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Sep 28, 2010 10:16 AM

No-boil lasagna noodles

Do these really work? I want to make a vegetarian lasagna for a crowd and wondered if these work as well as the noodles that you must boil first. Seems like this would be a wonderfully quick way to make lasagna.

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  1. Yep, they work, pretty well at that. I use them all the time for Veggie lasagna.

    1. they work great, plus they are very thin, which I prefer to thicker noodles.

      1. They work well, just compensate by using more sauce than you normally would for parboiled noodles, as the dry noodles have to soak up the extra liquid.

        1. They are superior to boiled noodles. I love the Barilla brand, which are very thin and contain egg, so they have more flavor. I am single, so I prefer dividing lasagna into smaller rectangular baking pans in order to freeze the baked containers. When I do it that way, I soak the noodles in warm water for a little while, until I can slice them in half, which makes them fit perfectly into my square single-serving pans.

          The package directions will show you how much additional liquid you will need. Just make sure no noodle edges are exposed, as they will dry out. It is usually best to cover the baking dish with foil initially, removing it at the last stage of cooking so the top browns.

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          1. re: greygarious

            I learned the soaking tip from Cooks Illustrated and find it makes a big difference. I like the Barilla no boil brand the best for this.

          2. I buy regular (not no-boil) noodles and don't boil them. I have been making lasagna for about 25 years this way. I do soak them in hot water for a few minutes though and make sure they are surrounded by lots of sauce.

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            1. re: sparkareno

              I also use regular noodles and don't boil, but I don't soak them before putting together the lasagna. I add extra sauce and I put together the lasagna the night before. When I'm ready to bake it, I'll add more sauce or a splash of water if the lasagna looks too dry.

              1. re: cheesecake17

                I use regular noodles, don't soak and don't let sit either. I do make a loose sauce so maybe that is to my advantage but I just make a lasagna and bake. Works great every time. The noodles are cooked perfectly. The whole dish holds together well also.