This browned lasagna is hearty and cheesy. A very satisfying dish, combining all the traditional Italian lasagna ingredients and layers: classic mouthwatering meat sauce, creamy ricotta (you can also use mozzarella, parmesan or even mixture of cheese except ricotta), and the best part is no boil noodles. If you ask me how to make lasagna with no boil noodles, I will tell you – bake them!
This baked lasagna recipe with no boil noodles is already a labour of love. There is meat sauce made with ground beef to cook, cheese to grate and shred, and then there’s pasta to boil, with the noodles slipping, then sticking, tearing and you wanting to give up on the whole thing and pitching it out the window. That is when the no boil noodles come to the rescue.
What are no boil lasagna noodles? They’re thinner than regular lasagna noodles, precooked and then dried, so they can soften during baking with just the moisture from the meatsauce.
And here is the answer on how to use no boil lasagna noodles and how to cook them. Put the dried lasagna noodles in the casserole and voila! They cook while the casserole cooks. How convenient.
Just make sure they have adequate moisture. Make your sauce a little thinner and watery so noodles have juices to soak in. You can also soak pasta in hot water for 5 minutes before assembling the lasagna.
Regular lasagna noodles also tend to be thicker than no-boil noodles. Some cooks prefer this texture of noodles because they hold up better to robust, chunky sauces and fillings. I prefer the more delicate texture of the no-boil noodles and think it is closer to the texture of the fresh pasta.
The meat sauce is pretty basic, ground beef (can be substituted for ground turkey), aromatic bell peppers, onions, garlic, parsley (to get this perfect flavor) and store bought jarred marinara sauce. Just make sure to use high quality beef like organic or grass-fed for a more complex and palette pleasing flavor. Once the sauce is done, you can start layering this amazing food and combine the elements of it so layer with ricotta filling and no boil noodles and lasagna is ready to be baked, or put in the fridge to be cooked later, or frozen.
How long to cook lasagna with no boil noodles? Just under an hour you can have this irresistible, delicious cooked dish in favorite cheese sauce that everyone will love, served on you table. This dish is big enough to feed the crowd and that means lots of yummy leftovers and no lunches to worry about in the next couple of days. This lasagna tastes even better the next day!