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No Boil Lasagna | Simple and Delicious

This no boil lasagna recipe is not only delicious, but it’s super easy to make. No more slaving over the stove, boiling your lasagna noodles and then handling the hot sheets of pasta just so you can enjoy this simple staple of Italian comfort food.

Closer view of lasagna, sausage and vegetable on a white plate

If you are worried no boil lasagna noodles taste differently than the kind you boil, you don’t have to be. When you layer the oven ready lasagna sheets with ricotta cheese and tomato gravy (sauce) and then bake them, they come out just as soft and satisfying to eat as lasagna noodles cooked on the stovetop.

The flavor of this best lasagna recipe is just out of this world. Add some Italian sausage to the pasta sauce, along with vegetables and you have a full and satisfying meal.

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Helpful tips

  • Use a big enough pan. When I first used these noodles, I use an 8 x 8 pan and although the lasagna came out great, the noodles expand and overlapped each other somewhat. I’ve learned from my mistake and now always make my no boil lasagna in a 9 x 9 pan.
  • You can also use a baking dish if you prefer, but make sure it’s big enough.
  • Use generous amounts of gravy and cheese as this is lasagna people; it’s meant to be moist and cheesy.
  • If you have the time, try to use homemade gravy as it’s better than store bought. Here’s my spaghetti sauce recipe that you can make with a pressure cooker.
  • If you use warm tomato sauce, the noodles will curl when you lay them out, but the weight of the layers will flatten them again.
  • Love meat? Make a meat sauce by adding some ground beef, or sausages. And don’t forget to add some minced garlic.
  • You can layer the lasagna however you want. The order doesn’t matter much as long as you end with a gravy and mozzarella cheese on top. But this is my favorite way to layer it.
  • Have leftovers? I just cover the pan of cooled lasagna with plastic wrap, and then place aluminum foil on top of that. The reason why you don’t want foil directly on the lasagna is the acid in the tomato sauce will eat through it.
  • You can even make this no boil lasagna ahead of time and freeze the pans – again using plastic wrap first, then foil.
  • If I do freeze uncooked lasagna, I let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Just know that sometimes ricotta might get a little watery when frozen. Follow the cook time listed in the recipe card.
A spatula with a piece of lasagna on it held over a plate with the pan in the back
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How to make no boil lasagna

Pre-step

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and get a 9 x 9 baking pan.

Step one

Gather the ingredients – oven-ready lasagna noodles, egg, parmesan cheese, whole milk ricotta cheese, herbs and spices.

Dry pasta, herbs, egg, ricotta and a white bowl

Step two

Place the ricotta, egg, mozzarella, parmesan, basil, oregano, parsley, and salt in a mixing bowl. (A)

Step three

With a rubber spatula, combine ricotta cheese with the other ingredients.(B)

Ricotta filling ingredients in a bowl and then mixed together

Step four

Put a layer of gravy in the bottom of the pan and lay two uncooked lasagna noodles over it. Notice how there is room around them? Don’t worry, they will expand when they bake. (C)

Step five

Spread half of the ricotta cheese mixture on the noodles. (D)

Left - pan with sauce and the noodles. Right - ricotta filling on the noodles

Step six

Next, place two more uncooked noodles on top of the ricotta cheese. Ladle sauce over the noodles and sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top. (E)

Step seven

Add another layer of ricotta cheese over the gravy. (F)

Layering the lasagna with cheese, sauce and filling

Step eleven

Lay on two more lasagna noodles. (G)

Step twelve

Since this layer will be the last, you will ladle more sauce on top and sprinkle a good amount of shredded mozzarella cheese. (H)

More noodles on top more sauce and cheese

Bake time

Bake for 35 minutes. It will come out of the oven nice and bubbly.

A pan of lasagna straight out of the oven

Cut into the lasagna and plate it.

A spatula with a piece of lasagna held over a plate

Lasagna is one of my favorite Italian dishes.

A white plate with lasagna on it with the pan of it behind

Especially when it’s served with lots of sauce, and peppers and onions.

Overhead view of a white plate with lasagna, sausage and vegetable

I hope you enjoyed this no boil lasagna recipe.

Please feel free to leave a comment! I’d love to know if you’ve ever tried the no boil noodles and if so, in what dish?

