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Did you know you could bake ravioli's, I mean instead of boiling them. I did not and I think it is really cool. It all started because I was looking for an easy dish for Chloe to make. I am focusing on teaching Chloe some recipes for dinner, that she can make all by herself and does not need me. I saw this idea and thought it would be so simple for Chloe. I got one of those big bags of frozen cheese ravioli's at Costco. We used jarred red sauce but next time I am going to teach her how to make a simple meat sauce. All we did was layer some sauce, then the ravioli's still frozen, some cheese and sauce again, till we ran out of ravioli's.

The reason I am posting this, is because I think it is pretty brilliant. Maybe it is only me, but when I boil ravioli's, tortellini's, ect. sure enough some break, I get filling floating in my water, ect, yuck !!! By baking them, they cooked beautifully without the boiling, without the breaking pasta, without the mess.

We also made these wonderful apricot marzipan bars. I was able to unmold them because I used one of those silicone baking pans. If you do not have those, you can just cut them into bars.

Baked Ravioli's

1 large package fresh, not dried (can be frozen and not defrosted) cheese ravioli's

Sauce and cheese    

Preheat oven to 350

In a large deep baking dish pour some sauce, then a layer of ravioli's, then some cheese, repeat again till you run out of ravioli's. Cover with a heavy lid or wrap tight with foil. Bake 35 minutes or if ravioli's are still frozen 60 minutes.




Apricot Marzipan Bars
    
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) soft butter

3/4 cup almond paste or marzipan

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tsp. almond extract

1 1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup sugar

2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1 large egg

8-ounce jar apricot jam

1/2 cup sliced, toasted almonds

    
Preheat your oven to 350. Lightly grease a 9" x 9" pan.

Beat the butter, sugar and almond paste until blended. Add the extracts. Mix in flour, salt and baking powder. The dough will be crumbly. Add the egg and mix until blended. Reserve 1/3 of dough, then use the remaining to line the bottom of the greased pan.

Spread jam over the dough. Crumble the reserved dough over the jam. Sprinkle with almonds and sparkling sugar.

Bake the bars for 25 to 30 minutes, till they're golden brown and the jam is bubbly. Remove from the oven, cool for 30 minutes, then cut into bars or unmold if using silicone pan.

Comments

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sara

oh my that apricot marzipan heart is gorgeous! What lucky girls you have!!

sandy

Hi - I love finding easy recipes for my kids to make. The dessert looks yummy too!

Mrs.Staggs

I think that heart is so pretty. I've been thinking about making a big heart shaped brownie with a pan that I have.

I've never thought about baking ravioli. That's a wonderful idea. Thank you for sharing it, and your recipes.

karla nathan

I wondered about those pans, I'll have to try one. Glad to hear they work so well.

And I love to bake Raviolis, such a time saver! layer 'em up in a pan and pop them in the oven, all pretty simple and tasty!

Gumbo Lily

Great idea with the raviolis! Reminds me of a simple lasagna-style idea. I like to know that my boys can make even a handful of simple meals. It comes in so handy on "date night" or when mom is ill.

Good job!
Jody

diXymiss

Ooh, good to know. I just made up a very similar "lazy lasagne" recipe. It was delish, but I did loose a few ravioli's by boiling vs. baking them. NeXt time I'll give your tip a try ~ thanX!

Tara

oops--forgot to include the link!

http://daysmissedonahammock.blogspot.com/
Tara

Tara

Thank you for sharing these recipes--they look great and I am always on the look out for tried and true!
Nice blog--hope you can take a hop over to mine!
:0)
Tara

LaTeaDah

Great ideas, yummy recipes! And good for Chloe for becoming a good chef!

Enjoy a good week!
LaTeaDah

Rosemary

Thanks again Clarice,
You are always full of good ideas, and good recipes.
Hope you had a nice weekend,
Rosemary

June

Your recipes sound ever so delicious! I love the heart-shaped apricot marzipan; it's so pretty. And I did not know that about baking ravioli; actually, I've never made ravioli. I really ought to try this.

Janet

What a great idea and I love the meat ravioli with sauce an lots of mozzarella baked together. So yummy1 Apricot is one of my favorite fruits, so that heart looks yummy to me.
Janet

the feathered nest

I think it's a brilliant idea too! I was teaching Savanna how to cook some easy things when school started intruding into her free time! But I hope to start again soon and I'll have her try this recipe. I'd love to know what other things your teaching Chloe to cook.

Manuela

Kelli

The same thing happens to me when I boil ravioli too, thank you for the tip! Your apricot marzipan heart is absolutely gorgeous!
Hugs,
Kelli

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