As simple as lasagna is to prepare, it's equally as difficult to cut and serve. What looks firm and stable in the baking dish soon slides into a messy mound of pasta, sauce and cheese on the plate. While the flavor doesn't suffer any, this sloppy mound of food looks less than appetizing as it slips and slides across the plate. Take a few extra precautions before and after baking to a ensure picture-perfect square of lasagna every time.
Things You'll Need
- Olive oil or cooking spray
- Parmesan cheese
- Fresh herbs
Grease your baking dish with non-stick cooking spray or olive oil. This will prevent the lasagna from sticking, making it easier to cut and remove from the dish.
Coat the bottom of the pan with a generous serving of pasta sauce. This essential layer of sauce will ensure a moist dish that slips easily out of the pan.
Weave your lasagna noodles into a lattice as you layer them. The lattice pattern creates what is essentially a double-layer of noodles, reinforcing and strengthening the dish for neat, square servings.
Cook your lasagna according to recipe directions. Allow it to rest, at room temperature, for at least 15 minutes and up to one hour. It will still be hot enough to serve, and the resting period allows the lasagna to soak up any liquid left in the dish.
Cut the lasagna into squares with a large, sharp kitchen knife. Remove the lasagna from the pan by sliding a spatula under each piece and lifting it upward. If the lasagna is unstable, use a second spatula placed on top of each piece to hold it in place.
Transfer each piece to a separate plate. Sprinkle the plate with grated Parmesan cheese and chopped fresh herbs. Serve immediately.