How to use lasagna noodles?
I've been shopping at Winco and trying to save money by buying in bulk. Last night I bought wheat lasagna noodles from the bins, all it says was Lasagna noodles and the ingredient which was wheat durum semolina (sp?). There were no instructions for preparation. Are these "oven-ready" or will I need to boil them before I make lasagna with them? In the past I've always gotten "oven-ready" If I do have to boil them what's the general rule on that?
yes, for the regular ones you can boil them and then pop them in your dish. i've also used the regualar ones to make lasagna and added more water to the sauce (or used lots of "wet" veggies) and the noodles absorb the extra water as they cook.
I have never seen these oven ready noodles. ???
Just fill a stock pot with water & a bit of oil. Bring to a boil & add noodles. Cook till they are desired tenderness. Drain.
Since your lasagna noodles are going to cook some more in the oven, you don't have to cook to quite the same tenderness as you would noodles you are going to serve straight up.
they sell them with the reg noodles, at least here in NY. they look the same, except they say something like no boil or oven ready. they even carry a store brand of them. i used them at camp last summer, they were okay but not something i would buy.
i personally enjoy the challenge of making a lasagnua with hot, floppy noodles ;D
If your not ready to use the noodles immediatly after cooking them, put them into a large bowl of cold water. I find if I leave them in the pot they stick together in one big clump :P
I have never ever precooked lasagna noodles, oven ready or not. I simply layer them on making sure to cover them generously with sauce and bake for at least an hour. Always turns out just fine for me.
Good luck with it!
i have used no boil noodles for the first time ever at my future MIL's kitchen...it was all she had but i can say i like the regular kind better. i had to dunk them in boiling water first because they were cracking when i was trying to spread my tofu out on them....they were also not quite as good in texture i found them to have a slightly gluey taste. i prefer to just cook the regular ones for a few min prior to putting them in the baking dish. HTH!