5 Things You Need for Wildly Better Lasagna

updated May 1, 2019
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We know: You already make pretty good lasagna. But what if you could make it wildly better? We’re talking the difference here between lasagna and ah-mazing lasagna. Now you’re listening?

We’ve come up with a list of five things you need in order to make this happen. Some items on the list are little gadgets that’ll make a big difference, while others are straight-up tips. Try some of these out and let us know how it goes.

1. A Bit of Creativity

Lasagna isn’t just noodles, meat, cheese, and sauce. It can be, of course, but it doesn’t have to be! There are so many different ways to make a lasagna! You can make a cheesy one with mushrooms and chicken, a lasagna that’s fit for Thanksgiving, an all-veggie one, or whatever you want! There are no wrong answers here.

Get inspired: 15 Luxurious Lasagnas to Feed a Crowd

2. A Special Pan

We hate telling you guys that you need to buy special equipment in order to make something, so you know that we must really believe this pan is necessary if we’re going to go out of our way to recommend it here. Not only does it allow you to make up to three different types of lasagna (see above), but it also makes it so that every single serving has at least two edges, which everyone knows is the absolute best. And you can use it the next time you make brownies, too.

3. No-Boil Noodles

If you’re making a dessert lasagna or subbing in zoodles, you can clearly skip this, but if you’re going with traditional pasta, we’ve got a suggestion for you. Go with no-boil noodles and save yourself a step. (Note: You may have to trim the noodles to fit that special pan we featured above.) We actually think the no-boil stuff tastes better in this context, too. Just don’t skimp on the sauce! No-boil noodles are thirsty for sauce and you don’t want your dish to come out dry.

Buy: 365 Everyday Value No-Boil Lasagna, $2.50 for 16 ounces

4. Aluminum Foil

In our opinion, lasagna only gets better as it sits. Plus, it’s hard to beat the convenience of a make-ahead meal. You’ll just need a sheet of sturdy aluminum foil to cover the pan and you’ll be good to go. Our recommended roll? Reynolds Wrap Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil. If you want to know why we stand by this name-brand roll, read this: Our Favorite Aluminum Foil Is a Classic for a Reason.

Buy: Reynolds Wrap Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil, $11 for 130-square-foot roll

5. A Good Cheese Grater

Fresh-out-of-the-oven lasagna (and almost all other foods) practically begs for an additional sprinkling of cheese. Skip the pre-grated stuff you can buy at the store and grate a block of Parm yourself. You’ll just need a quality grater, and Microplane is the best in the biz. Prices are decent, too. This $10 guy, which you can also use to zest citrus or grate garlic, will turn cheese into fluffy clouds that’ll melt almost instantly upon landing.

What other tools or tricks do you swear by when making lasagna? Got a spatula you love? Or secret ingredient? Tell us in the comments below.