After years of being forced to go to my sister in law's apartment every Christmas Eve and having to eat her tired, dried out lasagna; I tried to make lasagna on my own. I made the boiled noodle version once and that was enough. I experimented a few times with no boil recipes, using various brands of lasagna noodles, never with any tasty success. I pretty much gave up making lasagna at all, and if I had a craving I got the Stouffer's frozen version.
This year I discovered this recipe and decided to try it for Christmas Eve dinner. First of all, the Barilla lasagna noodles make a HUGE difference (the box says "rolled flat like homemade"). They have a completely different consistency than any other brand I've used. They come in a small box, not what I was used to, so I bought two. But one little box does make a whole lasagna. This recipe is right on the box. I read all the reviews and per some suggestions, used some extra sauce. I was going to use one of the other suggestions to use extra ricotta, but I ended up using cream cheese instead. When I make this again, I think I'd use extra ricotta. I didn't use meat since we we're having a big prime rib for Christmas, but I did put in some fresh mushrooms. I put some Penzey pizza spices in the cheese mixture. My cooking time was a bit longer, but my oven is old and crappy. Definitely wait until the lasagna is "bubbly".
The recipe was a huge hit with my husband. If this is supposed to serve 12 - he ate 3-4 portions. He said I should make it all the time! He has never asked me to make lasagna again before! All in all this is a great recipe!
This is the way I always make my lasagna (and I use any lasagna noodle :) When I was looking to show my daughter how to make her first lasagna so I found this one for her. She was able to put it together with no problem and got rave reviews. Thanks for posting it (since I'm a bit of a handful cook and it's nice to teach with a recipe!)
I modified this recipe a bit. I love veggies and meat so I used 1/2 green bell (only because I didn't have red), and chopped up some mushrooms, and used a different brand of sauce that I had on hand (fire-roasted garlic and red pepper) and I used only 1 tub of ricotta cheese, 8oz of Jimmy dean Italian sausage, 8oz lean ground beef, and some cream cheese (could sub. for strained cottage cheese). I had to open a jar a of Ragu, I could have used 2 tubs or mix Ricotta and cottage cheese (my preference) and we even could have even used all of the meat on a deep dish pan...but It turned out amazing...a fast version of my mom's homemade taste!
Ok, try these few changes and see what you think. Use Johnsonville hot sausage instead of ground beef it will give it a whole different flavor. Use 1/4 cup of grated cheese and omit the motzerella it will cut down on the salt. When you mix up your ragotta add some dry chives & ground black pepper.
I use to use another brand of no boil pasta, however when my store stop carrying it that is when I found the Barilla brand.
One less pot to clean - that's a great reason to try this recipe. Turned out great. Instructions were easy to follow. Thanks for posting.
This is the ONLY way I make lasagna. I use my own recipe for spaghetti sauce, which includes ground beef, spicy sausage, onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, celery, and of course, Italian stewed tomatoes. But I do everything else like the package says. Sometimes, for a twist, I add a box of frozen spinach (thawed and drained) to the ricotta, or sliced olives in each layer. My lasagna is always a hit and sooo easy to make. People never believe that they're no-boil noodles.
Made for first time using no-boil recipe on package. It looked like the easiest for an emergency need for potluck dish for my church supper; so I rushed to the store to buy noodles and looked for box with easiest recipe. This one was not only easy, it was delicious and a big hit.
I love, love, love these no boil sheets. They bake perfectly and don't turn out chewy or soggy. I havent tried ur recipe, but its nice to find someone who uses these and likes them ! : )
What a great fast recipe this was...the only thing I changed is added a little hot itailian sausage...fabulous lasagna recipe..
This was MUCH easier than the "old" way I made lasagna, and just as tasty! It is very easy to make multiple pans at the same time, to freeze or give to someone else.