Keeping your family happy (and fed) at dinnertime is a balancing act. It's a fine line between making sure everyone's preferences and dietary restrictions are accommodated while also maintaining your sanity. There may never be one perfect solution, but this pan from Chicago Metallic can at least help with lasagna night.
Buy It!Chicago Metallic Professional Lasgana Trio Pan, $14
The idea is simple: The pan is divided into three sections, allowing you to make up to three different kinds of lasagna at once. (You don't even have to make three totally different recipes — you can just leave the meat out of one if you have a vegetarian friend coming over, for example.)
If you feel like we've talked about this pan before, we have. Here are three reasons we're writing about it again.
1. It's on sale for even less right now!
The last time we wrote about the pan, it was $16. Now, it's on sale for $14. For a pan that's usually $30, that's a pretty good deal!
2. You can make a whole meal in it.
You can use one section for lasagna (or baked ziti, or really any casserole), another section for roasted veggies, and the third for dessert (brownies!). And you'll just have the one dish to clean up at the end.
3. It's good for baking, too.
Bakers may find this trio pan a useful addition to their repertoire. The compartments are 12 inches long, making them good for shaping baguettes and sandwich rolls, as one review points out. Even if you want to bake it free-form, the pans can be a good place to let bread rise. Another reviewer even used her pan to create a three-layer "cake tower."