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To make great lasagna, quality ingredients and a reliable recipe are of the utmost importance, 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.
Read on for the best lasagna bakeware pans to help you build your most impressive layered pasta bake yet.
Best Overall: Emile Henry HR Modern Classics Large Rectangular Baker
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 high-fired Burgundian 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. It can also 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 was pretty difficult to find much to complain about when it comes to this baker, but our tester did note that it is heavier than some pans of the same size. That being said, it performs brilliantly, is elegant enough to double as a serving dish, and comes backed with a 10-year warranty.
Material: Ceramic | Size: 13 x 9 x 3 inches | Oven Max: 520 degrees | Dishwasher Safe: Yes | Microwave Safe: Yes
"This pan is making us rethink our exclusive use of metal baking pans since it’s also lovely for serving the baked goods at the table." — Donna Currie, Product Tester
Best Budget: Wilton Bake it Better Lasagna Roasting Pan
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 generous 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.
Material: Nonstick coated steel | Size: 14.5 x 11 x 2 inches | Oven Max: 520 degrees | Dishwasher Safe: Yes | Microwave Safe: No
Best Deep-Dish: USA Pan Nonstick Aluminized Steel Lasagna Pan
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 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.
Material: Aluminized steel | Size: 13.75 x 10.5 x 3 inches | Oven Max: 450 degrees | Dishwasher Safe: Yes | Microwave Safe: No
Most Stylish: Oven to Table Casserole Dish Set
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.
Material: Ceramic | Size: 13.5 x 10 x 3 inches (large) and 11 x 9 x 2 inches (small) | Oven Max: 400 degrees | Dishwasher Safe: Yes | Microwave Safe: Yes
Best Square: Fiesta 9-Inch by 9-Inch Square Baker
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.
Material: Ceramic | Size: 9 x 9 x 2.5 inches | Oven Max: 500 degrees | Dishwasher Safe: Yes | Microwave Safe: Yes
Most Versatile: Chicago Metallic Professional Lasagna Trio Pan
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.
Material: Nonstick coated steel | Size: 13 x 3 x 2.5 inches (each well) | Oven Max: 450 degrees | Dishwasher Safe: Yes, but hand washing is recommended | Microwave Safe: No
Best Cast Iron: Le Creuset Signature Roaster
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.
Material: Enameled cast iron | Size: 15.8 x 10.2 x 2.8 inches | Oven Max: 500 degrees | Dishwasher Safe: Yes | Microwave Safe: No
Best Glass: Pyrex Deep 9 x 13-Inch Rectangular Glass Baking Dish with Lid
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.
Material: Glass | Size: 13 x 9 x 3 inches | Oven Max: 425 degrees | Dishwasher Safe: Yes | Microwave Safe: Yes
What To Look For When Buying a Lasagna Pan
Lasagna pans come in several materials, with metal, glass, and ceramic being the most common. Ceramic options tend to be the most attractive when going from oven to table, but they are typically pricier than their metal and glass counterparts. Metal is the most durable, as it is not prone to cracking or chipping, and can often withstand higher temperatures and broiling—important if you like to brown the top of your lasagna.
Lasagna bakeware is specifically sized to fit the width of three standard lasagna noodles without overlapping, and deep enough to fit two to three layers of noodles, meat, and cheese. If you're cooking for fewer people, you can certainly scale your recipe to fit a smaller pan, but you'll want to make sure the pan is at least deep enough to hold the same amount of layers.
How deep should a lasagna pan be?
A typical lasagna pan measures 9 x 13 inches and is between 2 to 3 inches in depth. Many chefs agree that lasagna should have at least three layers of meat. cheese, and sauce. For restaurant-style lasagna, you can go even higher than that, provided that your pan is deep enough.
Can you line a lasagna pan with foil or parchment paper?
Lining a lasagna pan with foil or parchment can aid in cleanup, but is often unnecessary. If you decide to line your pan, be sure to spray the parchment or foil with a bit of cooking spray to help the food release.
Can you make cake in a lasagna pan?
Yes. Lasagna pans have enough depth to let a cake rise, so they're actually excellent for baking cakes if you don't have a dedicated cake pan.
Can you use a lasagna pan for roasting?
Yes, as long as the pan's heat and size specifications fit your cooking needs.
Do you need to grease a lasagna pan?
It doesn't hurt to grease your pan. You can lightly oil the inside of your lasagna pan to help decrease the likelihood of the food sticking, you typically don't need to, especially if your pan already has a nonstick coating.
How do you layer ingredients in a lasagna pan?
While there isn't a strict rule as to how many layers lasagna should have, most have at least three. In order to ensure your lasagna cooks evenly, you'll want to make your layers consistently thick and avoid using really large chunks of vegetables or meats. To start, coat the bottom of your baking pan with a little olive oil and a generous amount of sauce. Add your noodles, making sure they sit side by side with very little to no space between them. Add your fillings—a layer each of ricotta, spinach, meat sauce, shredded mozzarella (or whatever your recipe calls for)—then add another layer of noodles. Repeat until you've used all your ingredients or nearly filled the pan, and top with sauce and a final layer of grated cheese. Be sure the corners of noodles are covered in sauce so they don't dry out, then bake your layered beauty as directed by your recipe. If your pan is broiler-safe, you can also finish your dish by using your broiler to brown the top.
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.