How long can I freeze a lasagna that I did not pre-cook?

by Eileen Doheny
(Arlington, VA)

I made 2 lasagnas for a party, one traditional, and the other a béchamel meat version. The snow storm cancelled our party.

We rescheduled for another date about 2 months out. Can I use those frozen lasagnas or should I eat them now and make new ones?

Answer:

Hello there - I've just finished discussing this question with the oracle of such pasta-matters, my mamma-in-law Marisa.

Here's what she suggests:

- Normal meat lasagna with tomato sauce can be kept in the fridge quite happily for up to 3 months.

(However, if you know you'll be making a lasagna in advance, Marisa suggests you don't cook it before freezing. Just make the sauce, layer up the lasagna as normal, and then freeze. Cook it once defrosted.)

- As for lasagna (or any pasta dish) that features milky bechamel sauce, this should not be frozen as this causes the sauce to break up and lose its consistency (not nice, trust me!).

Hope that helps!

Matt.

UPDATE: Download my new 'Freezing Lasagna' quick-guide from this page.

PS: To learn how to cook lasagna just like Marisa, check out my Pastastic cookbook. This full 125-page guide includes all her best recipes, explained in plain English by me, in easy-to-print format, and supplied with a big bunch of free extras. Ciao!

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