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.
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.