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

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.)


  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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french toast bake

November 11, 2017

prep time: 20 minutes       cook time: 45 minutes – 1 hour      total: 1 hour – 1 hour and 20 minutes      makes 8-10 servingsfrench-toast-bake-2

1 loaf sourdough bread
8 eggs
2 c milk
1/2 c heavy cream
3/4 c sugar
2 T vanilla

1/2 c flour
1/2 c brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 c cold butter, cut into pieces


  1. cut loaf into cubes and place evenly in a greased 9×13 pan.
  2. in a bowl, mix together eggs, milk, heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla. pour evenly over bread.
  3. cover your pan and refrigerate overnight.
  4. mix together flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl.
  5. cut in butter with this mixture until crumbly and place in a ziploc bag and refrigerate overnight as well.
  6. take pan and ziploc out when ready to bake. sprinkle crumbly mixture evenly over the bread.
  7. bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on how soft you like it.


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sweet potato casserole

April 23, 2011

prep time: 30 minutes       cook time: 1 hour

serving size: 12

4 sweet potatoes, cubed
1/2 c brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 tsp salt
2 T butter, softened
1/2 c milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg


  1. preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. scrub sweet potatoes and poke holes with a fork in each potato.
  3. wrap each one in aluminum foil and place on a cookie sheet and bake for an hour.
  4. let potatoes cool and then cube.
  5. in a medium bowl, mix together all ingredients. mix until smooth. transfer to a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  6. place baking dish in oven and bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes or until lightly brown.

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