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To make great lasagna, of course you need quality ingredients and a reliable recipe, but the baking dish you use is also a key factor for success. For lasagna with many layers and a perfectly browned top and edges, the size and material of your pan are important. The array of choices available—glass, metal, or ceramic, square or rectangular—can be overwhelming, so we’ve done the research for you to help you find the right lasagna baking pan for your needs.
Large, 5 quart capacity
Resistant to thermal shock
Looks great from oven to table
Can potentially chip or crack
At 13 x 9 x 3 inches, this ceramic dish from a respected French brand has an almost 5-quart capacity that can hold at least three or four layers of lasagna. It’s made of a fired clay that’s highly resistant to thermal shock, meaning it can go straight from the freezer to the oven (or vice versa) without fear of breakage, and it can withstand extremely high temperatures, so if you like to pop your lasagna under the broiler for an extra-crispy top as the last step before serving, this is the pan for you. It comes with a 10-year warranty and is elegant enough to double as a serving dish.
Durable and shatterproof
Easy to clean nonstick surface
Not great for presentation
Susceptible to dings and dents
Although—at 2 inches deep—it can’t hold as many lasagna layers as some of our other picks, this low-priced option is long and wide at 14.5 x 11 inches. It’s made of dark and sturdy steel, which has the advantage of heating up more quickly and giving better browning than glass or ceramic. The wide handles make it easy to transfer into and out of the oven and the easy-to-clean coating, unlike some nonstick surfaces, can even be used with metal utensils, though it’s not as durable as enameled cast iron. Another bonus? It’s versatile—you can also use it for baking sheet cakes or roasting meats and vegetables.
Generous capacity and depth
Nonstick surface makes it easy to clean
Lightweight yet sturdy commercial quality
Too industrial for a beautiful table presentation
Lid not included
While most lasagna pans typically have a 2 to 2.5-inch depth, this sturdy design from USA Pan measures 13.75 x 10.5 x 3 inches so you can fit at least another layer or two of lasagna in. It is specifically designed to fit six lasagna noodles across the bottom and can hold nearly two full 1-pound boxes of lasagna noodles. It's perfect for feeding a hungry crowd and makes a hearty restaurant-style lasagna with impressive height that looks wonderful on a plate.
This pan is made from aluminized steel, giving it excellent heat conduction so your lasagna will cook evenly. The steel wire reinforced rim ensures that the pan will not warp in the oven, and the corrugated surface combined with USA Pan's proprietary non-toxic coating means food comes off the pan easily when serving and during cleanup. You can easily hand wash this, but it is also dishwasher safe with little need for presoaking.
Charming rustic style
Easy to clean
Microwave and dishwasher-safe
Only oven safe to 400 degrees
More fragile than metal pans
A pair of stoneware baking dishes with plenty of vintage-style charm, the Oven to Table Casserole Dish Set is perfect for serving directly from the oven to the table. The set includes a larger 13.5 x 10 x 3-inch pan that’s deep enough for multi-layered lasagna and an 11 x 9 x 2-inch pan that can hold smaller casseroles, side dishes, or a dessert. Made from easy-to-clean and heat-retaining ceramic, it’s available in several different rustic-chic colors and patterns, some with ruffled edges. As an added bonus: The dishes are both microwave- and dishwasher-safe, for convenient reheating of leftovers and quick cleanup.
Great for singles or couples
Comes in an assortment of fun colors
Microwave and dishwasher-safe
A little on the shallow side
For making the right amount of lasagna to feed a small family or a couple with leftovers, this 9-inch square ceramic baking dish is just the thing. It comes in several classic, bright colors, all stylish enough to present at the dinner table and designed to match other Fiestaware pieces.
It has a lead-free glaze and can go in the microwave when you want to heat up leftovers quickly. At 2.5 inches deep, it doesn’t hold as many layers as some of the larger pans, but it’s also the perfect size for baking brownies or other desserts.
Results in browned, crispy edges
Great for accommodating dietary restrictions
Also good for baking bread or meatloaf
Need to double check your lasagna noodle size to ensure proper fit
This unique metal pan features three separate wells, each 13 inches long, 3 inches wide, and 2.5 inches deep, perfectly sized to fit standard lasagna noodles. It’s a great solution for accommodating different tastes or dietary restrictions, trying out several different lasagna recipes at the same time, or even just making sure you get as many crispy edges as possible. The dark metal encourages browning and crisping and it has a durable nonstick coating for easy release and cleanup. In spite of its novelty, it’s not a single-use item—it can also be used for baking meatloaf, loaves of bread, cakes, or quick breads. Plus, it comes with a generous 25-year guarantee.
Super sturdy cast-iron construction
Great heat distribution and retention
Beautiful from oven to table
Heavy to lift in and out of oven
The French superstar of cast-iron Dutch oven makers also produces this large roaster in the same sturdy-yet-elegant materials. The nonstick enameled interior makes it easy to get your lasagna out and offers a durable, low-maintenance finish that doesn’t require seasoning and won’t discolor. Heavy-duty cast iron is good at heat distribution and retention, meaning this great for even cooking and keeping food warm for a long time. It has the disadvantage of being quite heavy, but the loop handles make it easy to grasp and lift, even through thick oven mitts.
At 15.8 x 10.2 x 2.8 inches, it’s big enough to hold large roasts and poultry and can even be used directly on a stove-top for frying and braising. It’s a bit of an investment, but it comes with a lifetime guarantee.
Non-reactive, easy to clean finish
Transparent glass makes it easy to monitor cooking
Sensitive to thermal shock
An economical and classic choice that will be a versatile staple in your kitchen, this 13 x 9 x 3-inch dish is much deeper than a typical baking dish, allowing for lasagna layers to expand without spilling over. The transparent tempered glass makes it easy to monitor cooking, won’t react with acidic ingredients like tomatoes, can be used with metal utensils, and keeps food warm outside the oven.
It’s also dishwasher safe and comes with a handy lid for easy storage of leftovers or transporting your lasagna to a gathering. It’s microwave-safe too, for easy reheating of leftovers. One caveat with tempered glass: You need to be careful with it because it’s sensitive to thermal shock—it can’t be transferred directly from the freezer to the oven, for example, and isn’t broiler-safe.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
Danette St. Onge, formerly the Italian Food Expert for The Spruce Eats, has baked enough lasagna in her lifetime to know which types of baking dishes work best for it. As a features editor at Cook’s Illustrated magazine (part of America’s Test Kitchen), she assisted with cooking equipment tests and reviews and has spent many hours scouring the Internet to find the best options currently available.