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Ravioli Lasagna recipe - had to share!

Posted January 27, 2010

I just had to share this recipe I made tonight for dinner. Both girls loved it and my 10 year old carnivore said it was better than steak! She asked me to let her take the leftovers to school for lunch tomorrow (always a compliment for the chef). This one will definitely go into our Master Meal plan list. I adopted it from a recipe in the February All You Magazine. It was easy to make, frugal and delicious. Serve with a veggie (we had peas and corn) and that’s all you need. I used light cheese ravioli, but you could also use meat ravioli if you prefer. I am sure it would taste just as good.

Ravioli Lasagna


1 bag (approx 24 oz.) frozen light cheese ravioli

1 jar spaghetti sauce

12 oz light cottage cheese

6 oz. mozzarella cheese

2 oz. grated parmesan cheese

Italian spices and garlic to taste (I used about 1 tsp garlic powder and 1 tsp Italian seasonings)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread 1/3 of sauce over bottom of 13 X 9 pan. Place frozen ravioli on bottom of pan evenly. If you have a couple extra ravioli once bottom is covered, place them on top of other ravioli. Spoon 1/3 sauce over the top of the ravioli. Mix the cottage cheese, ½ of the mozzarella cheese and spices in a medium bowl. Spoon the cottage cheese mixture on top of the sauce and ravioli and spread to cover most of ravioli. Pour the remaining sauce around the edges to cover the ravioli. Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella cheese and the parmesan cheese over the top. Cover with tin foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 10 - 15  minutes until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbling. Serves 4. Enjoy!

Cost Breakdown

Ravioli (BOGO Celantano at HT a couple weeks ago): $2.50
Bertolli Sauce (BOGO at Lowe’s Foods with coupon about a month ago): .30
Cottage Cheese (store brand on sale last week): $1.15
Cheese (Kraft from Kroger Big Game Greats sale this week): .40
Parmesan (Lowe’s Foods store brand in bag from dairy dept): .70

Veggies were free Steamfresh (both HT and Lowe’s Foods had them for free the last couple weeks with sale and coupon).

Total for entire meal: $5.05

Cost per person: $1.26






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  • YesNoMaybeSo Jan 29, 2010

    Yum. My little ones would love this, and I like the idea of adding spinach and onions. A fresh salad would be great with it too even if it drives the $$$ a bit.

  • nckirks Jan 29, 2010

    Sounds delicious! I can't wait to try!

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jan 28, 2010

    Great ideas on making it more heart friendly, oish! I did use light ravioli, mozzarella and cottage cheese, but it would be just as good with a few less ounces of parm and mozz (well, at least close to it - lol). I prefer spinach and onions in dishes like this but my 8-year old is not so hip on them. Funny thing is that she loves spinach in spinach enchiladas (on the menu this week as well)! Thankfully she like lots of other great veggies. Thanks for your post.

    Snow - did you say snow kdc?! :-)

  • kdc1970 Jan 28, 2010

    Ohhh, that sounds good, just in time for our snow. : )

  • oish2003 Jan 28, 2010

    I wasn't criticizing - this dish is half the calories and saturated fat of a Double Cheeseburger combo at certain Burger chains (with freckles) and has less sodium than most frozen dinners or canned pastas. Some things for the uber-health conscious could do (at a possible cost increase) is buy a sauce with less sugar/sodium (usually the bland watery kinds - yummy), cut back a little on the Grated Cheeses, and go with the whole wheat/spinach/vegi Tortellinis/Raviolis. I'll probably try the recipe with some frozen spinach, onion and pepper mixed in to sneak in a little more veggie, but I appreciate the post. Cheap AND Healthy (AND Simple) is challenging.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jan 28, 2010

    Oish - we didn't eat the whole thing - I did mention leftovers. You are on a 200 calorie a day diet? ;-)

    On the menu tonight - veggie burgers, sweet potatoes (local Johnston Co taters) and pineapple slices.

    It really is ok to enjoy a cheesy dish once in a while as long as you don't eat like that every night. You are welcome to check out my meal plan here on the blog so you can see we eat a variety of different foods with high quality protein, high fiber carbs and lots of fruit and veggies. Thanks for your concern, though. :-)

    Jimmm - it is like a baked ravioli dish with the added cottage cheese. Really was quite good!

  • Jimm57 Jan 28, 2010

    Seems like more of a baked ravioli dish to me, but still good.

  • oish2003 Jan 28, 2010

    Estimated Nutritional Information per serving based on a 200 calorie diet: 762 Cals, 75 Carbs, 1930 mg Sodium (80%), 125mg Cholesterol (41%), Sat Fat 15g (75%)