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Cheese Ravioli Lasagna In A Tomato Basil Meat Sauce

Check out my new twist on a classic.

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Is it crazy to imagine taking a classic dish like lasagna and shaking it up a bit, right? What about taking a little help from your local grocery store. A great start is by purchasing a really good jarred sauce and making it taste as if you made it from scratch. This sauce will taste likes its been simmering on the stove all day.

The other ingredient I’m going to be using for this dish is a good quality store-bought cheese ravioli. They’re found in the freezer section of the grocery store. My favorite is the mini cheese ravioli.

If you’ve been reading my blog, you know that I’m utilizing each one of my fresh herbs, from my Organic Hanging Herb Garden, and incorporating them into my dishes. I’m highlighting sweet basil in my Cheese Ravioli Lasagna In A Tomato Basil Meat Sauce.

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Tomato Basil Meat Sauce

Tomato Basil Meat Sauce

Cheese Ravioli

8 X 11 Baking Dish

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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 3 to 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Yields: 8 to 10 servings
Equipment: 1 (9 x 13) baking dish, 2 (6-quart) saucepots, slotted spoon colander, a rimmed baking sheet pan, mini food processor or Microplane

Ingredients:
4 tablespoons of olive oil
2 pounds (90% lean) ground sirloin
1 large onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon of dried oregano
1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
1/4 cup of light brown sugar, lightly packed
1 teaspoon of fresh thyme leaves, finely chopped
2 (24-ounce) jars of Rao’s Marinara Sauce, tomato basil variety
2 tablespoons of Kosher salt
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup of chicken stock, unsalted
2 (1 pound 6-ounce) packages of frozen mini cheese ravioli
1 cup of fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
3/4 cup of Italian flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped (reserve 1/4 cup for the top)
2 packages of shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup of Parmigiano-Reggiano, freshly grated

Directions:
In a large saucepot over medium-high heat add olive. Add diced onions 1 tablespoon of Kosher salt, 1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper, red pepper flakes, dried oregano, and light brown sugar. Cook, stirring frequently, until the onions soften, 2 to 3 minutes. Next, add the chicken stock, bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for another 2 to 3 minutes reducing the liquid by half.

Reduce the heat to low, add both jars of tomato basil sauce. Simmer for another 15 minutes. Turn the heat to off, add the finely chopped fresh basil leaves, stir to combine.

In another saucepot over medium-high heat add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and the ground sirloin, 1 tablespoon of Kosher salt, and 1 teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper. Using a wooden spoon, break up the ground meat, stirring frequently. Add fresh thyme continue to cook until the sirloin is no longer pink and cooked through, about 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer the cooked sirloin, using a slotted spoon, to the containing the tomato sauce.

While the sauce is simmering have a large pot of salted boiling water ready. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to prevent the ravioli from sticking. Let cook just under the required time on the package, about 5 minutes. They’ll continue their cooking during the baking process. Drain the ravioli. Rinse under cool water to stop the cooking process, then drain well.

Preheat oven to 350-degrees F.
Start by ladling around 1 1/2 cups of the tomato basil sauce on the bottom of the baking dish. Next, arrange the mini ravioli in the dish covering all of the sauce. Then add the 1 package of shredded Mozzarella cheese and 1/2 cup of the grated Parmigiano-Reggiano covering all the ravioli. Sprinkle with half of the finely chopped flat-leaf Italian parsley. Top with another layer of the tomato basil sauce. Repeat this process one more time. You want to the shredded Mozzarella and grated Parmigiano-Reggiano end up on top. Finally, sprinkle the rest of the finely chopped flat-leaf Italian parsley over the cheese.

Spray the underside (dull side) of the foil with non-stick cooking spray and cover the dish tightly. This will prevent the cheese from sticking to the foil. Place the baking dish on top of a sheet pan. Bake covered for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake uncovered for another 10 or until the top is golden brown.

Let the baking dish rest for at least 15 minutes to set, before cutting.  Serve with fresh basil leaves.

Note:
What’s great about this recipe is you can prepare everything in advance. All you need to do is to prepare the sauce and the cheese ravioli. Layer all the ingredients into the baking dish. Allow enough time for the dish to come to room temperature. Spray off the dull side of the foil with non-stick cooking spray before tightly wrapping the baking dish. That will prevent the cheese from sticking to the foil in the baking process.

