Thursday, February 19, 2009

Easy Ravioli

Otherwise known as "Say No To The Can Ravioli".

I won't hold it against you if you love the can stuff but I really encourage you to try this quick and easy "homemade" version. It combines simple ingredients to create a yummy meal in under 30 minutes. And the best part is that you know exactly what's in it.

Here are the ingredients (minus the meat, which was browning):
Diced tomatoes, sliced mushrooms, diced onion,
roasted peppers, pasta sauce, and ravioli. As always with my cupboard concoctions, use what you have and feel free to add or subtract ingredients.

Sauce completed

Ravioli almost finished (9 times out of 10 it will float when it's done)

Yummy Sauce

Easy Ravioli


  • 1 lb lean ground beef (or turkey or whatever you like)
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (I used the "no added salt" variety)
  • 1 can sliced mushrooms (again, I used the "no added salt" variety)
  • 2 roasted red and/or yellow peppers, diced
  • I jar of your favorite pasta sauce or homemade sauce
  • 1 bag of frozen ravioli, I used the 5 Cheese variety

Bring a large pot of water to a boil.

While water is coming to a boil cook ground beef, in a dutch oven, or other large pan, until no longer pink. Season beef with salt and pepper as it's cooking. Drain fat, if any, and add onions. Saute beef and onions until onions are translucent, about 3 minutes. Add mushrooms and peppers and saute for a minute or two.

Stir in tomatoes and pasta sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Simmer until ready to serve.

Meanwhile, add the ravioli to the boiling water and cook according to package directions. Drain ravioli. At this point you can either mix the whole mess together or serve the sauce over the ravioli, whatever makes you happy.

I like to add a pinch of red pepper flakes for a little kick, feel free to omit if heat isn't your friend.


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