Monday, July 11, 2022

Ravioli Lasagna

 Ready for another easy recipe?!  This was a family favorite back in the day and I just started making it again on occasion.  It is easy, maybe a good one to get the kids in on.  I have said it before and I will say it again, getting your kids in the kitchen to cook WITH you will make them much more willing to eat food they think they don't like.  Stop the whole chicken nuggets, frozen pizza, cereal thing if they don't like what is being served for dinner, get them to try new food.  I apologize if this offends anything but, it is exactly how I feel, add a face in my hands emoji and it is spot on.

You can easily add some fresh spinach into the cheese filling, some grate veggies, or whatever else you can think off.  Bump it up wherever you can in nutrition.  You know the second you tell the kids you are having ravioli for dinner, they are going to be all in anyway.  You can do it mom and/or dad!

Here is what you will need:

1-2 1lb bags of frozen ravioli (I use beef, use whatever you like)

1 cup ricotta cheese

3 cups mozzarella cheese divided (or more :) )

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp Italian seasoning

1 jar of marinara or 4 cups homemade

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Spray your 9x11 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.  I used parchment on the bottom.  In a bowl combine ricotta cheese, half of the mozzarella cheese, Italian seasoning and salt.  Mix until combined completely.  (This is also where you could stir in spinach, etc)  Set aside.  Start laying out your frozen ravioli until the bottom is covered. Spoon the ricotta cheese mixture over the ravioli and spread out.  Pour half of the marinara sauce over the cheese mixture and spread out evenly.  Now add the next layer of ravioli, if you only have one bag, it may be sparse but don't quit now!  Pour over the last of the marinara sauce, top with cheese and cover tightly with foil.  Bake for 40 minutes covered, remove foil and bake another 10 minutes to get the cheese good and golden and bubblahhhhh!

Serve, and enjoy!

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