Cheesy Baked Ravioli with Creamy Marinara Meat Sauce
 
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This cheesy baked ravioli with creamy marinara meat sauce is ideal for busy weeknights. It's ready in under 30 minutes, and there's plenty for leftovers!
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Recipe type: Dinner, Casserole, 30 Minute Meal
Cuisine: Italian, American
Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
Ground Turkey:
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • salt and pepper, to taste
Marinara Sauce:
  • browned ground turkey (recipe above)
  • 2 cups Marinara sauce (store bought or homemade)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon dried marjoram
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 4 oz cream cheese, cut into cubes
Baked Ravioli
  • 25 oz frozen cheese ravioli, cooked according to package
  • prepared creamy marinara meat sauce (recipe above)
  • 1 cup freshly shredded mozzarella cheese (divided)
  • ½ cup shredded Parmesan Romano cheese (divided)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare the ravioli according to package instructions.
  3. As the ravioli is boiling, begin to brown the ground turkey. Heat olive oil in a pot over medium flame.
  4. Once oil is warmed enough, add the ground turkey. Break ground turkey apart, and once it is almost cooked through, begin to add the spices for flavor.
  5. Add smoked paprika, dried parsley, onion powder, garlic powder, lemon pepper, ground nutmeg, and salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Once the meat has browned thoroughly, add the Marinara sauce to the pan and stir the meat into the sauce until it's all combined.
  7. Add the minced garlic, basil, smoked paprika, marjoram, and cardamom and stir until it is all well combined.
  8. Continue to cook the sauce until it starts to bubble. Reduce heat to a simmer, and allow to simmer, while stirring occasionally, for 3-4 minutes.
  9. Add the cream cheese to the sauce, cut into cubes. Remove from heat, stirring until the cream cheese has melted and the sauce is creamy.
  10. Once the ravioli is done, remove from heat and drain.
  11. Spray a 2½ quart casserole dish with non stick cooking spray.
  12. Spoon a bit of sauce into the bottom of the casserole dish, then layer half of the cooked and drained ravioli on top of the sauce. Cover the ravioli with half of the prepared sauce, then sprinkle with half of the shredded cheese and half of the Parmesan Romano cheese.
  13. Spread the final layer of cooked ravioli on top, then cover with remaining meat sauce, then the remaining shredded cheese, and the remaining Parmesan Romano cheese.
  14. Bake uncovered in preheated oven for 22 minutes.
  15. Remove from oven and sprinkle with chopped fresh basil.
  16. Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes prior to serving.
  17. Cover and refrigerate leftovers, and store for 3-4 days.
  18. This dish does reheat well.
  19. Enjoy!
Notes
This recipe is adapted from Damn Delicious - Baked Ravioli Recipe
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2-3 Raviolis Calories: 401 Fat: 18.3 g Saturated fat: 8.5 g Trans fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 33.6 g Sugar: 4.9 g Fiber: 2.6 g Protein: 24.2 g Cholesterol: 88.1 mg
Recipe by Mama Harris' Kitchen at https://mamaharriskitchen.com/2019/09/cheesy-baked-ravioli-creamy-marinara-sauce/