Have you ever made a lasagna using raviolis? It is so easy! I love lasagna, but I don't love making it. It involves so many steps! Well this way, you take out a step or two. The cheese and pasta in the ravioli replaces the lasagna noodles and ricotta cheese. You layer the meat, ravioli, and cheese just like a regular lasagna. There are many options for this dish too. If you wanted to make it vegetarian, you could omit the meat sauce and/or also use spinach filled ravioli. You could also use meat raviolis instead of using a meat sauce, but I prefer a lot of cheese, so that's why I used cheese raviolis. Everyone loved it, and I think you will too!
1 bag cheese ravioli (I used frozen.)
1-2 pounds ground turkey/beef, browned
4 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
your favorite spaghetti sauce (I used original Ragu for convenience.)
Parmesan cheese for sprinkling
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Brown hamburger/turkey meat and add spaghetti sauce. I used almost a whole jar, but not quite. You don't want the meat sauce to be too saucy since it's going into a lasagna. Simmer for 10 minutes or so. Get out your 9x13 baking dish and start your layers. Begin your first with half of your meat sauce. Spread it all over the bottom of the dish. Next, layer your cheese ravioli in a single layer. You can place the frozen ravioli in the lasagna, it will bake just fine. Next sprinkle 2 cups of mozzarella cheese on top evenly. Next, spread the remaining meat sauce over the mozzarella cheese, then another layer of ravioli, and the remaining 2 cups of mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle the top with a little bit of Parmesan cheese. Place in preheated oven for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes tent or lay a piece of foil on top of the casserole dish and bake another 15-30 minutes, until raviolis are cooked through, and no longer frozen.
This recipe is linked to Prairie Story Recipe Swap Thursday and Mangos and Chutney.)