May 14, 2010 by Flora Dawn
Let’s face it, lasagna is really good, but a lot of work. No wonder the no-boil noodles are so popular.
Well, to my knowledge there aren’t any no-boil gluten free noodles. And if they exist, they certainly aren’t in any stores I shop at.
I buy the Tinkyada brand pasta, and overall I think they are the best gluten-free noodles. However, the lasagna noodles are very fragile once cooked and aren’t exactly easy to handle. This is a bit frustrating, so I figured there must be a better way.
I know some people claim you don’t have to pre-cook lasagna noodles, but I have never liked the texture of this method.
However, I found a solution.
If you soak the gluten free lasagna noodles in really hot tap water for about 20-30 minutes there is no need to pre-boil them. I use a 9×13 baking dish for this and when I was done soaking I just poured the water off. You have slightly softened, but easy to handle lasagna noodles, ready to be layered.
This will save you the pre-boil step and the hassle of dealing with very fragile cooked noodles. A couple of my noodles did stick together while soaking, but seriously, this was much less hassle than dealing with fully cooked gluten free lasagna noodles.
Once soaked and drained you can just proceed with layering the lasagna as usual. I like to cover the lasagna with foil for at least the first half of the baking time and then remove the foil so the top can brown nicely. The noodles turn out perfectly cooked this way and the top doesn’t get too done.
I hope you find soaking lasagna noodles a helpful tip and I hope it saves you some time and energy in the kitchen.
I posted a great chicken lasagna recipe if you are looking for ideas.
Happy gluten free cooking!