Creamy Chicken Pesto Lasagna Rolls

A tasty alternative to your typical lasagna rolls, these Creamy Chicken Pesto Lasagna Rolls are filled with ground chicken, fresh spinach, and a creamy white basil pesto sauce.

Chicken Pesto Lasagna Rolls

Lasagna has been floating through history causing plenty of foodies to break into a happy dance and the same holds true with this recipe.

I will just have to be completely honest in the most humble way, this dish is awesome! Italian cuisine has always been at the top of my list of favorite foods because of the robust and rich flavors you typically get from the seasonings and sauces.

Chicken Pesto Lasagna Rolls

Did you know? Lasagna originated back in the 14th century from a book of cookery called Liber de Coquina. This pasta was even boiled in chicken fat so I’m sure the idea caught on fast back then!

Chicken Pesto Lasagna Rolls

Tips when making your lasagna rolls:

  • After you pasta is cooked, you’ll want to allow it time to cool. A cooled pasta is much easier to roll and you won’t burn yourself in the process.
  • The crème fraiche in this recipe replaces the ricotta cheese that is typically used, and the sweetness from that adds a new dimension to the recipe. However, if you cannot get a hold of cream Fraiche, you can substitute ricotta and it will work just fine.
  • For the basil pesto, I either make my own from scratch (or use some basil pesto I have on hand). Basil pesto can also be purchased from your local grocer so if you don’t want to make your own, or are running short on time, that’s always an option.

How to make your own basil pesto:

For the basil pesto, you’ll need 2 cup Basil Leaves, ½ cup Organic Pine Nuts, 3 Garlic Cloves
½ cup Olive Oil, ¼ cup Grated Parmesan Cheese, ½ tsp Garlic Powder, ½ tsp Black Pepper, ¼ tsp Ground Thyme, and ¼ tsp Himalayan Salt.

Add basil leaves, pine nuts, garlic, and olive oil into a food processor and blend until smooth. Pour into a small bowl and add the remaining ingredients. Mix well.

Chicken Pesto Lasagna Rolls

If you love Italian as much as I do then my Creamy Chicken Pesto Lasagna Rolls will surely not disappoint. This recipe can be a great go-to when cooking for family and friends (or a large group of people).

Here are a few more pasta recipes you might enjoy:

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Chicken Pesto Lasagna Rolls

Creamy Chicken Pesto Lasagna Rolls


  • Author: Eric Jones
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x

Description

These Creamy Chicken Pesto Lasagna Rolls are filled with ground chicken, fresh spinach and a creamy white basil pesto sauce that will make you forget all about the traditional preparation.


Ingredients

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  • 3 tbsp. Butter
  • 5 oz. Fresh Spinach Leafs
  • 2 tsp. Minced Garlic
  • 1 tsp. Fresh Thyme, chopped
  • 1 tsp. Fresh Rosemary, chopped
  • 1 lb. Lean Ground Chicken
  • 2 tsp. Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tsp. Paprika
  • 8 Lasagna Pasta Strips
  • 2 tsp. All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/2 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 8 oz. Crème Fraiche
  • 1 cup Asiago Shredded Cheese
  • 2 cup Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Black Pepper
  • 1/2 cup Basil Pesto*
  • 1 tbsp. Parsley Flakes, optional

Instructions

  1. Heat cooking pan to medium heat and add 1 tbsp. of butter. Add fresh spinach and minced garlic and cook for 2-3 until spinach is wilted. Drain any excess liquid and set it to the side.
  2. In the same cooking pan (still on medium heat), add a drizzle of olive oil, chopped rosemary, and thyme. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Add ground chicken, Italian seasoning, and paprika. Cook for 5 minutes or until cooked, drain and set to the side.
  3. In a large cooking pot, add water and bring to a boil. Cook lasagna pasta strips as instructed. Remove from water once done and lay each pasta strip on a flat surface to cool off.
  4. In a cooking pan, heat to medium-low heat and add 2 tbsp. of butter. Once butter is melted, add all-purpose flour, and stir until it begins to bind. Add heavy whipping cream and garlic powder then cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Once the sauce is complete, remove it from heat and fold in 1/2 of the cooked ground chicken. Stir and set to the side.
  6. In a large bowl, add crème fraiche, cooked spinach, the remaining 1/2 of ground chicken, Asiago cheese, 1 cup mozzarella cheese, sea salt, and black pepper. Stir.
  7. Add 1/4 cup of basil pesto to the chicken and sauce mixture and add another 1/4 cup of the basil pesto to the crème Fraiche mixture. Stir.
  8. Add a large spoon of the crème Fraiche mixture onto each of the pasta strips and spread evenly. Begin to roll each strip to create each lasagna roll. Do not roll too tight.
  9. Add a large spoon full of the chicken sauce to the bottom of a baking pan and spread evenly. Place each rolled lasagna roll into the baking sheet. Top off with the remaining chicken sauce mixture. Add 1 cup of mozzarella to the top of the dish and fresh parsley (optional).
  10. Bake at 400 degrees and for 15 minutes. Allow to cool then serve.

Notes

You can make your basil pesto from scratch as well. Please refer to the section in the post for those details.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Italian

Nutrition

  • Calories: 480
  • Fat: 20.9g

Keywords: Chicken Pesto Lasagna Rolls, Chicken Lasagna Rolls, Lasagna Rolls

Join the Conversation

  1. I loved this. I have used a similar recipe although your’s is the best and will be the go too now. I couldn’t find the creme fraiche so had to use ricotta but even still it turned out amazing. I also use my moms homemade pesto so it turned out amazing. Thank you!

    1. Eric Jones Author says:

      Thanks, Emily! So glad you enjoyed it. And I can only imagine how good this was with your mom’s pesto!

  2. I prefer a white sauce over a red sauce and chicken over beef, so I love this recipe!! I used to make something similar in college and had forgotten about it. Thanks for sharing this recipe, I can’t wait to try it!

    1. Eric Author says:

      Good deal Pam! When you give it a try please let me know what you think! Enjoy!

  3. Love lasagna rolls!!! These look amazing!

    1. Eric Author says:

      Thanks a lot Tisha! This is a good go to.

  4. These Lasagna Rolls look so delicious! I love pesto flavor, so I could only imagine how great this is!

    1. Eric Author says:

      Yes Shanika the pesto adds a new dimension of flavors to this one. Thanks a lot!

  5. WOW this is so so delicious! I am literally drooling over here!! This creamy chicken pesto lasagna is what my dreams are made of!

    1. Eric Author says:

      Camila this is one of my favorites lol. Thanks a lot!

    2. This recipe looks amazing! Can I substitute italian sausage for the chicken and add mushrooms?

      1. Eric Jones Author says:

        Absolutely, Mack! Any meat or additional vegetables will work perfectly with this recipe.

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