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Chicken Lasagna

from the kitchens of Mari Locascio and 'Aunt Patty' Ulrich

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon basil, or more to taste
3 cups chicken broth (homemade or canned)
2 1/2 cups chicken, cooked and chopped 
1 pint cottage or ricotta cheese 
1 egg, slightly beaten
8 ounces lasagna noodles, prepared
4 ounces mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1 10 ounce bag of frozen broccoli florets, thawed and drained well

Prepare lasagna noodles according to package directions

Melt butter in a saucepan, whisk in flour, salt and basil.
Stir until sauce thickens and add chicken broth.
Continue to stir until smooth and sauce thickens.
Remove sauce from heat and stir in cooked chopped chicken. 

In medium size bowl, combine cottage or ricotta cheese with egg. Stir well.

Spray a 9x13" baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and then begin building layers of lasagna into your baking dish.

1) Spread 1/3 of chicken sauce over bottom of greased baking dish.
2) Place 1/3 of lasagna noodles over chicken sauce.
3) Spread 1/3 of cottage cheese and egg mixture over lasagna noodles.
4) Place 1/3 of thawed and drained broccoli florets over cottage cheese mixture.
5) Place 1/3 of mozzarella slices over broccoli florets.
6) Repeat layers and end with last bit of chicken sauce mixture for top of lasagna.
7) Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and bake at 375 degrees for approximately 45 minutes.

*Terri's notes:
~A hearty, crowd pleasing, comfort dish! Complete by adding a tossed salad and a great crusted artesian bread...Mama Mia!

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