Baked Ravioli and Spinach with Charred Tomatoes

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Baked Ravioli and Spinach with Charred Tomatoes — If a one-dish meal is on the top of your list, check out this greens-packed, cheesy, pasta bake. This weeknight dinner is easy, and the whole family will love it.

Tara from TaraTeaspoon.com here, and I’ll tell you a not-so-secret secret.  A melted layer of cheesy deliciousness on top is what separates baked pasta from the regular sauced kind. Yep, it’s that simple.

Baked pastas are one of my favorite, crowd-pleasing, go-to dinners. I can use jarred sauces, add veggies or not, and make a lot or a little.

Baked Ravioli and Spinach with Charred Tomatoes -- If a one-dish meal is on the top of your list, check out this greens-packed, cheesy, pasta bake.

It’s really my kind of casserole. A one-dish meal where separate ingredients come together in melty goodness. I love how the pasta cooks right in the sauce, so it absorbs that tomato flavor.

I have more tasty one-dish meals on TaraTeaspoon.com that make dinner easy. This delicious Coconut Fish Curry is made right on the stove in ONE skillet. Just a few ingredients make a coconut curry sauce you’ll want to drink! Your family will be thrilled with the new dinner lineup.

Blistering the tomatoes for the Baked Ravioli and Spinach with Charred Tomatoes

Baked Ravioli and Spinach with Charred Tomatoes is incredibly easy to make!

I wanted to make this baked ravioli a bit more special than a dump-and-cook situation, so I added some charred grape tomatoes for a tangy, caramelized bite. Charring the tomatoes before adding them to the casserole brings out the sweetness and adds a little sophistication. Just throw them under the broiler for a few minutes.

Adding some baby spinach is a go-to. For me it’s a way to get some veggies into dinner without having to make a separate side dish. Here I added some shredded basil to the greens for a pop of herby flavor.

Baked Ravioli and Spinach with Charred Tomatoes... gathering the ingredients

Everything gets mixed together right in the baking dish! I cover it to cook so the baked ravioli doesn’t dry out. It only takes about 30 minutes to simmer and heat through. Uncover the dish and add your cheesy goodness layer. Melt the top and you’re ready to enjoy. Here it is ready to go in the oven.

Baked Ravioli and Spinach with Charred Tomatoes... ready for the oven

I used fresh mozzarella because my market had it available. You can use regular shredded mozzarella in place of the fresh. Any cheese ravioli will be delicious, but feel free to change things up and use a meat or mushroom ravioli in place of the cheese variety.

Baked Ravioli and Spinach with Charred Tomatoes... dinner is done and oh-so-delicious!

Baked Ravioli and Spinach with Charred Tomatoes

A one-dish meal packed with greens, cheesy pasta and tangy tomatoes. In under an hour you have dinner on the table.

Yield: Serves 6

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients:

1 pint grape tomatoes
1 16-oz bag frozen cheese ravioli
1 5-oz bag baby spinach
½ cup basil leaves, chopped
2 cups marinara sauce
3/4 cup diced or shredded mozzarella
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan

Directions:

  1. Heat broiler with oven rack 6 inches below. Line the bottom of a 2-quart baking dish with foil and add grape tomatoes. Broil until tomatoes are just soft and skin is charred, about 5 min.
  2. Remove tomatoes and foil and set aside. Set oven to 400ºF.
  3. In the baking dish, toss together the charred tomatoes, ravioli, spinach, basil, marinara and the mozzarella. Cover with foil and bake until cooked through, about 25 minutes. Uncover, sprinkle with extra mozzarella and the Parmesan and bake another 10 minutes until the cheese is melted.
  4. Serve with extra Parmesan, and French bread on the side.

Enjoy, Tara

Baked Ravioli and Spinach with Charred Tomatoes -- If a one-dish meal is on the top of your list, check out this greens-packed, cheesy, pasta bake. This weeknight dinner is easy, and the whole family will love it.

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I'm Tara from New York City, and my blog and recipe website is TaraTeaspoon.com. Cooking and eating are my passion, and chocolate chip cookies make an appearance at my house most days. I stay in shape by running around the City and climbing to my apartment—which happens to be a fifth floor walkup! I've been cooking professionally for almost twenty years. For my day job, I'm a food stylist and recipe developer, and have worked as the Food Director of Ladies' Home Journal and food editor at Martha Stewart. I love what I do, and I love connecting with you online. It's a new and fun world for me, and a wonderful community! Thanks for being a part of mine!

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  1. Maria M posted on February 21, 2017 at 6:04 pm (#
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    Looks amazing! Does this freeze and reheat well?

    • I Heart Naptime posted on February 21, 2017 at 7:14 pm (#
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      Yes, it does! So it’s perfect for a double-batch, to gift to a family in need of a meal or for emergency back-ups. :)