The first time I made this was several years ago. I always kept it pretty simple. I think just like mac n cheese or so many other pasta dishes, or really almost any recipe, you can dress it up or keep it as simple as you want. Sometimes you just want a quick, easy and simple dish. Other times a kicked up version is in order, whether for a special occasion or just because.
The simple version of this is fine and very quick but I had the urge to do something different. Lately I’ve been on a bit of a garlic kick so I knew adding garlic would be part of the plan. I love the smell of garlic cooking. A light garlic aroma wafting through the house is nice, nothing too over the top or heavy.
Up until now, I’ve only been able to find cheese ravioli and occasionally beef. This time I was lucky enough to find a spinach and cheese mix as well as Italian sausage ravioli. I can’t tell you how much this excited me. Something different! This is what I mean about sometimes wanting to do something even just a bit different but keeping it within certain boundaries. It’s not so outrageous, just different enough.
The great thing about a dish like this is how quickly it comes together. It takes no more than 45 minutes, start to finish.
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
2 garlic cloves, peeled and left whole
2 lbs ravioli
1 jar tomato sauce
1 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp oregano
2 C mozzarella, shredded
1/2 C Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 425. Bring pot of water to a rapid boil, toss in garlic cloves and add in pasta. Cook according to package directions. I usually cook pasta for 10-11 minutes. When your ravioli is floating and has a puffy look about it, drain and set aside. When you spot the garlic, remove and discard. Your alternative is to mince the garlic and add to your sauce in the next step.
In a large bowl, combine salt, pepper and oregano with your jar of sauce. Stir to mix well. Carefully toss in ravioli. Try to prevent splattering as best you can. Stir, coating ravioli well.
Prepare a large baking dish by spraying with olive oil. Pour half of the ravioli and sauce into the prepared baking dish. Top off with half of both cheeses. Repeat layers, spreading out evenly in the pan. Finish by sprinkling with any remaining cheese.
Bake for 25 minutes. Serve warm.