italian sausage and ravioli casserole

December 7, 2018

serves 8      prep time: 20 minutes      cook time: 1 hour      total time: 1 hour and 20 e6ae8ff1-9916-4f91-a1f1-f864c62ab50fminutes

ingredients
1 lb italian sausage
1/2 c onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 red bell pepper
2 c spinach
1/2-3/4 jar (26 oz.) red pasta sauce of choice
1 bag (25 oz.) frozen cheese-filled ravioli
2.5 c shredded 5-cheese italian cheese blend (10 oz.)

directions

  1. heat oven to 350 degrees. in a skillet, cook sausage, onion, garlic, and bell pepper over medium-high heat 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until no longer pink; drain. stir in pasta sauce and spinach. add salt and pepper, as desired.
  2. in ungreased 13×9 inch (3-qt.) baking dish, spread 1 cup of sausage mixture. arrange half of the ravioli on top; sprinkle with 1 cup of the italian cheese. top with remaining ravioli, sausage mixture and remaining 1.5 c cheese.
  3. cover with foil; bake 45 to 50 minutes or until thoroughly heated. remove foil; bake 10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. let stand 15 minutes before serving.
  4. to freeze baked casserole: cover baked casserole with foil, then in double layer of plastic wrap; freeze up to 3 months. to thaw and bake, thaw in refrigerator overnight or until completely thawed. remove plastic wrap; leave foil cover on. bake 50 to 65 minutes at 350 degrees until center is hot (165 degrees).

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this turned out better than i had anticipated. i’m not really a big casserole lover, but i guess i can make an exception this time. i mean, this isn’t your typical casserole per se, more like a ravioli lasagna with the layering going on. the hubby really liked it and there weren’t any complaints from the kids. that’s always a win in my book !

i actually didn’t have any sausage at the moment when i decided to make this, so i used some chorizo that i had gotten as a freebie, so the dish had a little kick to it. i added a red bell pepper and spinach to boost the level of veggies. this was pretty easy to throw together.

i’ll have to try it with sausage next time. it will definitely make it more heartier.

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