This is SO seriously perfect for me. I love lasagna and HATE that danged crusted over casserole dish that I have to wash afterward!
    I've Pinned this recipe... and will definitely make it soon.
    P.S. I found you at the Show Stopper Saturday link party

    1. Seriously ... washing the dishes is the WORST part of cooking! Glad to do what I can to help make it easier. LOL. :-)

  9. This looks so yummy Tracey! I LOVE Lasagna and I know this stew would be a big hit with the family! Pinned this one :)

  10. Hi!

    Would this recipe work with ground beef?

    1. Hi! While I haven't tried it with ground beef, I have seen other lasagna soup recipes that use ground beef ... so I say yes, I think it would work fine. Enjoy!

  11. This looks fabulous! Wish I had this all made up for dinner!

  12. I've recreated this with ground beef and it's delicious! I changed the recipe around a bit, but it was so good :)

  13. Made this tonight and it was excellent! Only change was to add a handful of spinach. thanks!

  14. This sounds delicious! Just pinned it!

  15. Kitty, Every time I visit I get so hungry! I adore Lasagna! Your recipe will certainly be ON THE MENU at StoneGable. YUMMY! Thanks for sharing at THE SCOOP!

  16. Yummy, Yummy, Can't wait to try this.

  17. Made it. Everyone except my anti-red sauce daughter, ate it up! Served with homemade ricotta. :)


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