Lasagna pan / roaster for small oven

jennNovember 21, 2011

We have an old (late-60s) double oven and each one is small, measuring just 17x17" inside. I'm looking for a new non-aluminum lasagna pan that will fit in this oven. I'd also like a nice roasting pan but the handles must be the type that stand upright rather than outward. It would be nice to find one pan for the same purposes.

Since a roasting pan should have 2 inches between the edges of the pan and the walls of the oven, that amounts to a roasting pan no longer than 13 inches.

It's just the two of us and we don't cook huge turkeys for large groups. I can use both ovens to cook two pans of lasagna. So, I really don't need a huge pan, just a good one that fits in this oven.

I don't mind paying more for lasting quality. I've read comments about new Pyrex dishes exploding in the oven (and that they're using a different material in their glass now). Quality stoneware or stainless steel is what I'm looking for - NOT aluminum or non-stick.

Can anyone make any recommendations?

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foodonastump

Mario Batali's enameled cast iron lasagna/roaster might fit the bill. If this is the same one I have, the dimensions are a bit misleading. 9x13 are internal dimentions, it's more like 9.75x15.75 when you include the lipped handles. But they're curved so I don't think they'd impede airflow too much. Probably fine in your oven.

Here is a link that might be useful: at crate and barrel - but i payed less somewhere

    Bookmark   November 21, 2011 at 12:33PM
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jenn

Thank you -- that's one I've seen and am considering. I love the beautiful color, simple design and the deep sides.

    Bookmark   November 21, 2011 at 12:37PM
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triciae

Cuisinart has one slightly less expensive & also a bit smaller. I like the red one better! (smile)

/tricia

Here is a link that might be useful: Cuisinart Cast Iron

    Bookmark   November 21, 2011 at 12:50PM
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mustangs81

I have that pan ($38 on Amazon God Box Deal) on a recommendation from AnnT. I love it when I am making a VERY LARGE lasagna because it is so deep.

What I am on the look out for is a deep lasagna pan that I can use for just the two of us--like a loaf pan but with straight not slanted sides. I want to make several lasagnas, freeze them, Foodsaver them, then pull out of freezer as needed.

    Bookmark   November 21, 2011 at 12:53PM
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grainlady_ks

In order to save space in the oven, I've often used my stainless steel 9x13-inch cake pan (similar to the one at the link below) or my stainless steel lasagna pan for roasting a small turkey or turkey breast in for years. I nearly always roast in an oven bag (I get a lot more drippings/juice that way), so being shallow isn't a problem when it comes to splattering, and the meat is self-basting in the bag so no foil tent necessary.

-Grainlady

Here is a link that might be useful: Stainless Steel Cake Pan and Cover - Amazon.com

    Bookmark   November 21, 2011 at 1:23PM
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jenn

Thank you for the suggestions!

mustangs: Which one do you have (two different pans are recommended prior to your reply).

    Bookmark   November 21, 2011 at 3:43PM
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mustangs81

Jenn, Sorry, Tricia and I were posting at the same time. I have Mario Batali's enameled cast iron lasagna pan.

    Bookmark   November 21, 2011 at 4:15PM
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jenn

Thanks mustangs; I've had my eye on that one for the size and appearance. I'll look for a good deal on it --- lucky you! :)

    Bookmark   November 21, 2011 at 4:23PM
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Bumblebeez SC Zone 7

I have the Batili pan also and while it is a little pricey, well worth it. I certainly didn't get Mustangs price although I got a good deal through Amazon. I have the orange and will be baking the Thanksgiving dressing in it.

    Bookmark   November 21, 2011 at 4:28PM
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mustangs81

I was luck because I recognized the hint that Amazon gives for the daily deals. My penalty for getting the great price was having to get it in greencolor>. Also, I sat on the Amazon website for 50 minutes to make sure that I hit the "add to cart" button 1 second after it was available--I think there were only 3 offered.

