Problem, I had the “no clue what to make for dinner” issue. What to make, what to make. I had ravioli, had sauce, but didn’t feel like ravioli and sauce, and somehow I thought “why not bake it” so I did. Quick, easy, delicious, and it actually tastes like lasagne, without all the work! How much easier can it get? Boil ravioli, brown meat, heat sauce, mix, bake, top with cheese, let finish baking and serve. If you really want to do more, make some garlic bread, also super easy.
I made it more difficult than it really had to be, (yea I know, HUGE shock me making something more difficult) only because I also wanted some meat in it. But really I could have just boiled the ravioli, added the gravy without heating, tossed in a pan and let bake. Either way, it was still super easy, and it baked itself while I went outside and worked on the garden and container gardens.
Truth be told it tasted like Lasagne, which my brother-in-law pointed out, but was 1/4 of the work that Lasagne is! So hello new substitute for Lasagna. Unless it’s Christmas Eve or Easter and I’m really in the mood to get my Gravy Fix on. Yes I say both Gravy and Sauce. Don’t know why, my Nonna always called it Gravy, Dad always called it Sauce, whichever fly’s out of my mouth first is what term I generally use. Food runs in my veins.
So here are the instructions (Easy no meat version):
- 1 Package Ravioli (standard size not the huge one)
- 1 Jar Sauce ( I get it in a Jar from a local mom and pop restaurant up the street, try your own local area)
- 1-2lbs Mozzarella, sliced (amount depends on how much cheese you like)
Boil ravioli according to package, drain. Toss back in the pan they jut came from, pour the sauce over, gently mix. Pour/place/scoop/dump into baking dish, bake for 20 minutes @ 375, top with a generous amount of sliced Mozzarella, put back in the oven and let continue baking until melted to desired stage of cheese love.
As my Italian upbringing taught me, all delicious meals are enjoyed with, and followed by an equally delicious and perfectly executed libation. This meal was followed by Sambuca over three coffee beans. Each bean has a meaning; they represent health, happiness and prosperity.
Cin cin, and always remember, no matter what life throws you…..in bocca al lupo