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Several years ago a newlywed Prince William asked Giada de Laurentiis how to make better lasagna, because he said he kept trying to make it for wife Kate Middleton, but his lasagna never turned out correctly. Giada said her advice was to make sure to let the lasagna sit for a few minutes after removing it from the oven, because that lets the lasagna reabsorb any liquid that might have collected in the pan, and it makes sure the lasagna leaves the dish in its characteristic stacked-pasta-layer-cake form. "It has got to set," she told him. "Otherwise it'll just be a pool of mess."
That's good advice for making a great, classic lasagna. But if you don't feel like taking the time to layer noodles in a pan and stand around watching a pasta dish set for 10 minutes when you want to eat it now, that soupy pool of un-structured lasagna actually makes a pretty great dish in its own right. All you have to do is serve it with a ladle and call it "lasagna soup," and it's pure comfort food.
This recipe for white chicken lasagna soup is basically a classic white chicken lasagna, but it's much easier to prepare, because it all goes together in one pot, and all you have to do is stir.
It starts with sautéed chicken, then a mixture of sautéed onion, garlic, carrots, and bell peppers. Once those are soft, add a bit of flour and chicken broth to make a lovely soup base with white beans and seasonings. Then you can just add broken lasagna noodles right to the pot.
It already sounds delicious, but clearly we can make it creamier. So from there you add cream, Parmesan cheese, and spinach. It ends with mozzarella and ricotta cheese, so it has all the rich, cheesy goodness of lasagna, but it gets all that cream, cheese, and chicken onto the plate in much less time.
Get the Recipe: One Pot White Chicken Lasagna Soup from Carlsbad Cravings