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Re: Cooking Lasagna - Covered or Not? Boiled Noodles or Not?

@Sweetbay magnolia  I used to be a purest too in using regualr noodles to boil/parcook first, create, then bake. But I tried the no-bake noodles and it worked out great - doesn't take that long to heat through/bake the lasagna.

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@trenet wrote:

I pour boiling water over regular dry lasagne noodles and let them sit for 20 minutes to partially soften. (A trick I saw on Barefoot Contessa)  

 

I cover for about 3/4 of the time, then uncover to brown some.  


@trenet

 

Now THAT'S interesting, thanks for sharing!  I am def. going to try that!  Sounds so much easier to me than a giant pot of boiling water!!

 

I have been my whole life:

 

Boil to al dente regular noodles. Bake covered til the end.

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@denisemb wrote:

Years ago, I bought a Fasta Pasta from QVC and use it specifically for lasagna noodles, cooked al dente.  Works great, although I didn't have much luck with long, thin pasta.

 

I also bake mine covered in foil, removing the last 5 minutes or so.


 

@denisemb

 

That's a good idea too! Thanks!

 

I also have the Fasta Pasta....only use it for small pastas, like for soup.

 

Lasagna noodles is a good idea!  I'll try it sometime!

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@Sweetbay magnolia wrote:

I cook mine covered until the end.  I use dry pasta.  It's usually pretty good (in fact, I have one on the oven now, with ground sausage, spinach, the usual sauces but also Ro-tel).  Fresh herbs, the joy of summer!


@Sweetbay magnolia ....  I use fresh homemade dough (no need to boil it first)  and homemade Bolognese Sauce when I make my Lasagna.  I bake it uncovered.

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@Boehm Collecter, that sounds incredible and I'm sure it makes the difference in the dish (the fresh dough and homemade sheets).

 

Have you been doing that for a long time?  What tips could you share for success?  That may be a skill I would like to learn.

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@Sweetbay magnolia wrote:

@Boehm Collecter, that sounds incredible and I'm sure it makes the difference in the dish (the fresh dough and homemade sheets).

 

Have you been doing that for a long time?  What tips could you share for success?  That may be a skill I would like to learn.


Hi @Sweetbay magnolia .....   I was raised by Italian parents.  Everything my Mom cooked was homemade.  So, since that is what I am used to,  I have continued the tradition.   My brother and I make the Bolognese Sauce together.  We make A LOT of it and freeze it.  Making the dough is pretty simple.....  flour, eggs a pinch of salt.  I use a recipe from Williams-Sonoma for Lasagna alla Bolognese. It is a lot of work.... but worth it.  

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I don't boil them anymore, straight out of the box, any brand that is on sale that week.

 

Once it goes into the oven I don't cover it.

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@Boehm Collecter

 

 

do you have a recipe for the bolognese sauce or is it a family secret?

would love to have a great tried and true recipe.

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I cook my lasagna noodles al dente as well and bake it uncovered.  I like for it to be browned really well on top  and the top side pieces of the lasagne get a little crunchy.

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@sunshine45 wrote:

@Boehm Collecter

 

 

do you have a recipe for the bolognese sauce or is it a family secret?

would love to have a great tried and true recipe.


Hi @sunshine45 .. there are many variations for recipes for Bolognese Sauce.  This is the one we use.   But  I make much more than shown below .... I judge the quanitites by sigght.   LOL

 

Onion, Carrot, Celery, 1/4 pound pancetta, one pound ground beef, one pound ground pork, four tablespoons butter; olive oil, four cans Pomi (strained tomatos or tomato Puree) , one cup white wine, salt and pepper, nutmeg, 3/4 cup chicken stock and 3/4 cup heavy cream.  

Finely chop carrot, onion and celery. Add oil and butter to pot and heat. Add chopped veggies. Add all ground meat and diced pancetta and break it up. Cook for 10 minutes. Mix frequently. Add wine and cook for five minutes. Add all of Pomi and simmer for 20 minutes. Stir frequently. Season with nutmeg, salt and pepper. Add stock and simmer for 45 minutes. Stir frequently. Add heavy cream. Continue to simmer for another 25 minutes. Stir frequently.