pasta from scratch in lasagna?
- mudaba Nov 13, 2007 09:21 AM
I learned to make pasta from scratch yesterday (while shooting a video for CHOW that will appear there in the next few weeks), and I was wondering about using my newly made pasta for lasagna. Do I need to boil the pasta quickly and then bake it with the other ingredients for lasagna or can I just put the fresh noodles in the lasagna and bake from there?
I love making pasta from scratch. It's not hard, and so good.
I always boil mine first for a couple of minutes. Then I cool the seperated sheets before I assemble the Lasagna. Easier to make that way.I also make the sheets a little thicker (#4 setting on the machine roller) than the normal capellini thickness.
I did this recently. We rolled the pasta to a 6, then put it in without boiling it first. I froze it, then baked it later. The pasta came out perfectly.
I think the texture is different when you boil it vs. when you don't. But if you want to try not boiling it, I'd roll it a little thinner and add more liquid to your sauce.
I dont precook the noodles when using fresh noodles for lasagna. If your recipe uses tomato sauce and ricotta give it a whirl.