As I’ve been posting several articles lately on things I’ve made in the Omnia Stove Top Baking Oven (read more about it here or buy it from Sea Dog Boating Solutions), I’ve gotten some questions and requests for info on baking particular items.
One, from Annie, was about casseroles in general and lasagna in particular. That’s great as I love lasagna and her question gave me a reason to make it.
While almost any sort of a casserole can be baked in the Omnia Oven, lasagna presents a little more of a challenge due to the circular shape of the Omnia baking pan. How exactly do you fit the long wide pasta in there in layers?
Remember how the title of this was “Almost” Lasagna? Well, while you could break the lasagna noodles up and try to piece them together around the circle, I’ve found an easier way to do it as long as you don’t insist that your lasagna has to be in perfect layers.
My “Almost” Lasagna has all the same ingredients as regular lasagna except that I use rotini pasta instead of lasagna noodles. You can actually use any sort of “bite sized” pasta, including penne, bow ties, or even macaroni. You can use pretty much any type, including whole wheat, colored or even gluten-free.
Use the ingredients from your favorite lasanga recipes and size the batch for an 8″ x 8″ pan (if your recipe fills a 9″ x 13″ pan, make a half batch and it’ll be about right). Before filling the pan, lightly oil the inside so that the melted cheese will stick less.
You can assemble it one of two ways:
- layer the ingredients into the pan, as with traditional lasagna, or
- toss all the ingredients together (reserving some of the mozzarella for the top), put it into the pan, then top with the reserved cheese.
Don’t fill the top inch of the pan — there must be sufficient air space over the top for it to bake properly.As you’re assembling the lasagna, preheat the Omnia base over high heat for three minutes. Then put the cover on the pan and set it all on the base. Leave the heat at high for one minute, then turn it down to medium.
Let the lasagna bake for 30 minutes. When done, it will be bubbling around the edges and the cheese on top will be melted although not browned.
Remove from the heat and leave the cover off for about 5 minutes before serving. Cut pieces with a nylon or silicone spatula to avoid marking the pan.