Lasagna is a famous Italian dish that almost all people enjoy, and why wouldn’t they? A layer of thin lasagna pasta, a layer of spiced minced meat, a layer of bechamel sauce, and a lot of cheese. The taste of lasagna will satisfy even the most refined tastes when it comes to food. Yes, lasagna is perfect when is freshly baked and warm, but when it cools down, it tends to dry out and become a bit too chewy. How to reheat lasagna in the oven without drying out?
It takes time to make homemade lasagna, even if you don’t make lasagna pasta on your own. Preparing meat sauce, grating cheese, cooking bechamel, it’s really a lot of effort, but that’s the effort that pays off when you put the wonderfully aromatic dish on the table. You’ll probably have some lasagna leftovers and reheating them is problematic for many people.
When lasagna cools of pasta (noodles) tend to absorb all the moisture from bechamel and meat sauce and cheese, leaving the dish a bit dry. Of course, you can preheat it like almost all other food, in the microwave, but that way lasagna will dry even more.
Maybe you could consider reheating lasagna in the oven, instead of the microwave, to avoid disappointment? How to reheat lasagna in the oven?
It’s really simple. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Even if you’re really hungry, resist the urge to preheat the oven to 400 or 500 degrees Fahrenheit. You’ll need a moderate temperature to heat up lasagna, but not to dry it. If you’re using a toaster oven, the temperature should be 325 degrees F.
Put lasagna in an oven-safe dish and cover it with aluminum foil. It doesn’t matter is it shiny or dull side of aluminum foil up. Both sides absorb heat equally well. Covering lasagna with aluminum foil will prevent drying out and leave your food moist and juicy. Put the dish in preheated oven for 30 minutes. When you take it out, after 30 minutes, if the sauce is boiling (creating little bubbles) your meal is ready!
This way you can reheat individual pieces as well as the entire lasagna.
How do you reheat lasagna without drying it out?
When you have lasagna leftovers the best way to store them overnight is in the refrigerator, but keeping lasagna refrigerated will make the pasta sheets absorb almost all moisture from sauces and cheese. To prevent drying out, before you start reheating lasagna, sprinkle it with some liquid – it can be water or even milk (as bechamel sauce contains milk).
After you pour liquid into lasagna, wrap the dish with aluminum foil, to prevent drying and put it in the preheated oven, in the way we described above.
Is it better to reheat lasagna in the oven or microwave?
Without a doubt, reheating lasagna in the oven is much much better than reheating it in the microwave. When reheated in the oven, lasagna will have the texture as it would have when it’s freshly baked and won’t dry out. If you put it in the microwave, you could end up with dry or mushy mess with ruined texture.