Saturday, December 11, 2010

Cooking Club: Quick Cheesy Ravioli Bake

Happy Saturday! Is it cold where you live? If so these warm ravioli might just hit the spot. This is the recipe that Rachel submitted for the cooking club this month. And anything with both quick and cheesy in it's name rings music to my ears.

Quick Cheesy Ravioli Bake
The Best 30-Minutes Meals (From the Editors of Cook’s Illustrated)

Fresh ravioli is preferred, but 1pound of frozen can be substituted.

1 pound sweet or hot Italian sausage, casings removed
1 TBLS olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 TBLS tomato paste
1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
3 TBLS minced fresh basil
¼ cup heavy cream
Salt and ground black pepper
2 (9 oz.) packages fresh cheese ravioli
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 475 degrees. Bring 4 quarts of water to boil in large pot.

Cook sausage in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, breaking meat up with wooden spoon, until lightly browned and no longer pink, about five minutes. Drain meat and set aside.

Add oil, garlic, and tomato paste to skillet and return to medium heat until fragrant, about one minute. Stir in tomatoes and reserved sausage and cook until slightly thickened 8-10 minutes. Stir in basil and cream and continue to simmer until slightly thickened, about two minutes. Remove skillet from heat, cover, and set aside.

Add 1 TBLS salt and ravioli to boiling water and cook, stirring often, until tender. Drain and return to pot.

Stir sauce into ravioli and season with salt and pepper to taste. Spread mixture into 13x9 dish and sprinkle with mozzarella. Bake until cheese is melted and lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Serve.
Oh, and Rachel-my SIL who takes all of our wonderful food pictures, made the Pineapple and Pork Tacos with Avocado Crema last week and so now we have a picture.
Looks good! You can find that recipe here.


  1. I have been scouring cookbooks all morning trying to come up with dinners to make while DaddyO is out of town (he does most of the dinners). This is exactly what I needed! Looks delicious!!

  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog! This sounds fabulous!

  3. Cheese - mmmm. Ravioli mmmm. Cheesy Ravioli = ammmmmazing!

  4. I've been struggling over what to make for a dinner party of elderly ladies in my ward this week. THIS IS IT!!!! Thanks!

  5. That looks so good!
    We had this thing last night at Gospel class...which reminds me, I need to find her and make her give me the recipe. Can't even remember what it's called but that ravioli reminds me of it! :)

  6. Hey Emmy!
    I made this tonight! I had to make some changes so I don't know if my review counts!
    I used ground beef instead of sausage (just what I had)
    I didn't have cream so I added some sour cream.
    I did use frozen raviolis.
    And I used some spaghetti sauce instead of the homemade sauce (laziness)
    It was really yummy and ALL of my kids ate every bite! I do plan to try your entire recipe in the near future! Thanks again for this great idea!

  7. Can we say YUMMY!!!!!!!!! I have to make that this week!