- 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, chopped
- 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 4-6 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/3 cup flour
- 9-11 cups low sodium chicken broth, divided
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 15 oz can canneli beans, rinsed and rained
- 1 tablespoon chicken bouillon
- 1 tsp EACH dried parsley, dried basil
- 1/2 tsp EACH dried oregano, dried thyme, salt, pepper
- 2 bay leaves
- dash- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
- 10 uncooked lasagna noodles broken into approx. 1-2 inch pieces*
- 2-3 cups half and half (may sub fat free evaporated milk)
- 1/2 cup heavy cream (optional)
- 10 oz chopped frozen baby spinach, thawed
- 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- shredded mozzarella cheese
- freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- ricotta cheese
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large Dutch oven/soup pot over medium high heat. Add chicken and cook until almost cooked through. Remove to a plate.
Melt butter with 2 tablespoons olive oil in the now empty pot and heat over medium high heat. Add onions and carrots and cook, while stirring, for 3 minutes. Add bell pepper and garlic and cook for 1 minute. Sprinkle in flour then cook, stirring constantly for 3 minutes (it will be thick).
Turn heat to low and gradually stir in 8 cups chicken broth. Whisk 3 tablespoons cornstarch with 1 cup additional chicken broth and add to soup. Stir in chicken, beans, chicken bouillon and all remaining herbs and spices. Stir in lasagna noodles.
Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer until lasagna noodles are tender, stirring occasionally so noodles don’t stick to bottom (approximately 20-30 minutes).
Turn heat to low, discard bay leaf and stir in half and half, optional heavy cream and spinach and warm through. Stir in 1 cup Parmesan cheese until melted. Stir in additional half and half or broth if desired for a less “chunky” soup. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste. Garnish individual servings with desired amount of cheeses.
Found this recipe on my Pinterest Board. Absolutely divine! You can find the recipe here:
NOTES: I do not add the canneli beans (allergies) and it is wonderful without them. I use shredded carrots. The ricotta cheese is a fabulous garnishment – don’t leave it out! This does take a bit of time to prepare, but it is worth it! I put mine in the crockpot after cooking today so it would be ready to serve.