Thursday, April 24, 2014

Ravioli Lasagna



I always wanted to be a Mom. Ever since I was a little girl I talked about "When I had my kids". I had decided that I wanted to have 9 by the way. Yes, you heard me, 9 kids! Of course that sounds awesome when you are young and have zero idea what having 1 kid would be like, never mind 9!

Then I had my first, my son. I was 23 and felt very prepared for the whole situation. Ya, ummm not so much. Actually I think I did OK. The fact that he is still breathing is a big clue to that fact eh?

But seriously, he was (and I know soooo many mothers say this) the perfect baby. So sweet and even tempered. Barely cried, I mean ever! He started sleeping through the night when he was just a few months old. I can't tell you how many times I woke up to the sound of him cooing and giggling over the baby monitor. I was seriously blessed.

Then he turned 2.

And became possessed.

No joke people. There were times that I waited for him to levitate and his head to spin around!

It was that mother's curse, I know it was. 

You know the one, I hope that when you grow up, you have kids "Just Like you"!

Then I had my daughter. This time I didn't even get 2 years. She was born screaming and didn't stop, or sleep, until she was about 6 months old. I was a wreck, and wondered how in the heck I was going to make it through their childhood in one piece, or with my sanity in tact.

Well my kids are now 25 and 22. They made it through in one piece, as did I. Although the whole sanity thing? Ya, the jury is still out on that one.

They moved out a year and a half ago. They have their own place, with their significant others, and Kevin and I have our privacy. Just the two of us, able to do whatever we want to do whenever we want to do it (get your mind out of the gutter), and for the first year I didn't know what to do with myself! It was awful. 

Now there are no dirty dishes in the sink, no laundry piled up, no screaming and yelling. But believe it or not I still miss them.

How do I get through it? I make them come to dinner once a week. I get to cook for them all. Talk and laugh and catch up with them. We hug, we smile, we eat, they still don't do dishes. But that's OK. Now when I see that sink full of dishes I smile, remembering all of those years, those little faces, and realize I am one of the luckiest Mom's in the world!!


Ravioli Lasagna  

4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 large onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes, undrained
1 cup dry red wine
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 pound spicy Italian Sausage
1 pound cremini mushrooms, sliced
1 large (28 ounce) package refrigerated cheese ravioli, defrosted
1/2 cup fresh basil, cut chiffonade (reserve some to garnish)
2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a large saucepan heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute. Add tomatoes, red wine, oregano, salt, and crushed red pepper. Bring to boiling then reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, about 10 minutes or until slightly reduced.

Meanwhile, in a very large skillet heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over medium heat. Add sausage and mushrooms. Crumbling the sausage with a wooden spoon, cook until no pink remains in the sausage and mushrooms are tender. Stir in the basil and set aside.
Spoon one-fourth of the tomato sauce into a 13 x 9" rectangular baking dish. Arrange half of the ravioli on top. Spoon half of the sausage-mushroom mixture over. Spoon another one-fourth of the sauce over sausage-mushroom mixture in baking dish. Top with half of the mozzarella cheese. Spoon another one-fourth of the sauce over cheese. Repeat layers with the remaining ravioli, sausage-mushroom mixture, sauce, and cheese.

Bake, covered, for 35 minutes. Uncover; bake about 5 minutes more or until cheese is bubbly and lasagna is heated through. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with remaining basil.

Serve with a green salad and garlic bread.

Serves 8

ENJOY!!


4 comments:

  1. This looks fantastic, Bobbi! Can't wait to try it. Pinning!

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    1. I hope you do give it a try. It is a great casserole for a hearty family meal!

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