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Wed Jan 5, 2022, 01:26 PM

Anybody ever use cheese ravioli layered like lasagna

Or has a crockpot recipe for lasagna? I'm trying to come up with an easy lasagna method

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Reply Anybody ever use cheese ravioli layered like lasagna (Original post)
XanaDUer2 Jan 2022 OP
NQAS Jan 2022 #1
Siwsan Jan 2022 #2
XanaDUer2 Jan 2022 #6
Siwsan Jan 2022 #10
musette_sf Jan 2022 #3
Jilly_in_VA Jan 2022 #4
d_r Jan 2022 #5
luvs2sing Jan 2022 #7
Auggie Jan 2022 #8
XanaDUer2 Jan 2022 #9
Auggie Jan 2022 #11
XanaDUer2 Jan 2022 #12
Retrograde Jan 2022 #13
Lars39 Jan 2022 #14

Response to XanaDUer2 (Original post)

Wed Jan 5, 2022, 01:34 PM

1. I like the idea of ravioli

I might try that next time. I make spinach lasagna regularly, and I definitely do not like shredding mozzarella. (I know I can buy shredded mozarella, but it seems like cheating, and the only shredded in my store is the store brand. Not that the name brands are anything to write home about, but still. . . )

All of that said, let's face it, the appeal of lasagna is the melted, bubbling, browned mozarella and parmesan, so I think you'd at least have to add a top layer, even if you use the ravioli on the other layers.





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Response to XanaDUer2 (Original post)

Wed Jan 5, 2022, 01:37 PM

2. I do

I just put a light smear of the sauce in the bottom of a baking dish and then layer ravioli, sauce, cheese, 2 layers deep. Then, because I love cheese, I put some rounds of Provolone on top and bake until the top cheese is just starting to form a brown crust.

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Response to Siwsan (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 5, 2022, 01:57 PM

6. Bake how long and what temp, if I may ask?

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Response to XanaDUer2 (Reply #6)

Wed Jan 5, 2022, 02:50 PM

10. I bake it at 350, or so, and just keep an eye on the cheese

I pre-cook the ravioli and pre heat the sauce so most of the cooking is done. It's just that final 'Ta Daaaa!!' with the lovely cheese top.

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Response to XanaDUer2 (Original post)

Wed Jan 5, 2022, 01:38 PM

3. I've got a bag of Celentano meat ravioli in the freezer

along with a mozz log, lots of parm, a container of whole milk ricotta, and a good jar of Alfredo sauce (husband can't eat tomatoes any more). This sounds like a plan.

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Response to XanaDUer2 (Original post)

Wed Jan 5, 2022, 01:40 PM

4. No, but

Costco occasionally sells regular ravioli layered like that as one of their MREs. It's good but extremely filling.

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Response to XanaDUer2 (Original post)

Wed Jan 5, 2022, 01:47 PM

5. I do

Over coals in a dutch oven. I cook Italian sausage and.mushrooms and mix them in a bowl with prepared sauce. Then layer with cheese ravioli and cheese.

It would work fine in an oven.

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Response to XanaDUer2 (Original post)

Wed Jan 5, 2022, 02:19 PM

7. Yes, quite often.

I make a meat sauce (easy to brown a pound of ground beef and stir in a jar of pasta sauce). Put some sauce on the bottom of the baking dish, add a sprinkling of mozzarella, layer the ravioli. Repeat, ending with sauce and mozzarella. Lots of recipes online if you Google baked ravioli.

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Response to XanaDUer2 (Original post)

Wed Jan 5, 2022, 02:31 PM

8. Great idea. But how much easier is it to make than using lasagna noodles?

Still need to make and add layers of meat and sauce. And wouldn't the extra layer of ravioli flour make a very past-y and chewy casserole? I used penne the other day because the store was sold out of flat lasagna noodles and the pasta layer was way too dense.

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Response to Auggie (Reply #8)

Wed Jan 5, 2022, 02:34 PM

9. This is why I wanted input

Good points. I could use pre-cooked noodles, I suppose.

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Response to XanaDUer2 (Reply #9)

Wed Jan 5, 2022, 02:59 PM

11. I would try it with ravioli just for kicks. It sounds fun.

Just don't add too much ravioli. And go easy on the cheese if using cheese-stuffed ravioli.

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Response to Auggie (Reply #11)

Wed Jan 5, 2022, 03:47 PM

12. A plan!

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Response to XanaDUer2 (Original post)

Wed Jan 5, 2022, 05:08 PM

13. IIRC, Alton Brown did a crock pot lasagna

on one of the later Good Eats show: I didn't think it looked all that appealing.

There are lasagna noodles on the market that don't need to be boiled first: they kinda work, if you don't mind a somewhat cardboard texture.

Are you thinking of using the pre-made ravioli in place of the lasagna noodles, then covering them with a sauce? I'm not a purist, especially when it comes to Italian or Italo-American food - they both come down to pasta with cheese and a sauce: the pastas are just different shapes!

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Response to XanaDUer2 (Original post)

Wed Jan 5, 2022, 05:36 PM

14. I do! And it works great in an Instant Pot.

One minute on High, with Quick Release. I add spinach and cheese after itís done.

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