Chicken Sausage with Spinach & Artichoke Lasagna

8 servings
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 7 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 (10 oz.) boxes or bags frozen chopped organic spinach, defrosted and wrung dry
  • 3 cups grated Parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for coating baking dish
  • 1 1/2 lbs. chicken sausage
  • 2 (14-ounce) cans quartered artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 1 pound oven-ready Lasagna sheets
  • 1 tablespoon butter, cut into 8 pieces
  • Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic to the pan and saute until soft and translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the flour and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, to make a light roux, about 2 minutes. Whisking constantly, slowly add the milk and continue to cook, stirring occasionally until thickened, 5 minutes. Add the salt, pepper, nutmeg, spinach and 1 1/2 cups of the Parmesan and cook, stirring, until thickened, about 2 minutes.

  • Remove from the heat. Place a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the creamy sauce until ready to assemble the lasagna.

  • Set a large, 12-inch saute pan over medium heat and add the olive oil. Brown the sausage until golden brown and cooked through, about 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in artichokes. Transfer to a plate to cool and set aside.

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

  • Coat a 9-by-13 inch baking dish with olive oil, and spread about 1/2 cup of the bechamel sauce on the bottom of the dish. Lay 3 sheets of pasta across the bottom of the dish and spread 3/4 cup of the bechamel sauce over the pasta. Sprinkle 1/4 of the chicken and artichoke mixture over the bechamel sauce, then sprinkle with 1/4 cup of the remaining Parmesan. Lay another 3 sheets of pasta over the chicken and artichokes. Repeat 2 additional times with the remaining bechamel sauce, chicken and artichokes, Parmesan, and pasta, ending with a layer of pasta covered with bechamel sauce. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of Parmesan over the bechamel sauce and scatter the butter pieces over the top. Place the casserole on a lined baking sheet and bake, uncovered, until bubbly and beginning to brown, about 45 minutes.

  • Remove from the oven and cool for at least 20 minutes before serving.

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