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When I cook lasagna, the layers stick together into one lump. How can I avoid this?

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Pasta can be very sticky, especially lasagna sheets which are quite thin. My advice is not to drop the sheets into the water all at once, but to kind of layer them so that water gets in between the sheets. You can also add a splash of oil which helps to separate pasta.

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