How To Freeze And Reheat Lasagna

Lasagna is one of my favorite classic pasta dishes. It freezes so well, whether baked or not. But, I’d recommend freezing lasagna before baking. One of the appealing qualities of lasagna is its crunchy, caramelized crust that looks sizzling fresh. Unfortunately, you won’t get that when you bake, freeze, and re-bake it. Your dish will also be a little soggy.

Without further ado, let’s have a look at the steps for freezing lasagna.

How To Freeze Lasagna Family Size Meals

Assemble the tools: You can freeze lasagna in a foil pan or freezer-friendly baking dish. In case you’re going to use a baking dish, you will need to line it with a heavy-duty foil before laying out the components. This allows you to lift the contents out of the dish. You obviously do not want your dish spending months in the freezer.

  • Layering the components: Spread the meat sauce, noodles, and cheese into the pan or baking dish. Just follow that order when layering: sauce – noodles – cheese. Repeat the layers. Use no-boil lasagna noodles. The noodles will cook in the sauce when you bake your meal. If you’re vegan, you can add vegetables via the sauce.
  • Wrap the lasagna with foil and freeze.
  • Label your meals: Don’t forget to put down the date you froze your lasagna.

How To Thaw And Reheat Lasagna Family Size Meals

To thaw your lasagna, you will need to put it in the refrigerator and defrost it overnight. When it comes to reheating, follow these simple steps:

  • Preheat your oven.
  • Remove the lasagna covering and replace it with a baking dish
  • Place your piece of lasagna in the oven on the center shelve and cook until the top is light browned and the lasagna is cooked thoroughly (165°F) as measured with a food thermometer in the center of the dish.
  • Remove the lasagna from the oven and let it sit and cool for 10 minutes before cutting it.

When baking frozen lasagna in an oven, the rule is that the baking time should be double that of the original recipe. For example, if the baking time for the recipe is 15 minutes, then you should bake lasagna for 30 minutes. Temperature is constant.

How To Freeze Servings For One Or Two lasagna

  • Portion the lasagna into individual servings.
  • Wrap each portion of lasagna in a cling film. Make sure the cling wrap is freezer friendly.
  • Label with the freeze date.
  • Place the wrapped portions of lasagna in the freezer.

How To Thaw And Reheat Servings For One Or Two lasagna

Defrost the individual servings in the refrigerator overnight while in the wrappings. Next, remove the wrappings and place the lasagna in a microwave-friendly plate or container. Cook the portions to the original recipe instructions.

How Long Can Frozen Lasagna Be Safely Stored

Generally, you should freeze it for about 2-3 months. Some people preserve it for up to 6 months, but 3 months is considered the safest period. 

We’re firm believers that cheesy casseroles are worth every minute of prep time, but some days you don’t have 3 hours to dedicate to dinner. Enter: The freezer lasagna.

How To Freeze And Reheat Cooked Lasagna

To freeze pre-cooked lasagna in a “heat and serve” food prep meal pattern or to preserve leftovers:

  • First, make and Cook the lasagna according to the recipe directions to cook the lasagna
  • Once fully cooked, cool the lasagna to room temperature.
  • Wrap the lasagna with foil and freeze.
  • Label the lasagna with the name of the recipe and the current date.

To reheat Large dishes:

  • Preheat your oven.
  • Remove the lasagna covering and replace it with a baking dish
  • Place your piece of lasagna in the oven on the center, shelve the lasagna thoroughly heated (165°F).
  • Remove the lasagna from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes before cutting it.

For an individual serving, I usually find the microwave is easier for reheating.  To reheat in the microwave:

  • Defrost the individual servings in the refrigerator overnight while in the wrappings.
  • Next, remove the wrappings and place the lasagna in a microwave-friendly plate or container.
  • Reheat the lasagna thoroughly (165°F) as measured with a food thermometer in the center of the serving

How Long will Lasagna safely last in the freezer?

Generally, frozen lasagna should be eaten within 3 months