Despite not being an American dish, lasagna is one of the most beloved dishes in American homes. The layers of cheese, pasta, and sauce is iconic in our nation. Not only is a favorite dish for family dinners but it is also an excellent choice when serving a group of people.
What makes lasagna such a hit at gatherings?
Well for starters, everybody loves cheese. Even if you are lactose intolerant, I bet there has been a time in your life when you decided to eat something deliciously cheesy, even knowing the pain you were going to experience hours later.
When it comes to cheesy goodness, lasagna is the number one go to meal (after pizza maybe). Add some seasoned beef or veggies, tart and tangy tomato sauce, plus layers of al dente lasagna noodles… perfection.
A dish fit for a crowd
Plus you can make a huge amount, all at once and everybody gets a slice. So it’s not hard to understand why so many of us choose to serve lasagna at family functions. But what is the best pan to make this delicious dish in?
We are going to go through a few different dishes that are perfect baking lasagna in when you are feeding a large group of people.
Pyrex Bakeware 4.8 Quart Baking Dish
Let’s start off with the traditional baking dish. Pyrex is probably what you think when you think casserole dish. This one has a capacity of 4.8 quarts, so it is definitely large enough to hold the amount of lasagna you will need for a good amount of guests.
A brand you know and trust
The Pyrex name has been in the cooking field for more than 90 years ago. It is the original glass bakeware company, so anything you get from this company is backed by several decades of experience. Pyrex is extremely durable, but clear so you can see how the dish is looking from all directions. I’d say it is the industry leader in bakeware.
Non-toxic and made in the US
It is safe for oven use (of course it is if it weren’t we wouldn’t be using it to cook lasagna), the glass doesn’t leach chemicals or metallic odors into your foods. But most important it is made in the United States, ensuring high-quality craftsmanship.
Pyrex glass provides uniform heat conduction making sure that everything is baking at an equal rate. You also get a lid with this one. If you’re brining that lasagna to a potluck, you’re all set. But the best part of this Pyrex baking dish is the price. You get reliable, durable quality, but the price is totally reasonable.
Should you get this dish?
I think Pyrex is always going to be an industry leader in glass bakeware. It is exciting to see a company that has been in this industry for so long, still making great products. I love how large the dish is (15 inches by 10 inches by 2 inches) and love how easy it is to clean the high-quality glass.
Baker’s Edge Simple Lasagna Pan
One of the more innovative lasagna pans you’ll see, the Baker’s Edge is awesome because it makes almost every piece an edge piece (everybody knows, the edges of lasagna are always the best).
Like their brownie pan, but larger
This design is very similar to the brownie pan that is made by Baker’s Edge, the difference is in the dimensions. The Baker’s Edge lasagna pan is wider than the brownie pan, deeper than the brownie pan, and has 50 percent more volume than the pan for brownies does. (But if you’re looking for a brownie pan, you can guess which one I recommend. Edge brownies for everyone!)
Smart design for neater serving
In addition to making every piece an edge piece, the design of the pan keeps the layers neatly stacked. In conventional pans, as you serve more pieces of lasagna, the layers tend to slide, the sauce tends to spread, the cheese oozes. Eventually the lasagna just looks messy. Here everything looks neat and appetizing down to the last slice.
The anodized cast aluminum has a non-stick coating making your life just a little bit easier when it is time to clean up.
Should you purchase this product?
The Baker’s Edge brownie pan has been a rousing success. If the makers of that pan were able to bring their magic touch to the lasagna pan, then this is going to be one of the best baking pans you could own when serving this meal to a group of people.
Emile Henry Modern Classics Large Rectangular Baker
This pan is a good size (though not as big as the Pyrex) measuring in at 13 inches by 9 inches. It has been in production since the 1850’s in one capacity or another. It comes with a 10-year guarantee protecting against defects in manufacturing.
This looks like a classic old-world style ceramic baking dish and comes in a number of attractive colors from the crisp and clean white to a rouge red or twilight blue. It’s made from Emile Henry’s high-resistance Burgundy clay that can go from oven to fridge or table without cracking.
Durable, easy clean finish
Another terrific aspect of this set is that it is so easy to clean up. The Emile Henry Large baking pan is dishwasher safe. It is durable and scratch resistant, it has a very hard glaze that kind of makes this pan almost invincible. Plus it is capable of reaching up to 520ºF, so you will never have to worry about subjecting this to too much heat and ruining it.
Should you buy this one?
The fact that France has been making this lasagna dish since 1850 gives you confidence that it’s got years of quality behind it. It just looks and feels like a family heirloom type of pan. One that will show years of use and get better with time. When your grandkids are using it make your famous lasagna recipe, picking this up now will be worth it.
Wrap – Up
My personal favorite lasagna dish in this lineup is the Baker’s Edge lasagna dish. I love it because it is large enough for several people. And has a design that makes nearly every bite of lasagna an edge piece. I think edge pieces are easily the best part of lasagna therefore this is the best pan.