Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Ravioli Bake

So when is Italian NOT a good idea. Oh, that would be NEVER. This baked ravioli and meat sauce is so simple and delicious, you'll want to add it to your monthly menu  now. It's a hit with the kids and the grown ups and add a salad and simple dessert and you've got dinner in a flash. Hot, quick, scrumptious. These are the keys to a happy family. Try it tonight!
1 lb ground beef, sweet Italian sausage or pepperoni
1 1/2 jars (28 oz size) Marinara or pasta sauce (I like marinara best or a mix of  : )
1 8 ounce brick cream cheese, cubed small
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
salt and pepper to taste
1 large bag frozen beef and cheese ravioli or cheese
2 cups shredded mozzarella
Garnish of sliced basil 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and  grease or spray a 9x13 inch dish with cooking spray.
In a skillet, brown ground meat or heat pepperoni and pour off excess fat, add sauce, seasonings and cream cheese. Continue cooking for 4 to 5 minutes or until cream cheese is melted and smooth. 
Coat bottom of pan with sauce.
Portion in half and layer ravioli, the sauce and the cheese ending with cheese.
Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 15 minutes or until ooey, gooey, stringy and bubbly delicious. Garnish with sliced basil and serve with salad and garlic bread.