I spend a lot of my time in the car during the week (about 10 hours) and do some of my best thinking there. Most often I forget about my genius ideas as soon as the engine turns off, but this particular thought was so persistent there was no way I was forgetting.
Get this (and I know you already know what I’m going to say, but just go with me on this)…
Instead of noodles!
I had a few moments of doubt before I started cooking as to whether I was legitimately a genius, or if I was delusional.
- 2 jars of your favorite red pasta sauce
- 25 oz (1 bag) of frozen ravioli with your desired filling (I did a layer of portabello mushroom and 5 cheese)
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 onion, diced
- 15 oz Ricotta cheese
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
- 8 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
- In a medium skillet, saute the onion with the ground beef until browned and set aside.
- In a small bowl add the ricotta, egg, and seasoning and mix until smooth and fully combined. Set aside.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- In the bottom of a large glass baking dish, spread several tablespoons of the pasta sauce to coat.
- Evenly place one layer of ravioli on top of the sauce in rows. Mine fit just about perfectly, hopefully yours will too.
- On top of the ravioli evenly dollop one half of the ricotta mixture.
- Then sprinkle half of the ground beef onion mixture evenly over the ricotta.
- Pour the rest of the first jar of sauce over the entire tray and spread until the ravioli are completely covered/submerged.
- On top of that add the second and last layer of ravioli and repeat steps 5 through 7.
- Cover the sauce evenly with the grated mozzarella.
- Cover the dish with aluminum foil and place in the oven for 40 minutes.
- Remove the foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
- Cool for 10-15 minutes and serve warm.
*Fun Fact: When she was 10-13ish, only 1 out of every 5 batches of sugar cookie dough would make it past the butter/sugar stage and end up in the oven instead of Brie’s stomach. #ThisIsWhyI’mFat
P.S. She also set the microwave on fire during the same era while making home-made microwavable popcorn. Pro tip: Alton Brown is WRONG and you cannot put a paper bag with staples into the microwave; things will go badly.
P.P.S Happy ending. Even though to put out the fire she threw a bowl of water onto it and shorted all the circuits, the microwave started working after a week and her mom was non-the-wiser.
P.P.P.S But, I guess not any longer…