Love the flavor of lasagna, but hate all the prep work that goes into making it? Me too. It recently occurred to me that I could substitute ravioli for a couple of key ingredients in lasagna, and I could be the dinner hero in my house with about half the time and trouble of making the real deal. This Baked Ravioli "Lasagna" has revolutionized this Italian dish in our house, and I bet it will in yours too.
For starters, you don't need to fuss with boiling the big, floppy noodles and risking tearing them as you arrange them in the pan. The next bonus is not needing the extra ricotta cheese/egg mixture... it's already inside the ravioli! With Baked Ravioli "Lasagna" you'll get all the flavor of the classic Italian dish, with half the effort and only 5, yes 5, ingredients. That's a win in my book!
Here's what you need: 1 lb. ground beef (or beef/Italian sausage mixture), ravioli, favorite marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese.
Preheat oven to 350 and coat a baking dish with cooking spray. Cook up the ground beef for about 5 minutes, until browned. Drain fat. Remove from heat and add in 1 cup of marinara sauce. Set aside.
While your beef is browning, cook the ravioli in boiling water for about 5 minutes. Drain and return to pot. Stir in the remaining marinara sauce.
Pour half of the ravioli into the prepared baking dish, lining the bottom.
Next, spread the meat mixture over the ravioli evenly.
Sprinkle with 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese.
Add the rest of the ravioli to the pan, covering the meat mixture. Top with remaining mozzarella cheese.
Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese over the top and place in oven. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Then turn the oven to broil and broil for about 2 minutes. Be careful... it will burn easily!
Baked Ravioli "Lasagna"
(makes 6-8 servings)
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 jar (24 oz.) favorite marinara sauce
Refrigerated cheese ravioli (28-30 oz. worth)
1 (8 oz.) bag shredded mozzarella cheese
2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray cooking oil in 2-qt. baking dish. Fill a large pot with water and bring it to a boil. Meanwhile, in a large non-stick skillet, crumble ground beef and cook for about 5 minutes, or until browned. Remove from heat and stir in 1 cup of marinara sauce. Set aside. Once water is boiling, add in ravioli and cook for approximately 5 minutes. Drain and return to pot; stir in the remaining marinara sauce. Layer 1/2 of the ravioli in the prepared baking dish. Top with the meat sauce. Sprinkle 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese over all. Spoon remaining ravioli over the top and sprinkle with the rest of the mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Turn oven up to broil and cook for about 2 minutes. Watch carefully so it doesn't burn. Serve with crusty bread and tossed green salad.
What I love about this recipe is that it is so easily adapted to your tastes. You can make a vegetarian version by substituting spinach and other vegetables for the meat. Use ground turkey instead of beef or use all Italian sausage. Want to add in some fresh chopped basil? Go for it! The extra time you'll save with this recipe will allow you to experiment to find the best possible combination of ingredients for you and your family.
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