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If you are making lasagna at home, you are almost always going to have leftovers. Lasagna is one of those dishes that cannot be made single serving.
It is a time-consuming but easy enough dish to make, so you might as well make a huge batch to enjoy for a long time.
Whether frozen or refrigerated, there are a couple of ways to reheat leftover lasagna that doesn’t end up dry, mushy, or burnt.
How To Reheat Lasagna in the Oven
Reheating lasagna in the oven results in a very satisfying lasagna dish that is warmed well, heated evenly, and with a delicious texture. To heat all the layers of lasagna you need to heat it slowly over low heat. This way the lasagna doesn’t get burnt and it doesn’t melt completely and get soggy.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Place the lasagna in a baking dish and sprinkle about 1-2 tablespoons of water or sauce over it.
- Cover the lasagna with aluminum foil.
- Heat the lasagna for around 20-30 minutes.
- Remove the foil from the lasagna for the last 10 minutes to brown the cheese a little.
- Once the cheese tarts bubbling, take the lasagna out.
- Serve hot.
- You can also reheat the lasagna in a toaster oven following the same method, just reduce the heat a little, maybe preheat the toaster oven to 325 degrees F.
- Adding sauce or water to the lasagna before heating keeps it from drying out.
- When you take the foil off to get the cheese to bubble and brown, you can add more cheese then for some extra taste and texture.
- You can also slice the lasagna into portions before heating it in the oven.
The oven works well for reheating large portions of lasagna. While it will have equally satisfying results for smaller portions, it is a lot of work. But the oven method does give you a great-tasting lasagna.
How To Reheat Lasagna in the Microwave
While reheating most things in the microwave results in an unappetizing texture, the lasagna however heats surprisingly well in the microwave. If you have a small portion of lasagna that needs to be reheated, then the microwave is your best bet.
- Slice your lasagna and place no more than 2 portions in a microwave-safe dish.
- Cover the lasagna with a damp paper towel.
- Heat the lasagna for 1 minute on full blast.
- Then continue heating at 30-second intervals till it reaches the desired temperature.
- Serve hot.
- Heating large portions of lasagna is not effective as the lasagna does not get heated completely or evenly.
- Do not overheat the lasagna as it will get chewy.
The microwave method of reheating gives you perfectly fine lasagna. It doesn’t taste as fresh as it does coming out of an oven, but the lasagna tastes good and the texture is not bad. The best part about this method is how quick and convenient it is. There is no extra prep or work that goes into it and it doesn’t take as long as the oven.
How To Reheat Lasagna in the Skillet
This isn’t the ideal way to reheat lasagna, but it works in a pinch. While heating lasagna in a skillet can cause it to dry out or even get burnt, when done with some extra care, it results in some deliciously warm lasagna.
- Preheat a skillet over medium heat.
- Add some olive oil to the skillet.
- Once it has warmed, add slices of lasagna to it.
- Lower the heat and warm the lasagna for a couple of minutes. Keep moving the slice around so that the bottom doesn’t burn and stick to the skillet.
- Remove once the lasagna is warmed through.
- Serve hot.
- Do not heat the lasagna on high heat as it is easy to get the bottom to burn while the rest of it gets soggy.
- If your lasagna is tightly packed, then you can flip the slices of lasagna to the side and warm it up. This will help heat the lasagna through.
The skillet is a simple and easy way to heat over leftover lasagna but be aware that the lasagna can dry out in the skillet. And if you don’t want it properly, the lasagna can burn at the bottom. It is also easy for the lasagna to get mushy and soggy if you overheat the lasagna and let the cheese melt completely.
How To Reheat Lasagna in the Air Fryer
The air fryer is an interesting way to reheat lasagna and is not a very common method. The lasagna is more on the crispy side but still delicious.
- Preheat the air fryer to 375 degrees F.
- Place slices of lasagna in the lined air fryer basket.
- Cover the lasagna in aluminum foil.
- Let it heat in the air fryer for about 5-10 minutes.
- Remove from the air fryer and allow the lasagna to rest for a bit.
- Serve hot.
- Make sure the air fryer basket is lined as it can get gooey and messy very easily.
- Covering the lasagna with foil helps keep it from drying up.
It is easy to reheat lasagna in the fryer. It does not take as long as the oven, but the result is quite satisfying. The air fryer does give it a crisper texture while heating the layers inside evenly. While it is not the best way to heat up lasagna it is quick and convenient.
If you are left with a big batch of leftover lasagna storing it correctly will let you enjoy it for a long time. Once your lasagna cools down it needs to be refrigerated within two hours. Transfer the lasagna to an airtight container and store it in the fridge. It will keep there for about 3-4 days.
If you are freezing lasagna, first either wrap it in aluminum foil or plastic wrap and then store it in an airtight, freezer-safe container. The lasagna will be good in the freezer for about 3 months.
If you want to reheat frozen lasagna, you need to first thaw it. Let the lasagna thaw overnight in the fridge. You can reheat it using any of the methods mentioned above, although reheating lasagna in the oven will give the best results.
If you have forgotten to thaw the lasagna overnight in the fridge, you can set it in the microwave and select the defrost option. You can also directly heat the frozen lasagna in the oven but know that it is going to take a longer time to heat up.