Reggano Oven Ready Lasagna Noodles (and Recipe Review)

We keep a running list of items we wish Aldi stocked and sold, and lasagna noodles are on that list. While Aldi sells a variety of noodles — spaghetti, fettucini, rotini, and penne — lasagna noodles have previously not been available. Then, the other week, I noticed Reggano Oven Ready Lasagna noodles on an end cap near the checkout lane. Aldi for the win!

Reggano

The box has simple cooking instructions: Use in your favorite recipe. Add 1/2 cup of water (or milk) for every 5 pieces of lasagna used. Cover with tin foil before cooking and remove cover for the last 10 minutes of cook time.

Or if you want an even easier option, there is a recipe on the back of the box. It. Is. Delicious. Like make-it-for-company delicious.

Reggano

Here’s the recipe:

Reggano Oven Ready Lasagna

Ingredients:

  • 9 lasagna noodles (the directions later state to use 12 noodles, and that’s what I went with and my lasagna turned out great)
  • 8 oz. shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (I used Aldi’s minced garlic that comes in a jar)
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 16 oz. ground turkey
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 8 oz. sliced fresh mushrooms (I used only 4 oz. to make the recipe more kid friendly)
  • 3 cups coarsely chopped fresh spinach (I used approximately 1 cup, again to make the recipe more kid friendly)
  • 26 oz. marinara sauce, divided (Interestingly, Aldi sells sauce in 24-oz. and 25-oz. jars but not in 26-oz. jars. I used a 25-oz. jar of organic marinara sauce and it was fine.)
  • 15 oz. Alfredo sauce, divided

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine cheeses in a bowl and set aside.

In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Stir in the garlic and onion and cook until softened. Add ground turkey, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and cook 5 minutes or until cooked thoroughly, stirring to crumble. Add the mushrooms and cook 2 more minutes.

Spray a 9×13 baking pan with non-stick cooking spray; spread 2 tablespoons each of marinara sauce and Alfredo sauce across the pan. Add the remaining marinara and Alfredo, along with the spinach, to the turkey mixture and cook until heated through and spinach is wilted. Remove from heat.

Layer 3 or 4 lasagna noodles (Again, the ingredients list and the recipe directions call for different numbers of noodles here; I went with the higher number because I like noodles a lot!) over the sauce in the baking pan. Top with 1/3 of the meat mixture and 1/2 cup of the cheese mixture. Repeat layers 2 more times. Spread the remaining cheese mixture on top.

Cover the pan with foil and bake for 40 minutes. Uncover and bake 10 more minutes, until cheese is bubbly and golden brown. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Chef’s Thoughts

My family loved this lasagna dish. The combination of marinara and Alfredo sauces was tasty, and it reminded me of an Italian restaurant near my home that serves some pasta entrees with that combination of sauces and calls it “coral sauce.” It makes a nice creamy Alfredo sauce.

I appreciate that this recipe calls for fresh mushrooms instead of (slimy) canned ones, and it uses fresh spinach instead of (also slimy) frozen spinach.

I also like how versatile this recipe is. If you have picky eaters who don’t like mushrooms or spinach, you can easily omit those ingredients or reduce the amount you use. I used half of the mushrooms and one third of the spinach the recipe called for. The spinach blended so well with the rest of the lasagna that my family hardly noticed it, so when I make this again I’ll add one more handful of spinach. You also could use diced bell peppers in place of or in addition to the mushrooms and spinach.

When you prepare this meal, be sure to use a large skillet when making the meat sauce mixture. By the time I finished adding all ingredients, it was nearly at the top edge of my skillet … and that was after I reduced the amount of mushrooms and spinach in my version.

The recipe has its quirks, such as some confusion over whether to use 9 or 12 noodles (I went with 12), and the fact that it calls for a 26-oz. jar of marinara sauce when Aldi only sells 24- or 25-oz. jars (I used a 25-oz. jar of sauce and it worked well). Regardless, the end result is perfection.

The Verdict:

If you like lasagna and Italian food, you’ll like Aldi’s Oven Ready Lasagna noodles. That’s only half the story, though. The lasagna recipe on the back of the noodle box is a keeper. It’s so good you’ll want to make it for company and take it to friends who are sick or who have just had babies. It’s that good! Highly recommended.

