No-boil lasagne noodles promise convenience, but how well do they work? Very well, say hounds. There are a couple of tricks that will ensure tender noodles in the finished dish. Soaking the noodles in hot water for a few minutes, until they’re slightly pliable, before assembling the lasagne is less trouble than cooking traditional noodles and makes a big difference, thinks chowser. When you layer the dish, “just make sure no noodle edges are exposed, as they will dry out,” says greygarious. “It is usually best to cover the baking dish with foil initially, removing it at the last stage of cooking so the top browns,” she adds. Some add a bit of extra sauce, and others don’t find it necessary to do so.

Many hounds are fans of Barilla Oven Ready no-boil lasagne noodles and prefer them to regular dried noodles. “They’re tender and more like fresh pasta than the thick dried ones are,” says mcf.

cheesecake17 uses traditional lasagne noodles but doesn’t boil them first. “I add extra sauce and I put together the lasagne the night before,” she says. “When I’m ready to bake it, I’ll add more sauce or a splash of water if the lasagne looks too dry.”

CHOW’s Lasagne alla Bolognese is made with no-boil noodles.

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