Can I make the lasagna the day before?

laceyvailMay 6, 2011

I want to bring a big pan of lasagna to my son and daughter-in-law's next Saturday. Can I put the lasagna together but not cook it on Friday to be transported and baked on Saturday?

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dawnp

Yes, definitely! I have done it.

I made it and refrigerated it. Remember, if it is cold, it will take longer to cook.

Dawn

    Bookmark   May 6, 2011 at 7:49AM
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obxgina

Absolutely! I think it tastes even better if it's made ahead of time!

Gina

    Bookmark   May 6, 2011 at 9:18AM
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jimster

I would bake it on Friday. I think it is better the second day.

Jim

    Bookmark   May 6, 2011 at 9:39AM
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Bumblebeez SC Zone 7

Sorry, Jim, but it would taste like leftovers to me if baked the day before!

    Bookmark   May 6, 2011 at 10:29AM
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Cynic

The biggest problem I've seen with preassembly is if you cook the noodles, they'll turn to mush. Just put them in dry. Tastes better with uncooked noodles anyway. They absorb the sauce.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2011 at 11:02AM
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lindac

Another who says bake it first with a cover, so the eggs in the ricotta are cooked, then add more cheese on the top and reheat.
If you do take it unbaked, start it with a cover on the dish and remove it after about half an hour. A cold dish of stuff takes a long time to heat and may get too brown on topw hile still not being nice and hot in the center.
Linda C

    Bookmark   May 6, 2011 at 12:48PM
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chase_gw

I've done it many a time. The only advice I can offer is let it get to almost room temp before cooking.

Other than that , if you use no cook noodles, which I do, then add a bit more sauce than you normally would.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2011 at 12:56PM
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doucanoe

Yes, I have done lasagne ahead many times as well. I've made it both cooked first and uncooked. I much prefer baking ahead and reheating, I think it tastes just fine.

And I am one of the few here that does not care for no cook noodles. In my experience, they turned to goo so I won't use them again.

Linda

    Bookmark   May 6, 2011 at 2:59PM
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Bumblebeez SC Zone 7

I don't care for no boil noodles much either, Linda. I much prefer the regular noodles boiled for a very short time even if it is more time consuming.
After cooking, I immediately separate them onto a cookie sheet to prevent them from sticking. No rinsing.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2011 at 5:40PM
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dgkritch

Regular noodles, assembled dry, extra sauce.
I don't like the no-boil ones either.

Baked and reheated or baked fresh on Saturday. It's all good.
But then I'm not the pickiest eater in the world....

Deanna

    Bookmark   May 6, 2011 at 10:29PM
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