How to Freeze Oven-Ready Lasagna

Lasagna takes time to prepare due to the variety of ingredients used. Many people prefer to freeze the dish so that they have a quick meal ready. You may freeze lasagna after you bake it in the oven or prepare it ahead of time and bake it later. Baking the pasta in the oven may cause it to have a mushy texture after you reheat it. Freeze the dish using the method that you prefer to enjoy lasagna after a long workday.

Things You'll Need

  • Pan
  • Ice water
  • Aluminum foil
  • Freezer paper wrap
  • Plastic freezer wrap
  • Freezer tape

Instructions

  1. Baked Lasagna

    • 1

      Prepare and bake the lasagna according to the recipe.

    • 2

      Remove the baked lasagna from the oven.

    • 3

      Allow the lasagna dish to cool completely. Place the dish in a pan filled with ice water to help it cool down to room temperature.

    • 4

      Wrap the lasagna with aluminum foil, freezer paper wrap or plastic freezer wrap completely. Wrap the packaging with freezer tape to secure it in place.

    • 5

      Label the lasagna with the contents and the date.

    Unbaked Lasagna

    • 1

      Prepare the lasagna according to the recipe but do not bake it in the oven.

    • 2

      Place the lasagna pan in the freezer until it firms completely. This may take up to one or two hours.

    • 3

      Wrap the lasagna with aluminum foil, plastic freezer wrap or freezer paper wrap. Wrap it tightly to prevent ice crystals from forming. Secure the packaging in place by wrapping it with freezer tape.

    • 4

      Label the lasagna with the date and the contents.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you do not have a pan to dedicate to the freezer, cook or prepare the lasagna by lining the pan with enough aluminum foil to create an overhang. The overhang needs to be long enough to cover the lasagna completely. Freeze the lasagna in the pan, then lift the lasagna with the foil out of the pan. Wrap the lasagna tightly in aluminum foil and place it into the freezer.
  • Store the lasagna in the freezer for two to three months.
  • Thaw lasagna in the refrigerator overnight for best results. If you do not thaw the lasagna, it may take twice as long to bake.
  • Wrap the lasagna in moisture proof or freezer safe packaging only because the dish can become freezer burned.
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