Friday, May 04, 2007

Baked Ravioli

This recipe was a by product of my need to finish up a huge packet of frozen spincach ravioli from Costco. The first time I made it with a tomato basil base but the use of pesto for this dish, like any other, improves it phenomenally. Now my hubby loves this so much that I always make excess and it also recently won the title of "Best Veggie Dish" and "Best Comfort Food" in my office potluck. So here goes.....


  • Frozen or fresh spinach ravioli or any ravioli of your choice - 20/25 ravioli pieces
  • Cherry tomatoes - 15-20
  • Bell peppers julienne cut- all colors and any number you like
  • Sun dried tomatoes
  • Olives (chopped)
  • Pine nuts - handful
  • Pesto Sauce - 1 cup (I user Trader's Joe's pesto but you could make your own)
  • Basil leaves julienne cut- 5/6 (optional)
  • Mozarella cheese grated - 1 cup
  • Parmesan cheese grated - 1 cup
  • Sale to taste
  • Crushed red pepper
  • Crushed black pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Whole Garlic
  • Heat water with some salt and boil the ravioli until al-dente (not too soft and still has some bite left to it)
  • In a pan, heat some olive oil and toast the pinenuts and garlic until brown
  • Saute the bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, olives and sun dried tomatoes until semi cooked
  • Add the pesto sauce, crushed black and red pepper and some salt to taste to the cooked veggies
  • In a baking pan, layer the bottom with the ravioli. Top it with a layer of the veggies with pesto and a light layer of mozarella chese , parmesan cheese and basil leaves
  • Add another layer of ravioli and veggies
  • Top with mozarella first and then parmesan. When broiled the parmesan will harden up on the top giving a crispy crust.
  • Stick the baking pan in the oven preheated at 350F for 15-20 mins or until you see a golden brown crust on top
  • Serve with fresh grated parmesan cheese and chopped basil on top.


Asha said...

Hi Smita, we love Ravioli, specially if stuffed with spinach and cheese!. Baked Ravioli looks yum,thanks girl.
Glad you enjoyed the Gourd dish:))

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Kristin said...

Tried your recipe this evening. I didn't have basil leaves, pine nuts, or sun dried tomatoes. I omitted the sun dried tomatoes, added spinach, and substituted pecans for the pine nuts. It was very good. Great idea!