One of the best ways to cook lasagna is using no-boil noodles, according to the culinary website Epicurious.com. Other tips include using Italian sausage in the sauce and fresh mozzarella cheese.
Epicurious conducted research on how to create great lasagna. The testers decided that no-boil noodles provide a superior consistency. Fresh noodles became too mushy, and dried noodles were too thick. The no-boil noodles absorbed the sauce well.
When making the lasagna sauce, using pork sausage over all-hamburger yielded a better flavor and consistency. Recipes that call for hamburger generally require making a time-consuming Bolognese sauce. Conversely, to make a quick sausage sauce, saute onion, chopped carrots and garlic until softened, and then add ground beef and Italian sausage. Cook until browned, and then add crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, brown sugar and Italian spices. Cover, and cook for 15 minutes.
Fresh mozzarella yields a more flavorful lasagna than pre-shredded. Use freshly grated mozzarella cheese. Likewise, make a ricotta cheese mixture by adding Parmesan, beaten eggs and herbs. Basil, oregano or spinach are good additions.
To construct lasagna, start with a spoonful of sauce in the bottom of the pan, place a layer of no-boil noodles on top, and add a layer of the ricotta cheese mixture. Sprinkle freshly grated mozzarella cheese over this, and spoon the sauce over top. Repeat the layers, finishing with Parmesan cheese on top. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 40 minutes, and let stand 15 minutes before serving.