As you may have noticed, I’ve been pretty absent from this site lately. I have a semi-good reason: during the last two months, most of my non-work time at the computer has been dedicated to writing my master’s thesis. I am happy to report that yesterday I wrote the last sentence!! Whoohoo!!
Anyways, this week I just had a week where I did not feel like cooking. AT ALL!! We had cheese and crackers for dinner two nights in a row, and it was GLORIOUS!! I might have to do that more often. But tonight, I knew we needed a good meal under our belt but I still didn’t want to cook. That’s where raviosagne comes in. I found this recipe four years ago in the “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Fattening” cookbook by Devin Alexander, and it’s one that I have kept in my back pocket ever since. Have a busy weeknight? Throw this puppy together in 5 minutes, let it bake in the oven for 50 minutes while you wrangle the kids, feed the dogs, clean the muddy floors, etc, and then sit down to a delicious meal (and maybe a glass of wine or two!).
Tonight I made the recipe with frozen spinach to add some veggies in there. This is something you can certainly leave out if you aren’t a spinach fan (which is unbelievable) or you can modify if you want to try to hide other veggies by covering them in cheese and sauce.
Recipe adapted from “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Fattening”
1 jar of your favorite marinara sauce
1 package of frozen rectangle cheese ravioli (I have also used meat and broccoli ravioli with excellent results)
1.5-2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
1 10oz package frozen spinach, thawed
basil (fresh or dried)
1) Preheat the oven to 400
2) Pour 1/2 cup of marinara sauce into the bottom of an oval pan. Layer 1/3 of the ravioli (about 18 pieces), top with 1/2 cup sauce, one-third of the thawed spinach, a handful of cheese, and a sprinkle of basil. Repeat the layers of ravioli, sauce, spinach, cheese, and basil two more times.
3) Cover the dish with foil and bake in the oven for 40 minutes
4) Remove the foil and bake an additional 10 minutes
5) Sit down and enjoy!