Transfer the whole covered dish into the refrigerator until you’re ready to bake. I recommend no more than two days. If it’s been previously refrigerated, the baking time will vary (may take 45 to 50 minutes or until golden and bubbly).

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Sharetheexceptional.com-Coeur a la Creme!

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Thermador is one of the great makers of kitchen appliances. They are always showcased in a subscription I receive called,  Traditional Home. Inside the magazine was an article, Moments Worth Sharing.

Live, Cook, Share,  was printed along with this website, sharetheexceptional.com.  I went to the site and it asked, “to upload a photo or share your story and you could be featured in our next campaign.”

I found a favorite photo of my Coeur a la Creme. A French-style cheesecake is how I describe this dessert.  It’s like a taste of heaven with its light and creamy texture. Family and friends are always astonished by its beauty and elegance.

From what I understand, my photo has been picked among others to be posted in their gallery. Next, I believe, will be the one or ones that will be in an article. My fingers are crossed!

I went to the site and uploaded the picture. Today I received an e-mail from sharetheexceptional.com. The picture of my Coeur a la Creme above was featured on their site.

What a great feeling!!!

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Barbecue Pulled Pork

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Having worked in the barbecue industry for over 30 years, I  believe any cabbage slaw should be a part of your pulled pork sandwich. It just adds another layer of flavor and great texture to the sandwich.

I made a Fennel slaw for my Slow Cooked Pulled Pork sandwiches and If you’d like that recipe, click the link at the bottom of this post.

 

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My Chipotle And Cola Crock-Pot Pulled Pork recipe is super delicious and really easy to make. For that recipe, just click on the link at the bottom of this post. This time I’m making my Barbecue Pulled Pork, using my Dutch oven. I’m using a bone-in pork shoulder better know as a pork butt.

I always seem to have enough pulled pork to last for a couple of days. The second day I love to use the hot pulled pork and lay it ever so gently over a cold crisp salad.

This time, I’m making a really easy wet rub that can be done in the food processor. The great thing is you can make the wet rub in advance.

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Inactive Prep Time 24  hours (at least overnight)
Cook Time: 4 hours 40 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 50 minutes
Yields: 6 servings
Equipment: 6-quart Dutch Oven, 10-cup food Processor

Ingredients:
4 to 5-pound bone-in pork shoulder (pork butt)
2 large onions, quartered
1/2 cup chicken stock, unsalted
1 cup of Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce (substitute homemade barbecue sauce)
Fresh bake Ciabatta rolls

Ingredients For Wet Rub:
1 large onion quartered
4 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons of Champagne wine vinegar (white vinegar is fine)
1/4 cup light brown sugar
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon ground mustard
2 tablespoons Kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon paprika
2 tablespoons of onion powder
2 Chipotle peppers, seeded and roughly chopped
2 teaspoons of the adobo sauce (from the can of chipotle peppers)
1/4 cup water

Directions For Wet Rub:
Place all of the above ingredients into a food processor. Process until all the ingredients are combined. Place the pork butt (pork shoulder) on a sheet pan and massage the wet rub all over the pork. Even in all of its crevices. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 24 hours (at least overnight).

Directions For Braising Pork:
Preheat oven to 350-degrees F.
Place the quartered onions in the bottom of the Dutch oven.  Place the pork butt, fat side up, resting on top of the onions, and pour in the chicken broth. Place the lid on and transfer the pot to the oven. Cook for approximately 4 to 4 1/2 hours, or until pork is tender.  When you remove the pork from the pot, the meat should want to fall apart and away from the bone.

Place the pork onto a sheet pan. Turn the stove on medium-high heat, bring the liquid in the pot up to a boil, turn the heat down to a simmer and reduce the cooking liquid, in the pot, by half. This should take about 10 minutes. While the liquid is reducing, remove the bone(s) and the fat cap. Use two forks to shred the pork. Add the pulled pork back into the pot. Add barbecue sauce, using a pair of tongs, toss to combine. Turn the pot down to the lowest setting, cover to keep warm until ready to serve.

To Serve:
Butter and grill Ciabatta rolls. Top with my Fast Homemade Garlic Dill Pickles, and a side of my Fennel Slaw, or make your favorite salad topped with this delicious Barbecue Pulled Pork.

Fennel Slaw

Fast Homemade Pickles

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