Yes, it is possible to reheat lasagna without drying it out. It can be a bit tricky BUT don’t worry because we got you covered with step-by-step instructions and tips.
We love pasta in this house. We are big fans of lasagna and I even make an easy dinner that is pasta, zucchini, and goat cheese.
When it comes to reheating lasagna the concern is always that we will wind up overcooking the noodles and they will be mushy or even worse, turn out oddly crunchy. You can reheat it though, I promise.
It may never be exactly the same as it was fresh out of the oven but we can get it darn close.
An important tip up front that can make a huge difference in how leftover lasagna taste is to store it properly from the start.
We give you some tips and tricks below but the biggest one is to store it in an airtight container as quickly after eating that first serving as you can.
How Long Does Leftover Lasagna Last in The Fridge?
Leftover lasagna can last up to a week in the fridge. If you keep the leftover lasagna in an airtight container and then store it in the fridge, it can easily last for a week.
The container prevents any excess moisture from getting in and also keeps contaminants out, which is why the lasagna can last so long.
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Tips and Tricks
How to Reheat Lasagna Without Drying It Out
The best way to reheat lasagna is in a skillet. The technique prevents it from drying out and you can still savor the flavor.
We recommend that you use a smaller 8” skillet if you are only heating up one serving. If you are heating up 2 or 3 servings a time feel free to use the 12” skillet. The reason is that we want to fill the bottom of the skillet with a combination of water and pasta sauce.
Gather your tools:
Gather your ingredients:
- ¼ c water
- ½ c pasta sauce
- serving of leftover lasagna
- Place the skillet on medium to high heat.
- Add a bit of water and pasta sauce in the skillet. Use a mixture of ¼ part water and ¾ part pasta sauce. You want enough to fill the skillet about ¼” in depth.
- Add the servings of lasagna. (The layers will absorb the sauce and make the sheets soft again.)
- Bring it to a simmer. Cover with a lid.
- Cook it for 15 minutes.
- Remove the lid and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
Can You Reheat Lasagna Twice?
That is the most important question, and for a long time, I worried that reheating lasagna more than once will just mess it up. However, I decided to experiment a bit and got the best results.
I reheat the lasagna at 165oF because it kills any bacteria present in the food. However, I did feel that the quality of the food declined after reheating it more than once.
So, my recommendation is to try to finish the leftover lasagna after you reheat it once. But you can also reheat it twice if the need arises.
How to Reheat Lasagna
Fortunately, there are a few ways you can reheat lasagna without having to compromise on flavor.
1. How to Reheat Lasagna in an Oven
Reheating lasagna in the oven is an excellent way to get it as close to the original flavor and texture as possible.
2. How to Reheat Lasagna in an Air Fryer
We recommend that you put the serving of lasagna in a small pan such as a loaf pan for reheating it in the air fryer. This helps keep it from making a big mess in your air fryer. If you don’t have a small enough pan then just wrap it in foil.
3. How to Reheat Lasagna in a Microwave
The Bottom Line
Since it takes much effort to make lasagna, I always wanted to find the most suitable way to reheat it. And thankfully, after I came across these methods, the process became quite easy.
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- Preheat oven at 350oF.
- Put the serving of lasagna in an oven-safe pan with high sides.
- Cover it with aluminum foil.
- Place it in the middle of the rack.
- Reheat it for 25 minutes and then check to see if it 165 F internal temperature. If it isn’t heated through yet keep heating for up to another 15 minutes.