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Mar 24, 2008 07:33 AM

Using fresh pasta in a Lasagna

Hello hope someone can help me!!!

Just a quick one does anyone know if i need to cook the fresh pasta before layering it to the lasagna.

Thanks for any help received.


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  1. I've never made lasagna with store-bought fresh noodles, but when I make my own noodles I follow Hazan's instructions to boil them briefly, rinse individually under cold running water, and spread them on a towel to dry.

    1. No. the reason you cook the dry noodles is to make them pliable. Your fresh noodles are pliable, and ready to layer with whatever other ingredients you're using in your lasagna.

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      1. re: ChefJune

        My homemade noodles are certainly pliable, so I don't think that's the reason Hazan instructs they be boiled for a short time before using. She's clearly cooking them, not just softening them. Bugialli also has you cook homemade noodles before layering. I realize no-cook noodles aren't cooked first, but I don't recall ever having seen a recipe for homemade noodles (which I assume fresh noodles most closely resemble, no?) that don't call for cooking them first.

      2. No need to cook the fresh noodles before layering into your lasagne. I always make my lasagne sheets fresh and put them straight into the lasagne. Then bake for about 45 mins. Cooks perfectly.

        1. This is the only way the ladies in my family make lasagna and yes, you must cook them for only a few minutes. We lay them in a large collander or on a clean tablecloth to drain the water. If you don't, they will have a gummy texture.
          When we make spinach lasagna sheets, we cook as well.

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          1. re: itryalot

            The last time I made fresh pasta for lasagne I didn't cook the noodles and the texture was a little gummy. I thought it might have been because I froze the lasagne rather than baking it immediately, and then baked it several weeks later (I'm sure that didn't help), but next time I will try a brief parboil just in case.

          2. I don't cook my fresh pasta noodles and it has always turned out tender and not gummy. If you don't cook it, I would probably make the sauce a bit runnier than if you would have cooked the pasta.