Figuring out the new normal around here has been a challenge. Over the last few years, I’ve become really good at cooking elaborate, time-consuming dinners for my family. Fresh bread at dinner was not uncommon, nor were comforting, simmer-all-day kind of meals. But then, I started working away from home again, and now I get home after 6pm, and even then I’m at the mercy of my girls’ schedules. Dinner has become somewhat of an afterthought, and as a food blogger, that’s a really, really tough pill to swallow.
My husband and I have spent some time brainstorming make-ahead meals, and we’ve come up with a plan that works for us. Most of our weekday meals require just about 30 minutes of prep and cooking time, so we are still able to eat a good, homemade meal with minimal time investment. It’s very important to us that even though we’re in a time crunch in the evenings, we continue to focus on healthy meals with natural ingredients whenever possible. Which brings me to this recipe. It makes being at work all day worth it. Plus, it’s brilliant.
Ravioli, made into lasagna? Seriously. Brilliant.
Since our family time is a precious commodity these days, we take advantage of dinnertime, and the entire family pitches in. The girls are old enough now that they can (and love to) help me in the kitchen, and this recipe is perfect for the kiddos – the layering and cheese-sprinkling is a great task for little hands.
As far as convenience goes, you can’t beat these awesome pastas from Monterey Gourmet Foods. They meet my high standards of flavorful, natural and high quality ingredients. In fact, Monterey Gourmet Foods takes great pride in their products, as dictated by their own, “Generally Natural Principles.” They offer a wide variety of products, which all have distinct flavors and are perfect for a family on the go – especially a family with high standards. While you can use any flavor of ravioli you like for this recipe, for me the Spinach Ricotta Ravioli was perfect. I dressed it up with a little homemade alfredo sauce that I made earlier in the week.
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- 12 oz Alfredo sauce
- 16 oz spinach & ricotta ravioli, cooked according to package preparation
- ⅛ cup pesto sauce
- ½ cup roasted red bell peppers (jarred or canned), sliced into julienne strips
- 1 and ⅓ cup pesto panko bread crumbs (see recipe below)
- ½ cup panko bread crumbs
- ¼ cup pesto sauce
- ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- ⅛ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray 8”x 8” baking pan with non stick spray.
- Smooth ¾ cup Alfredo Sauce over bottom of the baking pan.
- Layer ravioli, slightly overlapping in rows.
- Smooth ¼ cup Alfredo Sauce over ravioli.
- Dot with ⅛ cup Pesto.
- Layer remaining ravioli slightly overlapping in rows.
- Smooth remaining Alfredo Sauce over ravioli.
- Sprinkle with pesto panko bread crumbs, place roasted red peppers evenly across top and dot with remaining pesto sauce.
- Cover with foil and bake until sauce is bubbling, about 35 minutes.
- Remove foil and broil until bread crumbs are lightly browned.
- Let lasagna rest about five minutes. Serve with a large spoon.
- Mix all ingredients in a small bowl until thoroughly combined.