Vegetable lasagna is one of those meals that you can make ahead of time, freeze and serve whenever a quick meal is needed. Or, you can make it for dinner tonight and freeze the leftovers for later. Either way, by making your own you are guaranteeing that the lasagna you are serving your family is healthy and nutritious and does not contain the indecipherable ingredients found in store-bought frozen lasagna.
Things You'll Need
- Vegetable lasagna recipe
- Lasagna pan or shallow baking dish
- Aluminum foil
- Shallow baking dish
Make Ahead Lasagna
Line a lasagna pan or 9-by-13 inch shallow baking dish with heavy duty aluminum foil.
Prepare the vegetable lasagna recipe according to directions using the foil lined pan.
Cook the lasagna as specified. Remove from the oven and let the food cool.
Cover the pan with heavy duty aluminum foil and place it in the freezer. Allow the lasagna to freeze solid; this will take approximately 24 hours.
Remove the pan from the freezer and remove the frozen lasagna from the pan. Wrap the lasagna, tightly, in a second layer of aluminum foil.
Place the foil wrapped lasagna back into the freezer until it is needed. To cook, unwrap the outer layer of foil and place the frozen lasagna back into the original pan. Cook 45 to 60 minutes until it is hot and bubbly throughout.
Transfer the leftover lasagna to a smaller shallow baking dish lined with foil.
Cover it with foil and freeze. When it is frozen solid, remove it from the freezer and from the pan. Wrap it with a second layer of foil and place back into the freezer until needed.
Reheat by placing the lasagna back into the pan and baking it until it is heated through.
Tips & Warnings
- When packaging leftover lasagna for a later meal, consider the size of your slow cooker. Locate a baking dish or container that will fit easily inside the cooker. Freeze the leftovers in that container. When ready to cook, unwrap and let the slow cooker do the work by cooking on low for 4 to 6 hours until hot.
- This method can be used to freeze traditional meat lasagna, as well.
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