Four Ingredients or Less!

Dinnertime is one of my favorite moments of the day - right behind planning the meal itself. I made the decision a couple of months ago to try at least one new recipe every week, and so far I've stuck with it. (It really cuts down on the number of torn-out recipes I have tucked around.)

Lately I've been on the look-out for recipes that use very few ingredients and have very few steps. Not only is our money precious right now, but so is my time and energy. This is one of those great finds: Ravioli Lasagna. Just three ingredients and a spice, plus you can fix it in just a couple of minutes and walk away for the hour that it's baking. If you want to play with the kind of cheese or different seasonings, let me know what worked best for you!

1 jar (26oz) pasta sauce
1 (13oz) bag frozen ravioli, thawed (meat or cheese)
1 1/2 cups shredded Italian blend cheese
Italian seasoning

1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9in square baking dish and a sheet of aluminum foil with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Pour pasta sauce into a separate bowl and stir in 1/2 cup of water.

3. Spread about 1 cup of the sauce into the bottom of the baking dish. Top with 16 ravioli, flat side up and touching. Cover with more sauce and 1/2 cup of cheese. Sprinkle this layer with Italian seasoning.

4. Repeat the layers until all the ravioli has been used. Top with last of the sauce, more Italian seasoning and end with cheese. Cover.

5. Bake 1 hour, then uncover and bake 5 more minutes, until cheese is browned. (Cheese may already be browned even with foil. Skip the second baking as the situation dictates.)

6. Serve with salad, garlic bread and a tall glass of milk!


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