Do you avoid making lasagna because you don’t like to boil lasagna noodles? Boiling lasagna noodles is a hassle – you have to wait for the water to boil, handle the pot of hot water so you can drain it, and the worst part is if lasagna noodles stick to the bottom of the pot and get torn! Yes, you can stir the lasagna noodles in the pot of boiling water to prevent them from sticking to the bottom, but who like to hover over a boiling pot of water watching those lasagna noodles :)
I used to really dislike boiling lasagna noodles until I discover a way to make no-boil lasagna. You can make no-boil lasagna with any kind of lasagna noodles. Some lasagna noodles are labeled “no-boil lasagna noodles”, but I make no-boil lasagna even with regular lasagna noodles that are not labeled “no-boil”.
Making no-boil lasagna is easy. Here are 2 things you need to do to make no-boil lasagna:
1) Soak lasagna noodles in the hot water
2) Add extra water to your tomato sauce
Soaking lasagna noodles is super easy. Just put them in a baking dish and fill the dish with hot tap water. That’s it! Leave it on the counter for 15 minutes, while you prepare other stuff for lasagna. Then take the noodles out of the hot water, and assemble your lasagna as usual.
Here’s the picture of lasagna noodles soaking in hot water in a glass baking dish:
Now, see how soft are the lasagna noodles after soaking:
When you assemble your lasagna, add water to your tomato sauce at the ratio of 1 part water to 2 parts of tomato sauce. For example, if you are using 1 jar of tomato sauce, mix this tomato sauce with 1/2 jar of water.
With this no-boil lasagna method, lasagna noodles already get soft from soaking, and then finish cooking in the oven with the lasagna.
Who needs the hassle of boiling noodles for lasagna when you can make no-boil lasagna! No-boil lasagna is the only kind of lasagna I make these days, and there is absolutely no difference in taste between no-boil lasagna and conventionally cooked lasagna.
Enjoy your no-boil lasagna, and please check out my easy meat lasagna recipe!