How To Use Reggano Oven Ready Lasagna

If youve ever used the oven-ready lasagna (aka no-boil lasagna noodles) that doesnt need boiling, you may have noticed that the pasta often comes out dry and chewy, even after cooking. Here is a tip to help make your finished product moist and delicious:

How does it work? During the cooking process in the oven, the water will seep into the pasta, keeping it from drying out. Its that easy. Your lasagna should come out perfectly!

The Short Version:


  • 9 Reggano Oven Ready Lasagna Noodles
  • 1 pound of ground beef or ground turkey
  • A sprinkling of Stonemill Garlic Powder or two cloves of fresh minced garlic
  • 1 23.5-ounce jar of Simply Nature Organic Marinara Pasta Sauce
  • 1 15-ounce container of Emporium Selection Ricotta Cheese
  • Approximately 3 cups of Happy Farms Mozzarella Shredded Cheese (or slightly more if you really like cheese)
  • Directions:

  • Brown ground beef or ground turkey in a large skillet. While beef is cooking, sprinkle with garlic powder or minced garlic.
  • Drain any grease from the cooked meat and stir in the jar of marinara sauce.
  • Spread one third of the meat and sauce mixture on the bottom of a lightly greased 9 x 13 inch casserole dish.
  • Top the meat and sauce mixture with 3 uncooked noodles.
  • Spread one third of the ricotta cheese on top of the noodles. Sprinkle approximately 1 cup of mozzarella cheese on top.
  • Repeat layers one time.
  • Put the last three uncooked noodles on top of the lasagna mixture. Top with the remaining sauce, ricotta cheese, and mozzarella cheese.
  • Add just under 1 cup of water all around the edges of the assembled uncooked lasagna. Don’t pour water directly on top; stick to pouring just around the edges of the casserole dish.
  • Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 400 degrees for 1 hour.
  • Remove the foil. Be careful because there will be some steam under the foil. Put the lasagna back in the oven uncovered and bake for another 10 minutes.
  • Let the lasagna stand for about 10-15 minutes before serving.
  • For step-by-step detailed illustrated directions and more thoughts on the lasagna, read on.

    Or if you want an even easier option, there is a recipe on the back of the box. It. Is. Delicious. Like make-it-for-company delicious.

    EDITOR’S NOTE: A few years ago, Aldi removed its detailed recipe from this lasagna noodle box. We have shared the old recipe in this post, and it should work with current boxes of Aldi oven-ready lasagna. In addition, we tested the directions on the current box using our own family recipe and wrote about the results here.

    I appreciate that this recipe calls for fresh mushrooms instead of (slimy) canned ones, and it uses fresh spinach instead of (also slimy) frozen spinach.

    The recipe has its quirks, such as some confusion over whether to use 9 or 12 noodles (I went with 12), and the fact that it calls for a 26-oz. jar of marinara sauce when Aldi only sells 24- or 25-oz. jars (I used a 25-oz. jar of sauce and it worked well). Regardless, the end result is perfection.

    The box has simple cooking instructions: Use in your favorite recipe. Add 1/2 cup of water (or milk) for every 5 pieces of lasagna used. Cover with tin foil before cooking and remove cover for the last 10 minutes of cook time.

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    Update: Reader Alex left this comment on my Facebook page. “Ok, I made this tonight for dinner! I didn’t notice, nor did my family, that the noodles weren’t boiled. Thanks, Lydia, I sure will be making it like this from now on!!!” So if you are on the fence as to which kind of noodles to use maybe that will help you.

    So when I discovered this no-boil lasagna recipe soon after we were married, I was pretty delighted.

    But then while I’m funny about many things related to food, noodle texture is not one of them. So do whatever you think best!

    This juicy, flavorful lasagna saves you prep time by using regular, uncooked lasagna noodles. You get to enjoy your favorite dish with less work! It makes a great freezer meal too.


    Do you have to add water to oven ready lasagna?

    Add 1/2 cup of water (or milk) for every 5 pieces of lasagna used. Cover with tin foil before cooking and remove cover for the last 10 minutes of cook time. Or if you want an even easier option, there is a recipe on the back of the box. It.

    How long do you soak oven-ready lasagna noodles?

    They’re thinner than regular lasagna noodles, precooked and then dried, so they can soften during baking with just the moisture from the sauce. Put the dried noodles in the casserole and voila! They cook while the casserole cooks … except when they don’t.

    What’s the difference between oven ready lasagna and lasagna?

    Soaking lasagna noodles is super easy. Just put them in a baking dish and fill the dish with hot tap water. That’s it! Leave it on the counter for 15 minutes, while you prepare other stuff for lasagna.

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