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easy spinach & cheese ravioli bake // cait's plate

easy spinach & cheese ravioli bake

  • Author: Cait
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 - 55 minutes (depending on method used)
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x
  • Category: dinner
  • Method: baked

Description

this easy dish comes together quickly making it a perfect weeknight dinner. you can also customize it to work for the preferences in your household!


Scale

Ingredients

  • 1 20-28 ounce package of frozen spinach & cheese ravioli (or any kind you prefer!)
  • 1 25.5 ounce jar of your favorite marinara, pasta or tomato sauce
  • 2 cup shredded mozzarella (don’t buy the pre-shredded kind, these often have anti-caking ingredients in them which means they don’t melt as well as a block cheese that has been hand shredded by you.  It’s a a slight pain but it makes a big difference in the final product!)
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • Optional for topping: freshly chopped basil
 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and spray a 9×13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Layer 1/2 – 3/4 cup sauce into the prepared baking dish then add about half of the frozen ravioli in a single layer over the sauce.
  3. Add another 1/2 – 2/3 cup sauce followed by 1/2 the shredded mozzarella.
  4. Layer the remaining ravioli on top in a single layer (it’s okay if there is some slight overlap) then finish with the rest of the sauce, mozzarella and parmesan.
  5. Cover the entire dish with foil then bake for 35-40 minutes.
  6. Remove the foil and bake an additional 15-20 minutes until sauce & cheese are bubbling and the center is hot. 
  7. Allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving.  Sprinkle with freshly chopped basil just before doing so.


Notes

  • You can use fresh or frozen ravioli & cook al dente prior to assembling.  If so, bake for just 10-15 minutes at 350°F (or until the cheese is melted, browned & bubbly).  Note that this method does add steps and additional dishes.

Keywords: pasta, casserole, lasagna, vegetarian, weeknight meal, dinner

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