About Rachael

Rachael is a freelance writer and editor. You can read more of her work at www.rachaelsjohnston.com.

21 Comments

  1. The side of the box notes that you should use 1/2 cup of water for every 5 lasagna noodles. Is that in addition to the sauce ingredients? Very confusing.

  2. Our guess is that you just need 1/2 cup of some type of sauce or liquid for every 5 lasagna noodles, and whether that’s water, milk, marinara sauce, Alfredo sauce, etc. is up to you. You simply need something liquid that can get bubbly or reach a boiling point, because that’s how the noodles get cooked.

    You can’t go wrong by following the recipe on the back of the box. But if you experiment with another recipe, feel free to comment here and let us know how it goes.

  3. I made a variation of this last night. I called it “coral lasagna.”
    I followed the recipe with the exception of substituting zucchini for the turkey.
    Whole family loved it!

  4. I am making lasagna for dinner tonight with these noodles. I’m using my mom’s sauce recipe but added the mushrooms and spinach from the recipe on the box. I also was wondering if i needed to add extra water, which is why I’m here – trying to figure it out. Don’t want it to be soupy, but do want to be sure those noodles are cooked, as we are having company for dinner.

    • Carol, I think as long as the noodles are covered well by sauce, you should be good. Good luck and let us know how it turns out!

  5. Just because others were looking for the same answer I was, I made lasagna with 24 oz of sauce and added 1 1/2 cups water in addition since I used the whole box of noodles. The noodles were al dente and not soupy at all which was my concern. Hope that helps!

  6. Christine Garcia

    the cooking instructions should be very clear because so much time and effort goes into making the dish and taking guesses isn’t helping. It is very time consuming to figure out what is meant. other boxes of pasta give clear instructions. so in my opinion reggiano should revise the instructions so they put out a delicious and hastle free product that can be used by consumers not leave them confused. I’m going to try the 20 minute soak method.

    • I agree! There isn’t a recipe on the back of the reggano box I picked up. I’ve never used the no boil noodles and I think I’ll try the soak method also.

    • Agree with Christine! Please tell the world when to add the 1/2 cup water per five noodles. On top of everything after it’s assembled? To the marinara?

      One shouldn’t have to drag a laptop out to figure out instructions…

    • Agree with Christine! Please tell us WHEN and WHERE to add the 1/2 cup water per five noodles. On top of everything after it’s assembled? To the marinara?

      Please adjust the instructions on the box so others don’t have to dig around the internet to (not) find the answer.

  7. Yes, I picked up Reggano Lasagna Noodles , None Cook . was leary, but this Fridged Cold blast was coming, icy Roads, so grabbed them. No Recipe on this Box eather. And, Yes wondered about Water and or Milk thing. These comments have been helpful, glad Aldi’s picked these up to sell. I LOVE ALDI’S . I Agree with Christine Garcia.

    • It’s interesting that several people have mentioned there is no recipe on the box anymore. Aldi must have changed the packaging. I haven’t seen the oven-ready lasagna noodles in my local stores recently so was unaware of any potential changes to the box, but I’ll keep an eye out. Glad this post and the comments can be helpful to those of you looking for ways to cook the noodles. Stay warm!

  8. My ALDI told me these oven-ready lasagna noodles are seasonal, so stock up soon for the whole year!

  9. I soaked these noodles in water for 20 min. because it said to on the box. It turned out ok. I don’t know why it claims no bake noodles if you have to soak them first.

  10. Carolyn Spalding

    the box of oven ready lasagna noodles I brought from Aldi has no recipe for lasagna on the box. The cooking instructions are very confusing. Some off brands or store brands are just not worth buying. I also make my own sauce/gravy but will be using this brand again for lasagna, I will boil my noodles from now on.

  11. Totally agree with above comments regarding instructions …add water or milk then cover with foil. Follow your regular recip. Remove foil last 10 min. Huh?

  12. I panicked today when I noticed the recipe for this lasagna is no longer in the box. So glad I found your site! Follow recipe. No need to soak noodles or add extra water. Works perfectly every time!!

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