Ravioli Bake


Ravioli Bake


This ravioli bake is easy and delicious. In this recipe, Italian sausage is cooked with jarred pasta sauce and layered with ravioli and mozzarella cheese.


Ingredients


1 tablespoon Olive Oil

1 pound Mild Italian Sausage casings removed and torn into pieces (or use bulk sausage)

24 ounce Jar Pasta Sauce use a meatless variety of your favorite brand


20 ounces Spinach Ricotta Ravioli refrigerated variety

8 ounces Shredded Mozzarella Cheese whole milk mozzarella


Instructions


You will also need: Casserole dish 8X11 (2 quart), Baking Sheet, Aluminum foil

Start the Italian Sausage Sauce


Heat the olive oil in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, but not smoking, add the sausage.

Cook the Italian sausage for 5-6 minutes until browned. Stir the sausage frequently while breaking up any large pieces.


Lower the heat to medium-low, add the pasta sauce to the Italian sausage and stir until combined.

Cook the sauce for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Keep the sauce at a simmer. If it’s boiling too vigorously, lower the heat a bit.

While the sauce cooks, preheat the oven to 350°F

Assemble and bake the ravioli


Add about ⅓ of the Italian sausage sauce to the bottom of the casserole dish.

Add ½ of the ravioli in a single layer. Place them close together, but not overlapping.

Top the ravioli with about ⅓ of the shredded mozzarella cheese.


Repeat: ⅓ Italian sausage sauce, remaining ravioli in a single layer, ⅓ shredded mozzarella cheese and finish with the remaining sauce and remaining cheese

Place the casserole dish on a baking sheet, just in case the sauce bubbles over.

Loosely cover the casserole dish with foil.


Bake the covered ravioli casserole for 40 minutes.

Uncover the dish and continue baking for 20 minutes until the cheese is melted and the center is hot.

Remove the ravioli bake from the oven and let it set for 5-10 minutes before serving.