This baked ravioli will have your family cheering. It’s the perfect weeknight meal!
Summer is nearly over and you know what that means. Swamped school nights are almost here. Us busy moms need a few go-to easy dinner dishes that we can whip up quickly on busy week nights. Am I right? This baked ravioli dish does not disappoint. It’s delicious and time saving to boot. I just love how you can save time and energy when dinner is on the table in one dish all in about 30 minutes. That is a huge win in my household! It’s the little things…
Also, with the family totally distracted by cheesy ravioli and marinara sauce, I find it a great way to sneak in vegetables like the eggplant that I used in this particular dish. It might be silly, but I kind of give myself a mental high-five every time my kiddos happily eat a new vegetable. I would never show my poker face, but on the inside I’m hooting and hollering! I’m sure you fellow mamas can relate. Dinner battles are about as fun as bedtime battles.
How to Make Baked Ravioli
1 bag of frozen ravioli of your choice (I used large cheese ravioli but you could choose a different size or filling)
Fresh mozzarella sliced
1/3 cup cream cheese
1/2 tsp. thyme (dried)
1/2 tsp parsley (dried)
Handful of basil leaves sliced
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
Optional: ½ eggplant cubed or other veggie that does well baking such as zucchini or squash
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a baking dish.
- Boil water and add ravioli for approximately 5 minutes until soft. (3 minutes for small ravioli.)
- In a saucepan, combine marinara and cream cheese. Stir until cream cheese has melted and mixed in. Stir in thyme and parsley.
- Add ravioli to dish, sprinkle cubed eggplant or vegetable evenly throughout.
- Spread marinara sauce over the ravioli mixture and then add mozzarella slices.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly.
- Sprinkle Parmasan cheese and basil on top.
- Cool slightly, serve and dig in!
See? I told you this weeknight dinner was fast and easy! That literally is all there is to getting dinner quickly on the table on an already jam packed week night. And if your house is anything like mine, once this baked ravioli is served, there should be some empty plates on the table in no time! Yum! That also makes doing the dishes easier too. Luckily that’s not the cook’s job, ha!
And just in case you need some more dinner inspiration, I shared a few more of our favorite weeknight dinner recipes below. Trust me when I say that the oh so hectic back to school season is going to hit you fast and hard! Preparation is the name of the game my friends. Start collecting simple recipes you can count on now!
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