Move over, Olive Garden, we found a BETTER dish and deal!!!!
Even though not everything in this new recipe is from scratch, it was incredibly tasty and a LOT less expensive than taking the family out to our favorite Italian restaurant. I added up all the ingredients and rounded up a bit bringing the total for this meal to $6. I was being VERY generous with my rounding. 🙂 We even had a yummy salad and fresh bread to go along with the ravioli – just like Olive Garden! If we were to order this same dish from the restaurant for everyone in our family to eat, the total cost would be $39.96 plus tax and gratuity. Oh, and don’t forget the gas it would take to drive there!
The point is, this yummy – and might I add incredibly EASY – dish is not only a family hit with our stomachs but also with our wallets. I would also like to state that this is a great recipe to add to the “Meatless Monday” menu!
Spinach Ravioli Bake – by Taste of Home
- 2 C. spaghetti sauce
- 1 pkg. (10 ounces) frozen, chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dried
- 1 pkg. (25 ounces) frozen ravioli
- 2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
- ¼ C. grated Parmesan cheese
DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place 1 C. spaghetti sauce in a greased shallow 2-qt. baking dish. Top with half of the ravioli, mozzarella cheese, spinach and Parmesan cheese. Repeat layers. Bake, uncovered, at 350 for 40-45 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted. Yield: 4-6 servings.
Here are the ingredients I used to put this all together. The cheese ravioli was on sale for $1.99, and I used fresh spinach instead of the frozen. I also used grated romano cheese instead of parmesan and gave a liberal dose of garlic powder and oregano to the top of the dish before baking. I trust my homemade spaghetti sauce to have flavor, but adding a little extra seasoning never hurts! 🙂
Start by chopping your spinach (either frozen or fresh).
Pour 1 C. spaghetti sauce on the bottom of your greased casserole dish. Then add half the ravioli, spinach, and both cheeses. Continue layering the remaining ingredients following the same pattern.
After your layers are complete, place inside a preheated oven set for 350 degrees uncovered for 40-45 minutes.
When bubbly and heated through, remove from oven and let cool slightly before serving. (You can see here the added seasonings which gave it a different look.)
Serve with your favorite salad or vegetable and fresh bread. Enjoy!