Monday, March 9, 2009

Quick Cheesy Ravioli Bake

Here's another Best 30-Minute Recipe.  I'm telling you, I'm loving this stuff.

To complete this recipe in 30 minutes, boil the water for the ravioli and preheat the oven before gathering your ingredients.  We prefer fresh ravioli here; however, 1 lb of frozen cheese ravioli can be substituted.

1 lb sweet or hot Italian sausage, casings removed
1 T olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 T tomato paste
1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
3 T minced fresh basil
1/4 heavy cream
salt and ground black pepper
2 (9 ounce) packages fresh cheese ravioli
1 c shredded mozzarella cheese

Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 475 degrees.  Bring 4 quarts 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 5 minutes.  Drain meat and set aside. 

Add oil, garlic, and tomato paste to skillet and return to medium heat until fragrant, about 1 minute.  Stir in tomatoes and reserved sausage and cook until slightly thickened, 8 to 10 minutes.  Stir in basil and cream and continue to simmer until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes.  Remove skillet from heat, cover, and set aside. 

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

Stir sauce into ravioli and season with salt and pepper to taste.  Spread mixture into 13 by 9-inch baking dish and sprinkle evenly with mozzarella.  Bake until cheese is melted and lightly browned, about 5 minutes.  Serve. 


Michelle and Byron said...

oooh, this is perfect for my family. You are my lifesaver! I am so sick of what I cook on a regular basis. I don't do more than 30 minutes of anything, so this is right up my alley. Thank you!

Elizabeth Downie said...

How do you eat this stuff and stay so fit? It looks so so so good, but it doesn't look like it'd be on my diet ;)

Michelle and Byron said...

Rookie questions here. I'm going to make this dish this week, I'm making my grocery list. The tomato paste - I usually use the canned stuff, but this only calls for 1 Tbsp, so do I save the rest, throw it out or can I buy it in another form?? Also, I'm assuming the cream is 1/4 Cup, right? So yummy, I can't wait.

Kristin said...

I usually save the rest. I've never seen it in another form. And yes, 1/4 cup of cream.

sterlingandbrandi said...

This was DELISH! We made it for dinner tonight, but replaced the sausage with ground turkey so it was lower in fat (plus I already had it) and just seasoned up the turkey and it was so good! thanks Kristin McKell Quinn. (I apologize if I misspelled your middle name)

alex said...

wow.. its chessier.. i like the way the cheese melt.. look darn good.. mouth watering food...

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