    Bookmark   November 21, 2011 at 4:40PM
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Bumblebeez SC Zone 7

I noticed Amazon doesn't carry the pan anymore, it's unavailable.
Mustangs, I've done crazy stuff like that before! It can be worth it and it's fun. For 38, definitely!
I paid 138 for the roaster and 5 quart dutch oven, bought at the same time w/free shipping, of course

    Bookmark   November 21, 2011 at 5:40PM
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bbstx

Today only (until 11:59 PT, 11/22/11), Williams Sonoma has free shipping on select items. One item is a Le Creuset Stoneware pan. It is also marked down. There are several sizes, but the largest 9 x 12 is $55. Below is the link.

Here is a link that might be useful: WS Le Creuset Stoneware pan

    Bookmark   November 22, 2011 at 6:09AM
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jenn

I've read good things about Emile Henry pans, this one is 11 x 14.5 and safe up to 500 degrees.

Here is a link that might be useful: Emile Henry baking dish

    Bookmark   November 23, 2011 at 11:05AM
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bbstx

jenn, Aldi has enameled cast iron on sale next week. Here is their description of their roaster/lasagna pan:

Kitchen Living Roasting Pan
$19.99
13" x 9" x 2.6"
Compare to Le Creuset
High-Quality Cast Iron Cookware. Exclusively at ALDI.
Available in Red or Blue
Porcelain Enamel Coated
Perfect Results With Cast Iron Cookware
- Distributes heat evenly and has excellent heat retention
- No need to season the cookware before using or after
washing
- Coating is sealed; will not absorb other flavors or odors
Two-year manufacturer's limited warranty.

Here is a link that might be useful: Aldi ad

    Bookmark   November 23, 2011 at 8:58PM
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jenn

Thank you for the additional suggestions. I am also looking at the Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron Rectangular Baking Dish. I don't own any LC cook/bakeware but have read so many raves about it here. This one can go from freezer to oven and even handle stovetop cooking for making gravy. It is a very heavy dish (even without food) and $$$, but would serve dual roles as lasagna pan and roaster. I have 2 Amazon.com gift cards (and possibly one more on the way for Christmas!) so that would help quite a bit.

I haven't been able to determine if it can take high heat in the oven (500F).... does anyone know?

Can anyone comment on this dish and if the extra price is worth it?

    Bookmark   November 30, 2011 at 11:42AM
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happyday

Bbstx, thanks for the heads up about the Aldis sale. I now have a beautiful new red roasting pan, will use it to make cornbread, maybe learn how to make casserole. I wanted the fry pan too, but it wasn't enameled on the inside, just black seasoned.

    Bookmark   November 30, 2011 at 6:50PM
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Teresa_MN

Jenn - this week Aldi has the porcelain clad cast iron cookware. They have a pan that looks just like the pic that FOAS posted. Many people here rave about the quality of these pieces. I think the pan is either $19.99 or $29.99.

Teresa

    Bookmark   November 30, 2011 at 6:58PM
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lindac

Jenn...I couldn't in good concience buy that $200 Le Cruset pan when aldi has one so similar for $20...
I have my share of le C....perhaps more than my share..;-B but that's a lotta moolah for a baking pan without a lid....no matter how sexy!

    Bookmark   November 30, 2011 at 7:01PM
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coconut_nj

I'm not a big Rachel Ray fan, but her stoneware lasagna pan is 9x13 and might work well for you. It has those nice big handle holes and they're upright. It's also fairly thin for stoneware so would be a lot lighter than cast iron and even other nice stoneware. If weight is not a consideration, I'd probably check out the Aldi's offerings. I have a number of le Cruset, but I also have several low cost enameled cast iron pots and they've worked quite well for years.

Here is a link that might be useful: blue lasagna pan/other colors available

    Bookmark   November 30, 2011 at 11:21PM
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jenn

Regarding the Aldi cookware... in comparing it with LC I don't see a temperature range for the Aldi or if it can go on the stove top for gravy. LC's pan is safe up to 500F.

Teresa - I don't see all the information you listed on the Aldi site -- where did you find that?

    Bookmark   December 1, 2011 at 12:46PM
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soonergrandmom

It's a promotional item this week.

Here is a link that might be useful: Aldi Cookware

    Bookmark   December 1, 2011 at 1:35PM
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jenn

Well I was all set to get the Aldi roasting pan, but there isn't an Aldi store anywhere in my state of California! :-(

    Bookmark   December 6, 2011 at 12:00PM
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