We are always on the run and I often need meals I can pull from the freezer and put in my oven or crockpot so we can eat healthy even when we are on the go. My ten-year old daughter figure skates and does karate. We often eat supper at odd times and it seems I am never home to prepare a healthy meal – hello taxi service.
Can You Freeze Lasagna?
On the weekend I like to prep meals that I can freeze and use as needed. Lasagna is a go to for this! I always freeze my lasagna before cooking it. When I need a quick meal I pull it out of the freezer the night before so I have it to throw in the oven for supper the next day.
How To Freeze Lasagna
There are a lot of freezer friendly lasagna recipes out there so choose your favorite and get to work. As a side note, make sure you use fresh ingredients as you do not want to use previously frozen meat and then refreeze it.
- Find a dish that has a freezer-proof label on it so that you can assemble your lasagna and be sure the pan is ok to be frozen. You should be able to use most glass or ceramic dishes. Avoid using disposable tin ones if you will not be using the lasagna right away as long-term storage may cause it to have a tinny taste.
- If you are on a strict time budget at meal time you can bake it before you freeze it (I prefer to freeze it and bake it when I need it). If you make a big batch you can make more than one lasagna at a time so pre-baking them would be rather time consuming.
- Make sure the lasagna is room temperature before you put it in the freezer. You can leave it on the counter to cool or put it in the fridge to speed up the process. If you are going to put it in the fridge, cover it with plastic wrap and a layer of foil.
- Before you freeze it you want it covered with plastic wrap only; foil may affect the taste. Layer the plastic wrap so that the lasagna does not get freezer burn. If you have a smaller family and will not eat a whole lasagna, after it has chilled you can cut it into smaller portions and wrap each portion tightly and then put them into freezer bags.
It is a good idea to thaw the lasagna overnight before cooking it. If you try to cook it from frozen, it will not cook evenly. You may want to put foil over top of the lasagna before you cook it as this will prevent the top from getting too brown while the rest of the lasagna cooks.