Your, mine and everyone’s favourite: Lasagna. Lasagna , a dish made of stacked layers of thin flat pasta, that originated in Naples Italy during the Middle Ages is today a universal craving. Whether it’s a houseparty, a family get together or your special time with your special one, lasagna can be served on every occasion. But if you think of preparing lasagna right before the occasion you not only lose time and energy but also end up creating a lot of mess all over the kitchen.
Here comes frozen lasagne to your saviour. But the most important thing that you need to have focus on is how to cook frozen lasagna. So here I am going to brief you about some simple ways of cooking frozen lasagna , tips that will help you to get the best creamy texture.
First of all you have to decide whether you want to have a store bought lasagna or you want to make it yourself and reheat it later. And according to that you will get to know about the specific process that you need to follow.
Store bought lasagna are best for you if you don’t have time to do all the efforts in making lasagna. Store bought lasagna don’t take much time in thawing as they are meant to be cooked right after coming out of the freezer. You just have to put your lasagna into the oven ,cook it for around 45 minutes, pull it out, remove the plastic covering , and then cook it for 25 minutes more. Once the top layer turns brown and the cheese gets caramelized your cuisine is ready to be served. The optimum temperature is usually mentioned on the packaging if it’s not there 375degrees to 400 degrees will work well for you.
If you are having an unbaked and frozen lasagna you must thaw your lasagna overnight and then bake it in the oven and your dish will be ready in just one hour. However if you skip the thawing process you have to spend more time reheating the dish. Set the temperature around 25 degrees, it will take around 30 minutes more than it’s cooking time. You can check with a knife if it’s done or not. If the central part is not hot enough, heat it for some more time.
If you are making a baked and frozen lasagna it’s very important to preheat the oven before putting the lasagna into it. Keep checking the oven regularly, once you observe the bubbly texture of the sauce and hot centre remove it from the oven. It will take twice it’s cooking time. Preparation methods will also vary according to what you are using, oven or microwave convection.
If you are using an aven you have to thaw the lasagna overnight, preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Wrap your lasagna in aluminum foil and put it in the oven. Once you see the fillings sizzle, take your dish out, and check its internal temperature using a kitchen thermometer if its centre feels 165 °F, your cuisine is well-done. Now remove the foil and cook it for ten minutes, until the first layer is caramelized.
Microwave convection comes with an advantage it can do both jobs: defrosting and cooking Put the lasagna on a microwave-safe tray. Cover the dish using a wax paper or microwave-safe plastic wrap. Thaw the lasagna by defrosting the microwave. Once defrosting is done, turn the full power on . It will take only 2 or 3 minutes for a small sized dish and longer for more substantial portions. You can use the kitchen thermometer to check the internal temperature. If it’s 165°F your job is done. Well, I think you have all your doubts cleared. Now keeping these things in mind, go and have your best shot at cooking frozen Lasagna.