It seems I remember a discussion that you didn't need to precook noodles - add more broth in the sauce.
How about just soaking them the way we do with rice noodles? What are your thoughts?
Ina Garten recommends soaking lasagna noodles, rather than cooking them in boiling water, for her lasagna. She soaks the noodles in hot tap water for 20 minutes. Here's the recipe:
I haven't tried her method. But the success or not may be addressed by people who wrote reviews.
I have tried a couple of recipes that called for putting uncooked noodles in the lasagna, and the addition of water to the sauce. Those recipes did not turn out well for me. I felt the lasagna noodles never got to the right consistency. But other people may have had different results.
I never precook the noodles, but I do make the lasagna a day or so ahead, so the moisture has time to soak into the noodles. It definitely works for me!
I don't precook the noodles and I don't use special pasta, but the recipe I use was written for not cooking them. I have baked it right away, let it sit a bit and frozen it before baking and it has come out well all three ways. I think the key is the right amount of moisture in the sauce so that the pasta cooks but the finished dish isn't runny, so I've stayed fairly true to a recipe that was given to me for a school dinner/fundraiser where they wanted everyone to bring the same dish -- about 18 years ago.
My recipe calls for pre-cooking the noodles. I have baked it right away, but the flavors are better if it sits overnight. The noodles have been fine, either way.
Thanks all. I have soaked the noodles and will be letting casserole sit overnight
I should have followed the 20 min. direction. I just left noodles all day and the resutl was tacky and tasteless. I have the casserole in fridge without covering it to dry out a little.
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