November 26, 2012
Chicken Alfredo Roll Ups
My friend, Claire recently made this dinner and said it was delicious. Well, Claire has an excellent track record with recommending recipes, so I was totally on board. She included the caveat that the homemade sauce recipe had to be made, since it was freakin' fantastic. Of course, I trust Claire--especially when food is involved--so I made both the roll ups and the accompanying sauce. Let me tell you, the sauce was drinkable. Seriously, sooooo fantastic! Really, make the sauce. It would be a crime to skip it for a store-bought version. (Yes, it is THAT good!) The Alfredo rolls were also quite awesome, but the sauce really took it to the next level of yum.
Chicken Alfredo Roll Ups
Adapted from: The Recipe Critic blog
9-12 lasagna noodles (I used whole wheat)
2 ½ cups Alfredo sauce (RECOMMENDED: homemade recipe below)
2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
3 cups shredded Mozzarella, or cheese of your choice
Spray an 8x8 pan with non-stick spray and pour ½ cup alfredo sauce, or just enough to cover the bottom of the pan. Boil 8-10 cups water in a large pan, cook lasagne noodles until al dente. (I usually cook 1 or 2 extra just because lasagna noodles always seem to break on me when I am stirring them.)
Now this is the important part! Drain and rinse the noodles with cold water to prevent them from sticking to each other. Then, lay out each noodle individually and blot dry with a paper towel.
Spread about 2 Tbs. Alfredo sauce over each noodle. (if there is too much sauce you will have a big mess on your hands!) Sprinkle oregano and garlic salt on top of sauce. Take 1/9 of the shredded chicken and spread it out evenly over each noodle. Add approx. 3 Tbs. cheese. To roll up, start at one end and roll the noodle over the toppings. You will need to lift the noodle a little to prevent squishing out the inside ingredients while rolling.
Place the roll-ups in the pan, one by one, seam-side down so they don't come undone. Once they are all in the pan, pour the remaining Alfredo sauce over the top. Top with remaining cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes, or until the cheese is completely melted on top.
Serves 3, 3 roll-ups each
The Best Garlic Alfredo Sauce
½ cup butter
2 ounces cream cheese
2 cups heavy cream (or substitute half and half)
2 teaspoon garlic powder
½ tsp. fresh minced garlic
salt and freshly ground black pepper
½ tsp dried oregano
⅔ cup Parmesan cheese
In a medium to large saucepan melt the butter over medium heat. Add fresh minced garlic and cook for 1 minute, or until fragrant. Add the cream cheese and whisk to smooth and melted. Whisk in the heavy cream.
Season with the garlic powder, salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer and whisk frequently until sauce thickens, around 15 minutes. Stir in the cheese and when melted, remove from heat and serve.
Makes 2 1/2 cups