8frozen artichoke heartsabout ½ cup, thawed, patted dry and coarsely chopped
1large boneless skinless chicken breast halfabout 1 cup, cooked and diced
4ouncescream cheese with chives and onions½ of an 8-ounce container, room temperature
¾cupshredded Mozzarella cheesedivided
Salt and freshly ground black pepperto taste
2cupsmilkwhole or 2%
½cupfreshly grated Parmesan cheesedivided
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray an 11 x 7-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
Fill a shallow pan with hot tap water. Soak the lasagna noodles until pliable while preparing the filling. When pliable, drain and pat dry with paper towels.
Place spinach in a microwave-safe container and add 1-2 tablespoons water. Microwave on high for 1 to 1 ½ minutes or until wilted. Drain, cool, squeeze out any excess water and coarsely chop.
Combine spinach, artichoke hearts, chicken, cream cheese, garlic, ¼ cup Mozzarella cheese and salt and pepper to taste in a bowl. Set aside.
Heat butter over medium-high heat. Add flour and cook 2 minutes, whisking constantly.
Slowly add milk, whisking constantly. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer until thickened. Stir in salt and pepper, ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese and a pinch of nutmeg. Pour ½ cup of the sauce on the bottom of the prepared baking dish.
Place even amounts of the chicken filling on one of the short sides of the lasagna noodles. Roll up and arrange in a row on the bechamel sauce.
Pour remaining sauce over the cannelloni. Sprinkle remaining Mozzarella and Parmesan over the top.
Cover loosely with aluminum foil. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake another 20 to 25 minutes or until top is lightly browned and sauce is bubbling.
MAKE AHEAD: Can be assembled to the point of baking 1-2 days ahead of time. Refrigerate until ready to bake. Let sit out at room temperature while the oven preheats. You may need to add additional baking time.FREEZER-FRIENDLY: Assemble, wrap securely and freeze 1-2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator then bake as directed, adding additional baking time as needed.
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