Learn How to Quickly Reheat Lasagna in Four Different Ways

Lasagna is undeniably one of the best classic Italian dishes. Many cooks make big batches whenever they prepare lasagna because it is a very time-consuming recipe. However, having leftovers can let you enjoy the dish for a long time. As long as you store it properly in the fridge or in your freezer, then you should be all good. Reheating, then, is all that is left to it.

When storing, be sure to do so within 2 hours after serving. Keep the leftovers in the fridge with a temperature of 40 degrees or lower. This allows you to eat the lasagna for another four days or so. Storing it in the freezer further extends its edibility.

how to quickly reheat lasagna

Do not leave leftover lasagna at room temperature, since this can promote the growth of harmful bacteria and render the dish unsafe for consumption. The golden rule in food safety is: when in doubt, throw it out.

There are various ways on how to reheat lasagna. The most convenient ways are by simply using your microwave or a traditional oven. Find out what steps you need to take, as well as two more non-conventional reheating methods, by reading more below.

How to Reheat Lasagna Using a Microwave

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1. Take out your lasagna from the fridge or freezer.

2. Slice out the portion that you want to reheat and transfer into a microwave-safe container.

3. Add some marinara sauce if there’s still some left. If you don’t have any, simply add a little water on it. This helps prevent excessive drying of the pasta.

4. Place a lid on the container.

5. Turn on the heat on High for about a minute. This may vary between different microwave models. You can tell that it is done when the cheese or sauce has started to become bubbly. Alternatively, you can check using a meat thermometer. Aim for an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

6. Serve and enjoy!

How to Reheat Lasagna Using an Oven

This method is better than using a microwave if you want to reheat larger portions.

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1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

2. Transfer your selected portion onto a dish.

3. Add some marinara sauce or plain water over the lasagna (this depends on how big the portion is) to prevent dryness.

4. Cover it with aluminum foil.

5. Bake for about half an hour, or until it starts to appear bubbly. Again, you can check with a meat thermometer and aim for 165 degrees.

6. Transfer to a serving dish and dig in!

How to Reheat Lasagna Using a Skillet

#Version 1

Here’s a novel approach to reheating lasagna, taking inspiration from fine dining restaurants and professional chefs.

1. Take out the lasagna from the fridge.

2. Slice it up into “slabs” (cubes). You can decide on what size you prefer.

3. Heat a little bit of oil on a skillet. If you use a nonstick or cast iron skillet, the better. This will help reduce any sticking along the way.

4. Cook the slabs of lasagna on the skillet. As you go on, you’ll notice some of the cheese oozing slowly from the middle layers. This will create a sort of lacy and crispy brownish area, which will fuse the other layers of lasagna together. You’ll end up with one whole unit bound solidly.

5. Once you are happy with the sear, you can transfer onto a dish.

6. If you want a bit of moisture, simply smear it with leftover sauce or some marinara.

7. Serve and enjoy!

#Version 2

This version is even more “fun” than the previous one. This is perfect for having guests and family over for dinner or other special occasions.

1. Take out the lasagna from the fridge.

2. Slice it up into “slabs” (cubes). You can decide on what size you prefer.

3. If the edges are a little rough, feel free to trim them off to make them even and pretty.

4. Lay the slabs on their sides and then stick a skewer through them.

5. Fry them (skewered) in a flat top or a shallow pan.

6. Once seared perfectly, serve them on a platter for everyone to enjoy.

You can pair this with your favorite sauce for dipping, too!

How to Reheat Lasagna Using a Waffle Maker

Wait... WHAT?!

Yep. You read that right. We’re going to cook some lasagna in a waffle machine. It doesn’t get more exciting than this.

how to reheat lasagna using a waffle maker

1. Take out your leftover lasagna.

2. Slice it up into portions similar to the size of waffle portions (depending on your machine).

3. Place the lasagna into the waffle area.

4. Cook it using the waffle machine, as if you were cooking waffle batter.

5. Voila! You’ve got your very own waffle lasagna... or is it lasagna waffles?

 Lasagna is a real treat, even when it is just reheated from leftover dishes. From the methods explained above, it’s not hard to see that you can reheat it easily and conveniently. And if you’ve got a bit of imagination, then you can explore more possibilities and have some fun in the kitchen. Which ways on how to reheat lasagna did you like the best?

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