Frugal Foodie Mama: Chipotle Pumpkin & Chicken Lasagna {For Two}

Friday, October 17, 2014

Chipotle Pumpkin & Chicken Lasagna {For Two}

A big thank you to Dreamfields Pasta for sponsoring this post and helping me bring you all this delicious recipe for Chipotle Pumpkin & Chicken Lasagna For Two...
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A few times a month my husband and I try to squeeze in a date night.  Sometimes we go out and grab dinner.  And other times we drop the little one off with a relative and come back to our home for a date night-in. 
We may rent a movie and pop open a bottle of wine. I will usually cook a little something for just the two of us. These are my rare opportunities to prepare a meal without having to keep in mind the taste preferences of a finicky toddler and a very picky teenager. ;)  So when they do happen I go all out with flavors that my husband and I love, but that the kiddos would probably turn their nose up at.

This amazingly delicious Chipotle Pumpkin & Chicken Lasagna is just one such example of a more "adult"-like meal.  My husband and I have always been a fan of chipotle peppers in adobo.  They add a smoky, spicy kick to this lasagna.  The creamy pumpkin and ricotta cheese balance out the spiciness of the peppers. And a hint of cinnamon brings a touch of sweetness to the entire dish...

Chipotle Pumpkin and Chicken Lasagna via thefrugalfoodiemama #IHeartDreamfields
Chipotle Pumpkin & Chicken Lasagna

by Frugal Foodie Mama
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes, total
Ingredients (2 servings)
  • 5 sheets of Dreamfields Lasagna Noodles, broken in half
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked chicken, chopped
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 chipotle pepper (from a can of chipotles in adobo sauce), finely chopped with most of the seeds removed
  • 1 tbsp of the adobo sauce from the can
  • 1/2 cup fat free half & half
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup part skim ricotta cheese
  • 1/3 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp of salt
  • 1/3 cup of part skim shredded mozzarella, plus 4 tbsp (2 tbsp for each lasagna) for sprinkling over top
Prepare the lasagna noodles according to the package directions.

While the noodles are cooking, prepare the Chipotle Pumpkin sauce for the lasagna. In a small saucepan, whisk together the pumpkin puree, chipotle pepper, adobo sauce, half & half, & Kosher salt over medium heat. Stir in the chopped chicken. Heat for 3-5 minutes until heated through. Set aside.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
Spray two small crocks with cooking spray, and then place on a baking sheet.

In a small bowl, mix together the ricotta cheese, Greek yogurt, 1/3 cup mozzarella, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.

To layer the individual lasagnas-
Place one cooked half lasagna noodle in each of your crocks. Spread about a 1/3 cup of the pumpkin-chicken mixture over each of the noodles. Lay another half noodle on top. Spread a 1/3 cup of the ricotta-yogurt mixture over the second noodles. Repeat until you have no more noodles (You should have 5 half noodles per individual crock.) Top the last noodles in each crock with the remaining pumpkin-chicken mixture. Sprinkle a little mozzarella cheese on top of each finished lasagna.

Tent a piece of aluminum foil over the crocks on the baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove the foil tent during the last 10 minutes of baking.

Allow the lasagnas to rest for at least 10 minutes before serving.
**This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled to feed a larger crowd.

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Chipotle Pumpkin and Chicken Lasagna via thefrugalfoodiemama #IHeartDreamfields
For this dish, I used Dreamfields Pasta Lasagna noodles and can I say wow? This was my first time using Dreamfields in a recipe, and my husband and I were both pleasantly surprised.  Dreamfields has twice the fiber of traditional pasta, but you would never know it from the taste and texture of it!  Let's be honest- a lot of us have made the switch to more fiber rich pastas, but you can always tell when you are having it. It has a distinct flavor and texture.  Dreamfields does not, and yet it also has the added benefit of being fortified with inulin, a natural prebiotic fiber.  What does inulin do for you? It may help promote better digestive health, make you feel full longer (aka, you are not ready to have a snack fest a couple of hours after dinner), and it can help increase calcium absorption (ahem, like from the ricotta cheese, Greek yogurt, and mozzarella cheese in this recipe). ;)

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