As much as I enjoy cooking, my favorite meals are ones that don’t take up too much time yet still taste wonderful. I found this recipe several years ago in a magazine and although it was good, I tweaked it a bit and it is now one of our favorite recipes. It is my “go to”recipe to give as a freezer meal for friends who recently had a baby or are having health issues or what not. I have had many requests for this recipe and I think this is the perfect 1st recipe to share since it was one of my 1st that I “made my own”.
Let me just say, these pictures don’t do this meal justice. Apparently food pictures are lot more difficult to take pictures of then I realized. LOL
What you need
Prep time 15 mins Cook + Cool Time 35 mins Total Time 50 mins
- 1 lbs Ground Beef (We use ground turkey as a healthy alternative)
- 1 jar of Traditional Spaghetti Sauce
- 1 5 oz can of Tomato Sauce
- 2 8 oz blocks of Mozzarella Cheese
- 1 container of Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese
- 8 oz Shredded Parmesan Cheese
- 1 Bag Frozen Ravioli
- Seasoning used: Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Italian Seasoning, Basil, Black Pepper and Crushed Red Pepper.
Pre-heat Oven to °375
Cook ground Beef (or turkey) with traditional Italian seasoning to taste. I used a bit of all seasoning listed above to add flavor to the meat. Once cooked, if using beef drain out and grease and replace in pan and add can of spaghetti sauce and small can of tomato sauce. Season again to taste. I add only a small dash of red pepper to add some heat. Once everything is mixed together set aside.
Mix together whole container of Ricotta cheese, about 4 oz of shredded Parmesan cheese, 8 oz of shredded Mozzarella cheese (make sure you leave the other 8 oz of Mozzarella Cheese for topping later) and about one cap full of Italian Seasoning. Again once this all is mixed set aside. I usually combine this mixture while my meat is cooking.
Once you have your meat mixture and cheese mixture you are going to start layering like you would a lasagna. I use a 9×13 pan and start by putting the smallest bit of meat mixture on the bottom of the pan ( about 1/3 cup ) before I start my layer of frozen ravioli.
Layer one layer of ravioli one the bottom of the pan then take 1/2 of meat mixture and layer that on top.
Then take 1/3 of your cheese mixture (use your hands its easiest that way) and drop little dollops of mixture until you have an even chunk layer.
Then on top of that cheese mixture, add another layer of Ravioli.
As you can tell we are just layering so on top of that, add second 1/3 portion of cheese mixture, then the last 1/2 of your meat mixture.
For the top evenly add the 8 oz of shredded Mozzarella, then 4 oz of Parmesan and lastly I take the final 1/3 of the cheese mixture and put small chunks of mixture over cheese layer.
Cover top of dish with foil and place in oven for 25 mins. Take foil off and gently use a fork to see if noodles are cooked through if so remove foil and replace in oven and let bake until cheese is melted and slightly browned.
Lastly remove from oven and let side at least 10 minutes ( if you can endure that long) this gives it time to set so you have firm layers like Lasagna. Serve with bread and salad and Enjoy!
Don’t forget this is a great meal to freeze and cook later or give to someone. Just remember to either let thaw before baking or add extra time to cook through.
Thanks for checking out my recipe. Let me know if you made it and how you liked it!