Happy Monday! This week I am sharing a new recipe we just tried out that I found while browsing Pinterest. I slightly adapted the recipe from Damn Delicious for pesto chicken roll-ups and found them to be to die for!! So good! So cheesy! So creamy!! Simply good home cooked comfort food.
- 8 lasagna noodles
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 2 cups milk
- 1 1/2 cups shredded chicken breast
- 15-ounces ricotta cheese
- 1 cup pesto
- 2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1 jar marinara sauce
- Salt and pepper to taste
The first step it to make a butter cream sauce. According to the recipe I followed this sauce is called béchamel. In a skillet over medium-high heat, melt the butter.
Add flour, whisking to incorporate.
Continue whisking for about 1 minute, to lightly toast.
Slowly add milk and continue whisking while it simmers and reduces. Should be thickened in about 3-4 minutes. Make sure to stir frequently to keep it from burning.
Spread about 1/2 a cup into the bottom of the glass baking dish and set aside.
Next, boil your lasagna noodles in lightly salted water. Cook them until softened, but not mushy. About 1-2 minutes less time than per the instructions on the box.
Meanwhile, prepare the filling for the roll-ups. In a medium sized bowl, add together shredded chicken, ricotta, pesto, and 1 cup of the mozzarella. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Mix together until fully incorporated.
Lay out all the lasagna noodles and add a generous amount of filling down the center of each. I did not measure out the filling, I just added a bit to each noodle until it was all allocated.
Roll each noodle and place into the baking dish lined with béchamel.
Top with a generous drizzle of béchamel. I did not use all the sauce that this recipe made because I did not want it to get too rich.
Next, top with marinara sauce. I used just over 1/2 the bottle on top of my roll-ups.
And finally, top with mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
Bake in the oven at 375 degrees for about 25 minutes, or until warm throughout and browned on top.
YUM! Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving so it is easier to serve, if you can. I was so excited and it smelled so good I could not wait!
To serve, pour some of your remaining marinara sauce on a plate. Remove one roll and place it on the bed of marinara. Now take a deep breath and imagine yourself and a fine Italian restaurant.