Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Baked Ravioli

Since I have a number of cook books that have gone unused, I figured this blog would help me start trying some of them. I started with something simple to make. Tuan wanted lasagna, but I am too intimidated by it, so I figured the Baked Ravioli would be close enough; and since we're trying to do at least one vegetarian meal a week, this was the perfect recipe. Let me tell you, this was a very delicious and filling meal! at least for me it was.

Baked Ravioli from Food Everyday: Great Food Fast
serves 4-6

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
   coarse salt
   fresh ground pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme or oregano
1 can (28 oz) whole tomatoes
1 can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes
2 lbs ravioli
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella
1/2 cup grated parmesan

1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, and season with salt and pepper; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the thyme/oregano and tomatoes. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, breaking up the tomatoes with a spoon, until the sauce is thickened and reduced to about 51/2 cups, 20 to 25 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, cook the ravioli in a large pot of boiling salted water just until they float to the top (the pasta will continue to cook in the oven). Drain the pasta; return to the post.

3. Toss the sauce with the pasta. Pour the pasta into a large gratin dish or 9-by-13-inch baking dish, and sprinkle with the cheeses. Bake until golden, 20-25 minutes. Cool slightly before serving.

**I did make some slight changes. I never use fresh garlic because I never use it all up before it goes bad, and it ends up being a waste of money...so i buy a bottle of pre-minced garlic...it is so much more convenient and I can never taste a difference. I also use regular salt and ground pepper (so much cheaper, and I always have those on hand). For this recipe I used the dried oregano, maybe next time I'll use Italian blend. And as far as the ravioli, I used spinach and cheese filled. Unfortunately I was impatient with the sauce, so mine ended up very watery, but it didn't affect the taste at all!


  1. The meal was very good and filling! Great post!

  2. this nigga teasing me with food.

    what's this mas puto vegetarian crap? :P

  3. well, this "mas puto vegetarian crap" came about when i was informed that i "got fatter"...and we're also trying to eat healthier for ourselves. you should join!