HOME > Chowhound > Home Cooking >
What are you cooking today? Get great advice
TELL US

Prep Lasagna ahead of time

s
ShogunCT Mar 25, 2009 09:21 AM

I'm planning on assembling a meat and cheese lasagna on Thursday night of this week, but don't plan to bake it until Saturday. Does anyone think this will adversely effect the taste or texture of the lasagna after baking?

Shogun

  1. r
    RosemaryHoney Mar 25, 2009 11:09 AM

    I had your same question a few months ago, and ended up doing a little experiment, which I posted about on this board, but basically I made 2 sausage and spinach lasagnes (with pre-cooked noodles) and baked one that night and froze the other one without baking. I froze some of the immediately-baked one. Later, I fully defrosted the unbaked one and baked it. In the end, niether my husband nor I could detect any difference between the immediately-baked, immediately-baked then frozen, and unbaked one. So...I'd say go with whichever is most convenient for you...but do note that this "test" was done with pre-cooked noodles, which may make a difference in light of what above posters say about mushy noodles...wasn't a problem in either of my lasagnes, but could be if they are the "no-bake" kind.

    1. kchurchill5 Mar 25, 2009 09:34 AM

      Totally agree with jenhen2. I do that a lot. Sometimes and I mean some times if it sits a couple of days the noodles can soak up a lot of the juice of the sauce. I have added a little chicken broth in the pan to add a little of moisture. A couple of times when I let it set that long it seemed drier to me. 1/2 way through the cooking I just checked and noticed it was a bit drier. So now, If it sets over 24 hrs I add about 1/2 cup maybe a bit more along the edges so it seeps in. It just added some moisture and worked great. But yes, bring to room temp and bake away. It should be perfect.

      1. k
        KiltedCook Mar 25, 2009 09:30 AM

        I would not assemble without baking. Make it, bake it, then store it covered in the fridge. It's always better the "second" day anyway.

        3 Replies
        1. re: KiltedCook
          chowser Mar 25, 2009 09:43 AM

          I agree. If you let it sit unbaked, the noodles get oddly mushy. It's like leaving dry pasta in water for a few days.

          1. re: chowser
            kchurchill5 Mar 25, 2009 09:45 AM

            Beat me to that. I was just replying when I saw the post. If possible bake ahead most of the way through about 3/4 and then reheat. KiltedCook and Chowser, beat me too that. I realize after I posted I forgot to add that. Absolutely the best way.

            1. re: kchurchill5
              s
              ShogunCT Mar 27, 2009 05:56 AM

              I went ahead and did assembled the lasagna last night and cooked it approx. 3/4 way through. Thanks everyone for all the advice.

        2. j
          jenhen2 Mar 25, 2009 09:29 AM

          Nope. It'll be great and probably will give the flavors time to meld. My only advice would be to bring to room temp before baking, otherwise the cheese can get a little overdone, IMO. Enjoy - sounds delish!

          Show Hidden Posts