5 Things to Make with Lasagna Noodles That Are Not Lasagna

Don't leave lasagna noodles on the grocery store shelf again!

April 09, 2020

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Ree Drummond's dish Lasagna soup, as seen on Food Network.

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When it comes to the pasta aisle, popular shapes like penne, spaghetti and elbows are in short supply, but the one variety I always see well-stocked? Lasagna noodles. Maybe it’s because lasagna is something everyone is saving for a Sunday project or the idea of cooking the noodles and then assembling the lasagna feels too time-consuming for weeknight dinner. If you find yourself leaving lasagna noodles on the shelf, here are five reasons (recipes, really) that will change this shopping habit for good.

Lasagna Soup

If you’re strapped for time, look no further than Ree Drummond’s Lasagna Soup (pictured above). Cook along with Ree in her class on the Food Network Kitchen app, and you’ll have a finished meal from start to finish in less than 20 minutes. You’ll make the tomato-y base of the soup in the main pot while the lasagna noodles cook to al dente in the other. The dish is finished off with ricotta cheese “dumplings,” making the whole thing feel like a restaurant-level meal.

Skillet Chicken Lasagna

Perhaps one of the most frustrating parts of making lasagna is broken noodles, but in Bev Weidner’s skillet lasagna, broken noodles are the whole point. Cooked noodle shards are layered with jarred marinara, shredded rotisserie chicken and plenty of cheese for an assembly that’s practically foolproof. While the skillet bakes in the oven for 30 minutes, tackle the dishes and set the table for minimal post-dinner cleanup.

Gabriela Rodiles features Loaf Pan Lasagna for Two, as seen on Food Network Kitchen Live.

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Brian David

Loaf Pan Lasagna for Two

OK this is technically a lasagna, but it's a great hack that makes it way easier to make. Buying a whole box of lasagna noodles doesn’t mean you have to commit to feeding a crowd. Gabriela Rodiles’s Loaf Pan Lasagna class proves that you can have lasagna for two just as easily. In this recipe, Gabriela opts for no-boil lasagna noodles, which make bringing the whole dish together a breeze. All you’ll have to do is put together a meat sauce and cheese mixture to layer between the noodles, assemble and bake.

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Brian David Photography

Lasagna-Style Nachos

Don’t let that box of lasagna noodles go to waste simply because no one is in the mood for baked pasta. Instead of breaking out your 9-by-13 pan for assembly, pull out a pot, pan and mortar and pestle — and call in reinforcements. Jackie Rothong’s Lasagna-Style Nachos can get the whole family involved in the fun. Assign different tasks like bolognese sauce, pesto and bechamel sauce to your kids depending on their cooking levels while you tackle making the lasagna chips. Then, have everyone come together to put the whole thing together. It’ll feel like a true team effort!

Kelly Senyei's Easy Pesto Lasagna Roll-Ups, as seen on Food Network Kitchen.

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Lauren Volo

Easy Pesto Lasagna Rolls

This recipe requires just six ingredients — most of which you probably already have in your pantry and fridge! In this class, Kelly Senyi will show you how to make and assemble the lasagna rolls to make a beautiful baked pasta that’s way simpler than it looks. You’ll have dinner on the table in no time.

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