Sweetheart Baked Ravioli

5 Pull the baked ravioli from the oven

One of our favorite meals is baked ravioli. I love that it takes little effort and contains a boat-load of cheese. My picky husband likes it because it’s simply delicious. He much prefers a smaller ravioli since these hearts are a couple bite-fulls but he understood the sentiment of the hearts and got over it. Baked ravioli goes great with a simple salad. If you are craving even more carbs serve it with Cheesy Crack Bread.

This is the kind of recipe you customize to your taste. I like most things simple so I used jarred marinara sauce and refrigerated raviolis.This recipes calls for five ingredients: ravioli, marinara, heavy whipping cream, mozzarella cheese, and Parmesan cheese. We like our sauce creamy so I usually add heavy whipping cream to the marinara but it’s not necessary. You can also add Italian sausage or grilled chicken.

1 Gathered your ingredients

I used to only use pre-packaged shredded cheese but then I read about the cellulose they use to keep the shredded cheese from clumping yuck. Now I opt to shred my own. The taste is night and day and it only takes a few minutes to shred your own. Once you go freshly shredded cheese you won’t go back. My picky husband likes his cheese very finely grated so I use the fine spice grater (the cheese melts like butter). My favorite grater is the coarse grater which gives you the same shred size as the pre-packaged shredded cheese.

2 Grate your cheese

While you shred your cheese, have a pot of boil boiling going so you can cook the raviolis for 2 minutes. After 2 minutes drain them well. You don’t wan to cook them all the way through since you are baking them.

Spread ⅓ of the sauce mixture onto the bottom of a baking dish. Top with ⅓ of the raviolis and sprinkle with ¼ cup Parmesan cheese and ¼ cup mozzarella.

3 Layer

Repeat and on the last layer of the raviolis I carefully sprinkled the remaining ¼ cup mozzarella round the hearts.

4 Add final layer

Bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

5 Pull the baked ravioli from the oven

Serve immediately and ooh and aah as the cheese oozes. It smells heavenly.

6 Oozy Goey Goodness

INGREDIENTS

  • One (16-ounce) package of  your choice of ravioli
  • 16 to 24 ounces of your favorite pasta sauce (homemade or jarred – the picky husband prefers Newman’s Own Marinara but they only had the Roasted Garlic at the store. We like our extra saucy so we used the entire jar.)
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • ¾ cup mozzarella cheese, shredded

DIRECTIONS

  1. .Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a large pot of boiling water, cook ravioli for 2 minutes, and then drain well.
  3. In a saucepan, combine your pasta sauce and whipping cream and cook over medium-low heat until heated through.
  4. Spread ⅓ of the sauce mixture onto the bottom of a baking dish.
  5. Top with ⅓ of the raviolis and sprinkle with ¼ cup Parmesan cheese and ¼ cup mozzarella.
  6. Repeat and on the last layer of the raviolis I carefully sprinkled the remaining ¼ cup mozzarella round the hearts.
  7. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the cheese is nice and bubbly.
  8. Serve immediately.

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