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I'm fixing Christmas dinner for my family this year. We're having a pasta
Christmas. I'm baking two large pans of lasagna at the same time. Anything
special to watch out for? One pan is supposed to bake for 1 hour at temp,
anything to do different if I bake two at the same time?
Thanks Jerry
post #2 of 12

Re: Cooking two pans of lasagna

News.TheRamp.net wrote:
> I'm fixing Christmas dinner for my family this year. We're having a pasta
> Christmas. I'm baking two large pans of lasagna at the same time. Anything
> special to watch out for? One pan is supposed to bake for 1 hour at temp,
> anything to do different if I bake two at the same time?
> Thanks Jerry
>
>


you might need to cook them for a little longer, or not.

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post #3 of 12

Re: Cooking two pans of lasagna

News.TheRamp.net wrote:
> I'm fixing Christmas dinner for my family this year. We're having a pasta
> Christmas. I'm baking two large pans of lasagna at the same time. Anything
> special to watch out for? One pan is supposed to bake for 1 hour at temp,
> anything to do different if I bake two at the same time?


The only thing I can think of is that if the pans don't fit on the same
shelf they will bake at slightly different temps (higher shelf hotter),
so you might want to reverse their positions halfway through. -aem
post #4 of 12

Re: Cooking two pans of lasagna

News.TheRamp.net wrote:
> I'm fixing Christmas dinner for my family this year. We're having a pasta
> Christmas. I'm baking two large pans of lasagna at the same time. Anything
> special to watch out for? One pan is supposed to bake for 1 hour at temp,
> anything to do different if I bake two at the same time?
> Thanks Jerry


Time and temperature should be the same whether you bake 1 or 2 pans of
lasagna. I would try to put them on the same rack though. If you
can't then you may want to switch them around about halfway through the
cooking time.
post #5 of 12

Re: Cooking two pans of lasagna

"News.TheRamp.net" wrote:

> I'm fixing Christmas dinner for my family this year. We're having a pasta
> Christmas. I'm baking two large pans of lasagna at the same time. Anything
> special to watch out for? One pan is supposed to bake for 1 hour at temp,
> anything to do different if I bake two at the same time?
>


It should not take any longer than it would take for one tray, provided that
the trays are roughly the same dimension. There may be a slight increase in
the time that you oven burner is on to maintain the temperature, but it is not
like a large roast where it takes longer for the heat to penetrate the flesh.
post #6 of 12

Re: Cooking two pans of lasagna

"News.TheRamp.net" <jfmurph@theramp.net> looking for trouble wrote in
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> I'm fixing Christmas dinner for my family this year. We're having a
> pasta Christmas. I'm baking two large pans of lasagna at the same
> time. Anything special to watch out for? One pan is supposed to bake
> for 1 hour at temp, anything to do different if I bake two at the same
> time?
> Thanks Jerry


It depends on your oven. Do you have racks in the oven or 2 separate
ovens? If using 2 separate ovens just back at 350 for about an hour. I
cover mine and remove the foil the last 15 minutes of baking.

If you are using one oven with racks, rotate the lasagne pans every so
often, especially when browning the last 15 minutes. If the top pan is
getting too brown, move it to the bottom rack and move the one on the
bottom rack to the top rack.

I am cursed with a single oven so I have to do roataion if making more than
one pan of lasagne. It seems to work fine.

Michael

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post #7 of 12

Re: Cooking two pans of lasagna

News.TheRamp.net wrote:

> I'm fixing Christmas dinner for my family this year. We're having a pasta
> Christmas. I'm baking two large pans of lasagna at the same time. Anything
> special to watch out for? One pan is supposed to bake for 1 hour at temp,
> anything to do different if I bake two at the same time?
> Thanks Jerry
>
>



It depends on your oven. Ideally, it will take the same amount of time
as cooking just one, but you should switch them once halfway thru if
they are on different oven racks.

The first time tou try it, you'll need to watch them closer than you
would just one pan because the hot air will not circulate as well --
they may cook too fast on the bottom and try to burn. I would probably
turn the oven down 25 or 50 degrees and expect them to take an extra 1/2
hour.

You can ignore all of this if it's a "convection oven"; turn on the
little fan and cook as normal.

Best regards,
Bob
post #8 of 12

Re: Cooking two pans of lasagna

"News.TheRamp.net" <jfmurph@theramp.net> wrote in message
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> I'm fixing Christmas dinner for my family this year. We're having a pasta
> Christmas. I'm baking two large pans of lasagna at the same time. Anything
> special to watch out for? One pan is supposed to bake for 1 hour at temp,
> anything to do different if I bake two at the same time?
> Thanks Jerry
>


Probably bake a bit longer. Switch the pan positions once or twice, and
rotate them a few times.


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post #9 of 12

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"aem" <aem_again@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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>
> News.TheRamp.net wrote:
>> I'm fixing Christmas dinner for my family this year. We're having a pasta
>> Christmas. I'm baking two large pans of lasagna at the same time.
>> Anything
>> special to watch out for? One pan is supposed to bake for 1 hour at temp,
>> anything to do different if I bake two at the same time?

>
> The only thing I can think of is that if the pans don't fit on the same
> shelf they will bake at slightly different temps (higher shelf hotter),
> so you might want to reverse their positions halfway through. -aem
>

If you have convection in your oven, would that take care of the circulation
problem?
Dee Dee
post #10 of 12

Re: Cooking two pans of lasagna

"Dee Randall" <deedovey@shentel.net> wrote in message
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> > The only thing I can think of is that if the pans don't
> > fit on the same shelf they will bake at slightly different
> > temps (higher shelf hotter), so you might want to reverse
> > their positions halfway through.


> If you have convection in your oven, would that take
> care of the circulation problem?


It's *supposed* to, but I find my convection oven still has hot areas (the
front and back of the shelf where the air "wraps around"). If I were
cooking two pans of lasagna, I'd at least rotate the pans 180 degrees about
halfway through cooking.

I don't know if this is a common problem with convection ovens or just this
particular model.
-j
post #11 of 12

Re: Cooking two pans of lasagna

On Wed, 14 Dec 2005 16:46:24 -0500, Dave Smith wrote:

>"News.TheRamp.net" wrote:
>
>> I'm fixing Christmas dinner for my family this year. We're having a pasta
>> Christmas. I'm baking two large pans of lasagna at the same time. Anything
>> special to watch out for? One pan is supposed to bake for 1 hour at temp,
>> anything to do different if I bake two at the same time?
>>

>
>It should not take any longer than it would take for one tray, provided that
>the trays are roughly the same dimension. There may be a slight increase in
>the time that you oven burner is on to maintain the temperature, but it is not
>like a large roast where it takes longer for the heat to penetrate the flesh.
>


If you do not use uncooked pasta in your lasagna, you are just warming
it up. Put both pans in the oven, until warm. ( I go for when the
cheese throughout is bubbling. Of course I use a glass pan.)
post #12 of 12

Re: Cooking two pans of lasagna

Regardless of how you go about cooking the two pans of lasagna, i'd
suggest using an instant-read thermometer to ensure the internal temps.
remain consistant and rotate or relocate as needed. Kev
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