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No cook noodle lasagna-How to?

Hokie Fan

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I've decided to cook lasagna for my family one day next week. It'll be appx. 12 people. I've heard about making lasagna without cooking the noodles first. That would be so much easier! My only problem is I LOVE my MIL's lasagna recipe. Can I use her recipe but just not cook the noodles and bake it longer? How does this work if I want to prepare the meal Tuesday but cook it Wednesday?


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There are....

...noodles that don't have to be cooked first. I ususally use those because it saves so much time and cleanup. Since my family is small I usually make two small pans out of one recipe and freeze a pan for later. I've never had a problem doing it with no cook noodles. I think I'd add a little extra sauce if I was using regular noodles just because they ar ethicker than the no cook by a bit.


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I buy the Barilla no cook lasagna noodles and cook it the same way I would when using the pre-cooked noodles...Yummy every time!

Empty Nester

Senior Member
No-cook Lasagna Noodles

I've been making lasagna without boiling the regular noodles for years. Basically, it's the same filling as you would normally use and the same oven temperature and timing ( at least an hour). The trick is to make sure that your sauce is hot then cover the bottom of your pan (I generally use a 3 quart Pyrex) with it. Next, layer the noodles, being sure to fill in the spaces. After that, a layer of cheese mixture, followed by ground beef that has been browned or sauteed vegetables, then another ample layer of hot tomato sauce. Keep repeating the layering of noodles, filling and sauce (usually, I have three layers of each with the final layer completely covered with sauce). Sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese and grated Parmesan over the top. The most important part is to be sure that none of the noodles is left uncoated by sauce. Finally, triple layer aluminum foil over the pan and seal tightly. This step, combined with the hot sauce, allows steaming to take place which will soften the noodles in the same way as boiling does. Don't forget to let the lasagna rest for 15-20 minutes after cooking before you cut into it, otherwise it won't set up properly. Enjoy!!


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^^ agreed

I've never cooked lasagna noodles - and you can use any noodles. Just be sure the noodles are covered with sauce, be sure the pan is well sealed (I use heavy duty aluminum foil and make sure it's sealed) and cook for an hour.

The sealing and sauce basically steam the noodles. The only time I've ever had a crunch was a corner of a noodle that wasn't covered in sauce.