7 Things You Didn't Know You Could Make with Lasagna Noodles

Lasagna noodles aren't just for layering. In fact, this beloved pasta shape is a whole lot more versatile than you might think.

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©Copyright 2015

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©Copyright 2015

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©Copyright 2015

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©Copyright 2015

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©Copyright 2015

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©Copyright 2015

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©Copyright 2015

Fried Pasta Nachos

Fry cooked noodles (break them up into pieces and dry them first), then layer on a sheet pan with Alfredo sauce, crumbled cooked Italian sausage (or shredded cooked chicken) and shredded mozzarella. Broil until melted and bubbling, then finish with red pepper flakes.

Roll-Ups

For a lunchbox meal you can make the day before, spread cooked lasagna noodles with ricotta, sliced pepperoni and basil leaves. Roll up and pack with marinara sauce for dipping.

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Pasta Stir-Fry

Slice cooked noodles lengthwise and add them to a saucy chicken, pork or beef stir-fry just at the end of cooking.

Torta di Pasta

Make this low-stress egg pie by mixing broken, cooked noodles with whisked eggs, shredded Parmesan and fontina (add sun-dried tomatoes if you like). Cook in a nonstick skillet until set, then finish under the broiler until golden brown. It's an Italian classic that's great cold or at room temperature.

Alphabet Soup

Use cookie cutters or scissors to cut cooked noodles into kid-friendly shapes — think letters, animals, stars and hearts — and add to chicken soup. Or break up the dried noodles and add them to your favorite minestrone or pasta e fagioli soup in place of ditalini.

Broken Kerchiefs

For a variation on the Italian classic silk handkerchief pasta (made with large sheets of dough), break up lasagna noodles into squares before boiling. Toss with creamy pesto sauce, and include extra Parmesan and fresh basil leaves for serving.

Apple Pudding

Cut cooked noodle into equal lengths and toss with egg and shredded cheddar, then layer in a greased pie plate with apple pie filling. Finish with a crumble topping, and bake until bubbling and warmed through. Serve with sweetened sour cream sauce.

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