Regular, Plain Old Ravioli Recipe
When I was running the Plan to Eat giveaway, I asked my readers what types of recipes they’d like to see me posting more about on Practical MOMents. Several people responded that they’d like easy dinner ideas the whole family will love.
Well, at our house, everyone likes pasta. Peter really likes ravioli, but I didn’t use to make them for dinner much mostly because the sauce always soaked into the noodles too much for my liking. I just didn’t get too excited about regular, plain old ravioli.
Spring Break in Wisconsin Dells with my sister’s family changed that.
Ways to Save on Vacation
One thing our family likes to do to cut costs while vacationing is make our own food rather than eating out. Not only does it save money, but it also saves us a few gray hairs. Eating out with 4 kids is more of an adventure sometimes than a relaxing way to spend an afternoon or evening.
Anyway, when we vacation, we either try to find accommodations with a kitchenette, or we pre-cook our meals, freeze, and reheat them for dinner. Super easy.
My sister’s easy ravioli recipe was a big hit on our vacation because the kids loved it, it took only a few minutes to make, and it called for only a few simple ingredients.
I also liked the recipe because, unlike regular, plain old ravioli, the sauce in her recipe does not soak into the noodles!
Easy Cheesy Ravioli Recipe
The secret ingredient in this easy ravioli recipe is none other than Mascarpone Cheese. It’s basically a sweet cream cheese. And when you melt it into your favorite spaghetti sauce you end up with the best sauce for ravioli!
My sister prepared the ravioli noodles first, layered the noodles and sauce in a 11″ x 7″ baking dish, and topped it off with her favorite cheese. Then she baked the ravioli until the sauce was heated through and the cheese on top was melted.
Usually I don’t have time to bake it all off in the oven like my sister. So at my house, I just cook the meal on the stove.
First, I prepare the noodles according to the package directions.
Then while the noodles are cooking, I combine the Mascarpone Cheese, spaghetti sauce, and a little bit of Italian Seasoning in a large saucepan. I just heat the sauce until it is bubbly and the cheese is melted.
Then after I drain the noodles, I add the ravioli noodles to the saucepan and heat everything through.
Parmesan or another Italian cheese gets sprinkled on just before I dish it up with Caesar salad and garlic bread.
Give this easy ravioli recipe a try. I bet your family will like it just like mine does! And, it’s easy. It’s perfect for one of those really busy nights at your house or when you are looking for an easy meal to make on vacation with your family.
- 2 Bags of frozen ravioli noodles
- 1 (8 oz) container of Mascarpone Cheese
- 1 (24 oz) jar of spaghetti sauce
- ½ tsp Italian Seasonings
- Shredded Parmesan Cheese
- Prepare the ravioli noodles according to the package directions.
- In a large saucepan, combine the spaghetti sauce, Italian Seasoning, and Mascarpone Cheese; heat through and stir.
- Drain the ravioli noodles and add them to the saucepan; stir to coat.
- Sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese and serve.