The simple answer to the question “Can you boil oven ready lasagna noodles? “, is “Yes”.
But the next thing you should consider when making a classic lasagna dish, using rigid sheets of oven-ready pasta, is “Should you?” boil them.
I moved to Italy several years ago and learned directly from an Italian chef that there are a number of different techniques when using oven-ready lasagna sheets in lasagna or any other classic dish that requires any type of lasagna noodle.
Traditional Italian cuisine is simple and composed of the simplest elements. A cornerstone of most Italian cooking (the kind of cooking that real Italian grandmothers still practice in Italy) is to always use the freshest seasonal ingredients.
The modern American or Western-style diet is so far removed from the Italian-style Mediterranean diet that the two are nearly unrecognizable when compared side by side.
The best news for the diet-weary American or Westerner is that anyone can realize the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet – without making any single food off-limits.
Although not everyone is able to move to a Mediterranean country where the food quality is higher and without fast food spots on every corner, the Mediterranean approach to food and lifestyle can be replicated almost anywhere.