There is nothing like a good pan of lasagna. Gooey, cheesy, packed with carbs—this just might be the perfect comfort food. But screw it up, and we’re talking mushy noodles, soupy sauce, and congealed cheese. You deserve better than that, and so does this casserole. Avoid these common mistakes and make a perfect pan of lasagna—every time.
1. Overcooking the Noodles
“First, you have to decide what type of dish you want to make,” says Chris Morocco, senior food editor. “If you’re using no-boil noodles—which I sometimes do—it’s just not a real lasagna. It’s a baked pasta dish.” Hey, we get it—when you’re strapped for time, no-boil noodles can be a lifesaver. Just be sure to bump up the flavor and bring in the big guns with your sauce, cheese, and seasoning (nobody could accuse no-boil noods of being texturally great or overly flavorful).
That said, if you’re going big with traditionally-boiled noodles, err on the side of undercooking them. “Four to five minutes will do it,” says Rick Martinez, associate food editor. Remember that you’ll be cooking them again, by baking them in a hot