Thursday, March 17, 2011

Lazy Woman's Lasagna {AKA Baked Ravioli}

Our family loves this easy dish! And it definitely falls into the "good things simple" category! Start with your favorite ravioli, cover with sauce and cheese, and bake! I always make mine with homemade marinara, but you could use a jar of sauce if your pressed for time. You'll need a large box of Ravioli, marinara sauce, 2 cups of mozzarella cheese, and some sprinkles of grated Parmesan.

Marinara Sauce
1 onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 cup basil leaves, rinsed and chopped
1-15 ounce can tomato sauce
1-28 oz. can diced tomatoes
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 tablespoon olive oil

First, in a medium pot, saute your onions and garlic in olive oil until soft, just a few minutes.

To your blender add the basil, tomato sauce,
diced tomatoes with half their juices,  
and the sauteed onion and garlic with the olive oil.

 Now, cover your blender and puree until...well, pureed.
A few 3 second pulses should do the trick.

When it looks like this {below}transfer it back to your pot.
Heat to a boiling and drink add the wine.
Reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes.

Gently cook your ravioli according to package directions. If it says cook for 6-8 minutes, cook for 6 minutes. You do not want them to burst, so make sure they cook at a gentle boil only. Spray a 9x13 inch baker with cooking spray. Add your ravioli to your baker in an even layer.
I used a large plastic box Buitoni Four Cheese Ravioli

Cover with half of your prepared Marinara sauce.
Store the rest of the marinara in a freezer bag
and seal using my straw method.
 Freeze for later use.

Cover with Mozzarella cheese, then sprinkle with Parmesan.

Bake at 350 degrees, uncovered for 30 minutes.
To further brown the cheese, simply broil for a few minutes.
I make this ahead of time on busy game-filled week nights and pop it in the oven while I throw together a salad.
You can use any type of ravioli or even add meat to this dish.
It tastes great as leftovers too!


Megan said...

I will definitely be making this. I love anything with the word "lazy." Haha!

Mary said...

Lil, I really like this recipe. This was my first visit to your blog so I've spent some time browsing through your earlier entries. I'm so glad I did. I really like the food and recipes you feature here. This is a lovely spot to visit and I'll definitely be back. Have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

AmberLee said...

I have been craving italian lately. I think it is this cold spring. this looks so amazing. and I could actually do it on a weeknight. i am going to have to try.

Branson @ Reflection of Something said...

This looks so yummy!