Saturday, January 16, 2016

Baked Ravioli


I love to make pierogies, and fry them in a frying pan.
It just makes the most deliciously crunchy crust.

My daughter is always asking me to make Ravioli.
Surprisingly,  I am really not a big pasta fan.

As I looked at the Ravioli in the bag, it dawned on me that the outer shell is the same as a pierogy.  Well I love them fried, so why not try ravioli.

Being that it is the New Year and like everyone else, I am trying to eat better, I decided to bake them.

I quickly looked on Pinterest to see if there were any good recipes or tips.

I came across two pins that were a little similar to what I was trying to achieve.
One by Land O Lakes
and the second by Super Glue Mom

I decided, to just use what I had on hand.
Frozen ravioli and inexpensive pasta sauce.

I preheated my oven to 400 degrees and defrosted the ravioli a bit in the microwave.

I lined a sheet pan with pre-cut parchment paper.

I lined the ravioli on the sheet pan bottom side down.

Went for the healthier olive oil.

olive oil and pasta

I brushed the entire tops with olive oil.

I flipped the ravioli over.

I brushed the backside of the ravioli with olive oil.

I baked them for 30 mins, turning them over half way through.

While the ravioli was baking, I combined my inexpensive pasta sauce with tomato paste.
I always do this to make the sauce thicker.  I warmed the sauce over medium heat on my stove top.
Stirring occasionally.

*Marinara sauce would also be delicious.

I plated them with the sauce on the side for dipping.
It would be good poured over the top, 
but I like the crunch and thought that might make it soggy.

They were truly delicious!

We hope you like them as much as we did!