I was watching a cooking show a while back and they mentioned an easy way to make lasagna was by using the "no-cook" noodles. That way you don't have to bother boiling the noodles and then potentially tearing the noodles when you are layering the lasagna. That truly is a great tip--a real time saver.
But you know what? You don't have to do that.
You can use plain ol' lasagna noodles. And you don't have to boil them either. Now, you do have to plan ahead and let it sit. All you simply have to do is layer your dish with your uncooked noodles, tomato/meat mixture, and cheese mixture as you normally would then put the pan in the refrigerator until you are ready to cook it. Allowing it to sit overnight is best, but I made lasagna just last week around lunchtime and we ate dinner between 5 and 6 pm. I cooked the lasagna for about 45 minutes in a 350 degree oven and it was cooked perfectly. No undercooked noodles.
I have to admit when I do this, I always worry there won't be enough moisture, so after I layer the lasagna, I usually add about another 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water, just to be on the safe side. And it turns out wonderful every time.
In addition, purchasing your standard lasagna noodles is about a 60% savings over the "no cook" variety! (At least where I normally shop.) How awesome is that?
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