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Square photo of the deep white plate with lasagna with red sauce and cheese sprinkled on it

No Boil Lasagna

Easy no boil lasagna. No muss, no fuss!
5 from 15 votes
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Course: Pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: baked lasagna, no boil lasagna
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 9 servings
Calories: 230kcal

Ingredients

Filling

  • 1 pound ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup mozzarella
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Building

  • 6 sheets no bake lasagna noodles
  • 3 cups sauce (or as I call it red gravy)
  • 1 cup mozzarella (approximate – shredded)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Cheese Mixture

  • Put ricotta in a mixing bowl and add egg, parmesan cheese, mozzarella, all the herbs and the salt and mix with a spatula.
    1 pound ricotta cheese, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon dried oregano, 1 teaspoon dried basil, 1 teaspoon dried parsley, 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese, 1/4 cup mozzarella, 1/2 teaspoon salt

The Lasagna Building

  • Spoon sauce in pan to cover bottom and lay 2 sheets of lasagna noodles on top.
    6 sheets no bake lasagna noodles, 3 cups sauce
  • Spread half the ricotta on the lasagna noodles. Lay on two more noodles, add sauce and sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top.
    1 cup mozzarella
  • Top with the rest of the ricotta and add two more noodles. Top with sauce and sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top.
  • Bake for 35 minutes.
  • Serve
  • Eat
  • Enjoy
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Notes

Helpful tips
  • Use a big enough pan. When I first used these noodles, I use an 8 x 8 pan and although the lasagna came out great, the noodles expand and overlapped each other somewhat. I’ve learned from my mistake and now always make my no boil lasagna in a 9 x 9 pan.
  • You can also use a baking dish if you prefer, but make sure it’s big enough.
  • Use generous amounts of gravy and cheese as this is lasagna people; it’s meant to be moist and cheesy.
  • If you have the time, try to use homemade gravy as it’s better than store bought. Here’s my spaghetti sauce recipe that you can make with a pressure cooker.
  • If you use warm tomato sauce, the noodles will curl when you lay them out, but the weight of the layers will flatten them again.
  • Love meat? Make a meat sauce by adding some ground beef, or sausages. And don’t forget to add some minced garlic.
  • You can layer the lasagna however you want. The order doesn’t matter much as long as you end with sauce and mozzarella cheese on top. But this is my favorite way to layer it.
  • Have leftovers? I just cover the pan of cooled lasagna with plastic wrap, and then place aluminum foil on top of that. The reason why you don’t want foil directly on the lasagna is the acid in the tomato sauce will eat through it.
  • You can even make this no boil lasagna ahead of time and freeze the pans – again using plastic wrap first, then foil.
  • If I do freeze uncooked lasagna, I let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Just know that sometimes ricotta might get a little watery when frozen. Follow the cook time listed in the recipe card.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 230kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 616mg | Potassium: 106mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 320IU | Calcium: 177mg | Iron: 0.7mg
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Originally published in December of 2016.

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42 Comments

  1. I always stick to the regular pasta just because it’s what I’m used to as well. However I would love to save some time in the kitchen! I’ll definitely have to pick up some next time I go grocery shopping.

  2. I’ve tried the no-boil and I like it in a pinch — we have a pasta machine and love making our own pasta. But I have to admit there are days when it is great having a means to throw it together. Looks scrumptious!

    1. Thanks Marisa!

      I used to make homemade pasta with my mom and since she passed, I haven’t made it. Time to buy another pasta roller machine – especially one that fits my kitchenaid. Can’t wait!

  3. As much as I love lasagna I do avoid making it because it can be time consuimng. Can’t wait to try this recipe with these noodles soon.

  4. This no boil lasagna recipe is making me totally hungry that it’s making my tummy growl. I’m definitely going to serve this to my family. They’ll love it!

  5. I’ve got a pasta machine for Christmas this year, and have been experimenting a lot with homemade pasta. This is going to be next on my list to try! Other half is addicted to lasagna, it’s his favourite dish in a whole world, so definitely making this soon!

    1. Thanks Anna. Hubby would eat Italian every day if he could. I love my pasta machine but having these noodles actually makes me not grumble when he wants me to make him some lasagna. 🙂

  6. I always wondered how the no boil pasta was. Your lasagne looks delicious, and the no boil makes it a bit easier to make!

  7. Oh wow! This looks so delicious and I love these oven ready pasta sheets! Definitely need to check them out..lasagna is one of my favorites ^_^

  8. Sometimes we use the oven ready pasta sheets when we make lasagna and I have to say it works well. Definitely faster and stress-free!

  9. I really love Lasagna, but never made it myself before… Need to save this recipe and make it soon. Looks so easy to make and super delicious!

  10. Easy, peasy, CHEESY! Count me in! I love a great lasagna that is also super easy to make! This looks delicious for sure! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Made this lasagna once before and baking another now because we loved it! I use a 9×13 pan using 3noodles per layer and MORE cheese. Thanks for sharing your recipe 😋

    1. I’m so pleased you liked it Suzanne. Love that you use a 9 x 13. My sister does as well. I use small pans because it’s only hubby and I! Thank you for taking the time to comment and tell me what you thought.

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