Making lasagna has always been a family favorite. The delicious aroma of bubbling cheeses and tomatoes mixing with noodles is a quick reminder of dinners past. When love is baked into the meal, one pan of lasagna is never enough. Thank goodness someone came up with the idea to make foil cake pans. It's a great idea to make two or three trays of lasagna so that the next time the mood to have lasagna hits, you can bake frozen lasagna that has just as much goodness in it as the pan of lasagna you ate fresh two months ago. It's not difficult to understand how to bake frozen lasagna with a few helpful tips.
Lasagna can be baked and frozen or made and frozen without being baked beforehand. Just remember that frozen lasagna that was not baked beforehand will require a longer thawing and baking time.
How to Bake Frozen Lasagna
To cut down on your gas bill, take advantage of the freezer. Buy enough ingredients for several dishes of lasagna and freeze them until ready to use. That way, when you're hungry and the cupboard is bare, or you don't have time to fuss, you can just grab a frozen pan of lasagna for dinner.
Thaw the pan of lasagna in the refrigerator overnight, set it on the counter for one hour before placing it into the oven or simply heat it in the oven at about 325 degrees for one hour and 15 minutes. Check the lasagna often and keep the foil tightly closed. If dryness occurs, use about eight ounces of tomato juice and two ounces of water. Mix well and pour the juice over the top of the lasagna and let it seep down into all the crevices.
When you bake frozen lasagna, make sure the lasagna is thoroughly heated in the middle before serving. Ideally the lasagna has been precooked and will only require warming. If the lasagna was made without being precooked, then you may have to cook it for more than one hour and 15 minutes. When the lasagna is done, add a layer of cheese to the top and return it to the oven for an additional ten minutes.
To complete the meal, heat a loaf of garlic bread in the oven at the same time. On the stovetop, heat a pan of vegetables. If you feel like showing off a little more, add a delicious dessert to the table. Sticky toffee pudding would compliment this dish perfectly. Yum!
Italian classics like lasagna are traditionally made with meat. Fortunately, there are many variations such as a seafood lasagna recipe that combines Italian flavors and sauce with fresh seafood. Seafood lasagna is a bit difficult to make and assemble but will be well worth it once you can serve it to eager guests.