Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Baked Ravioli

Every busy person should have this recipe on file. It’s quick, it’s easy and it’s delicious.

Baked Ravioli

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
salt and pepper, to taste
1 ½ teaspoon dried thyme or oregano (my favorite is oodles of fresh thyme—yum!)
1 28-ounce can whole tomatoes
1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes (I have, on occasion, substituted fresh tomatoes for both cans and yes, it’s better, but the canned tomatoes are just fine)
2 pounds store bought ravioli
1 ½ cup shredded mozzarella
½ cup grated Parmesan

Preheat oven to 425. Heat olive oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add thyme (or oregano) and tomatoes and bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, breaking up tomatoes with spoon, until sauce is thickened and reduced to about 5 ½ cups, 20-25 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook ravioli in a large pot of boiling salted water just until they float to the top (pasta will continue to cook in oven). Drain pasta; return to pot.

Toss sauce with pasta. Pour pasta into large gratin dish or 9 x 13 baking dish and sprinkle with mozzarella and Parmesan. Bake until golden, 20-25 minutes.

Serves: 4-6, Prep time: 25 minutes, Total time: 50 minutes

My kids all love this meal; in fact it’s one of the few Madeleine requests. Another benefit is it freezes really well so, chances are, if you've had a baby recently this is what I brought you to eat. When my friends aren't procreating I will often double it anyway and freeze a portion for a later date.

I got it out of an old issue of Everyday Food, which is a magazine I recommend to everyone. The magazine is inexpensive and the recipes are easy and usually quite scrumptious with natural, delicious ingredients. If you’re interested in checking it out, here’s their website.


Alexis Jacobs said...

My husband is going to love you. Another magazine to subscribe to.

JoeOlson said...

Sorry - only I get to love the Supermom. She is all mine!