By Monica in PA on January 08, 2004
Photo by Pam-I-Am
Photo by Pam-I-Am
"This is the best lasagna ever!! The noodles are so nice and thin and there is NO PREBOILING!! I will never purchase any other lasagna other than Barilla. I've been making this now for 3 years and everyone agrees--the recipe makes the very best! The instructions are right on the back of the lasagna box. I usually make multiple batches and freeze them. Its a great housewarming or "new baby" meal for a friend!"
Serving Size: 1 (160 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 12
"I'm not going to rate this since I didn't try your recipe but wanted to pass on a hint to those who use the no boil noodles. The noodle are a great invention but I suggest using more sauce than you usually would in your traditional recipies and consider cooking your lasagna covered for at least half of your cooking time. The extra moisture will reduce the chewiness that can result by using the no boil noodles. Definitly a lot quicker than making the traditional way."
"I made this last week and it turned out great! I made two pans (8x8") instead of the 9x13". I cooked one and froze the other. The Barilla hotline instructions said to thaw in refrigerator 24 hours, then cook 2 hours. How convenient!"
"I've been making this recipe for years and it truly is great as is .... BUT it is BETTER if you have a little extra to spend on it for a special occasion.
Use the ingredients as on the original recipe ... BUT I use a pound of lean ground beef PLUS a pound of mild italian sausage (cooking them together).
Drain the meat and mix it with the 2 cups of Mozarella called for in the layering process.
Add an additional 15 oz. Ricotta to the meat & Mozarella mixture.
Add an additional 1/2 jar of sauce.
Finally, since the Mozzarella is all in the meat mixture, top the casserole with 1 c. of fresh Parmesean.
No additional baking time is required.
It's really hearty and my husband loved it."
"This is pretty good, but I must say it would be a better written recipe if the sauce amounts were better stated... you definitely need TWO jars of sauce! Just saying "sauce" doesn't help much when you're in the middle of the recipe, elbow-deep in ricotta. :) This is also a bit bland, I would defintiely say punch it up by adding some spices of your own, or using a good spicy italian sausage, some black pepper in the ricotta mix...something! Treat it like pizza, and make it your own. :)"
"I've tried several varieties of no-boil lasagna and have found Barilla to be the best of the lot, with Barilla the end product is exactly the same as the home rolled, and for sure much better than the uncooked classic lasagna noodles that if not attended to closely tend to shred.... Oh, the recipe was very good."
"I have been using this recipe as a guide for years. I do make a few changes and additions. I cook a half pound of ground turkey seasoned with Italian Sausage Seasoning or a half pound lean Italian sausage then add in the sauce. The marinara sauce is 32 oz. I probably use about half the mozzarella cheese. The eggs, ricotta and parmesan cheeses are mixed together and a pinch of nutmeg added. To layer I put a small base of the meat sauce, noodles, ricotta mixture, sauce and a nice sprinkling of shredded mozzarella. I make 3 layers ending with noodles and meat sauce. This recipe works well with regular noodles as well as gluten free brown rice pasta noodles."
"I've used this recipe for a long time, using extra sauce, especially around the edges which carmelizes nicely, and using my meatball recipe for the meat. Barilla has changed the box recipe to something else so I'm glad someone put it on-line. As far as the recommendations to freeze it before baking, I have always baked the whole pan, then sliced up entrée-sized chunks to freeze for a quick microwave dinner. Never noticed a lack in quality from freezing and kind of feel it's a waste of electricity not to cook enough to freeze some for later."
"This is a great recipe! I usually just follow the recipe on the back of the box of noodles. (Especially helpful if I decide while at the store to make lasagna!) There's an alternate method of layering if you only have a 2-inch deep pan. (I think it's different than just illuminating one of the layers.)
My family's not wild about ricotta cheese, so we only use half the recommended amount (and only 1 egg.) For the meat, I use half ground beef and half ground (Original Bob Evans) sausage. And instead of straight parmesan cheese, I use half Romano cheese. Both these modifications add to the flavor of the whole dish."
"This lasagna was easy to make and turned out great! I made for my mom's 80th birthday party and everyone really liked it. Thanks for posting."
"I love love love this pasta, and this recipe. I don't make it any other way now. A great tip: You can make a double batch, assemble the ingredients in the pan and freeze the extra pan before baking. Defrost it overnight when you're ready to cook, and bake according to directions. Comes out great!"
"Easy and delicious. You will need 2 jars of pasta sauce for this dish. The lasagna on the top layer should be completely covered in sauce; otherwise, it comes out doughy."
"I agree. This is the best lasagne recipe. I make it the day before Christmas, put it in the fridge, and pop it in the oven on Christmas day. It makes for a great holiday meal. I use half pound sausage and half pould lean ground beef. I have been using this recipe for years and always relied on the back of the box for the recipe. I noticed tonight that they have changed the recipe on the back. I searched it, and was so glad to find the original listed here. Thanks for positng it!"
"I made this good lasagna for the convenience of the no-boil noodles, which I like. I use half pound of lean ground beef, half pound of mild Italian sausage, mozarella cheese and two jars of Barilla spaghetti sauce in three layers. We have enjoyed it very much. Thanks for posting this good recipe."
"Tried this recipe following the instructions on the back of the Barilla lasagna noodles-everybody loves it.Awesome recipe.Thanks."
"Made this years ago and haven't stopped. For meat - you can use anything. Specially wild game."
"Great recipe! I've made it twice now. Definitely a fan of mild Italian sausage for this recipe. Still trying to figure out in step 7 what Celsius sauce is. Oh well. I still winged it and turned out fabulous!"
"Our grocery just started carrying the Barilla No-Boil Lasagna pasta. It was the best Lasagna I've ever made. I made a couple of ingredient amount changes since I used the next size larger pan, but it was perfect. I served to company without reservations."
"I've used this recipe for years with great success. It is better than what is currently printed on the box. The eggs (omitted on the current box recipe) make it puff up nicely. I make my own sauce. And I use hot Italian sausage rather than ground beef. I agree that it needs to be covered during most of the cooking time. I do wish there was an indication of oz by volume or oz by weight: 4 cups (by volume) of shredded mozzarella weighs only 16 oz, which is confusing because cheese is sold by weight not volume."
"This is the recipe that USED to be on the Barilla no-bake box. I used to make this quite often but hadn't done so for a year or two. I was surprised to find that the recipe Barilla gives on its box has changed considerably since I last made it. No more eggs in the recipe, for one thing, and the cooking time has been cut in half to just 25 minutes! I am going to try it the "new" way but I suspect it will take more than 25 minutes just to HEAT a 9 x 13 dish full of sauce, cheese, meat and noodles. Why do companies like Barilla insist on changing a recipe that was working GREAT before? The only trouble I used to have making this was keeping the layering straightened out...now, the "new" instructions are even more confusing. I suspect after today's batch, I'll go back to the "old" recipe!"
"I used a little more sauce that suggested and added other cheeses. So good!"