Cheese ravioli baked in a roasted garlic pasta sauce with Italian sausage, green peppers, and onion, then topped with mozzarella and mascarpone cheese.

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About Baked Italian Sausage Ravioli

By now you guys must know how much I love RAGÚ® Homestyle sauce (and if you didn’t already know, seriously, check out those links!) and today marks another delicious chapter in my ever-growing love for their sauces.

And, you guys, not to brag or anything (well, okay, maybe just a little) but I think I may have outdone myself with this recipe.

Because, yes, it was that good.

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I loved everything about this recipe – from the flavorful RAGÚ sauce (I used Thick & Hearty Roasted Garlic this time around) to the ultra-cheese topping to the tasty Italian sausage – and it all came together into the kind of dinner that an old friend of mine and I devoured in only one sitting.

The only “downside” to this recipe?

Technically, it wasn’t my idea to make it.

I’ve talked a lot in the past about how an old friend of mine and I have “different” tastes in food… if you can even call it “different.” What it really boils down to is that he likes a lot of savory meats in his diet while I, well, don’t. Seafood is probably the only meat I could happily eat on a daily basis. And if I ever do delve into the world of pork and beef, I like it by itself, not mixed up with a bunch of other ingredients. I guess you could say I’m more of a “meat purist.”

To better explain, this is the most common scenario at our house around dinner time:

I made a dish that I’m really happy with.

I let him try it and ask him what he thinks.

He responds: “I like it, but it would taste better with meat.”

I’m just waiting for the day when he says this about a brownie or a cake.

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So when I was brainstorming for this recipe, I did something I almost never do: I asked him what he wanted me to make.

What wasn’t I making that he wanted to see? Was it a kind of pasta? Or a specific type of meat?

Eventually we settled on Italian sausage and ravioli, since even I couldn’t remember the last time I had used either of those in a dish. The original idea was to make homemade sausage ravioli, and though I loved that idea, I really wanted something a little bit easier to put together. We’re still knee-deep in summer and didn’t want to stand around in my hot kitchen for hours just to make dinner.

As an alternative, I opted to cook the Italian sausage in the RAGÚ Thick & Hearty Roasted Garlic sauce, and it ended up being the perfect compromise. We still got all the benefits of a  meaty meal without slaving in the kitchen. Score!

When we were almost done with brainstorming, an old friend of mine’s face grew serious, and he proceeded to tell me (with hand gestures!) that he was envisioning a picture of a small baking dish full of our soon-to-be baked dinner, and that there would be a fork dipping in and pulling up a cheese-covered ravioli. He stressed to me that this should be a picture I took when photographing this dish.

MIssion: accomplished!

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Would you like to make this dish at home? Be sure to pick up any of RAGÚ® Homestyle sauce!

 

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Recipe Details

Baked Italian Sausage Ravioli! Cheese ravioli baked in a roasted garlic pasta sauce with Italian sausage, green peppers, and onion, then topped with mozzarella and mascarpone cheese. | HomemadeHooplah.com #ad
5 from 1 vote

Baked Italian Sausage Ravioli

15 mins prep + 50 mins cook
872 kcal
Yields: 4 servings
Cheese ravioli baked in a roasted garlic pasta sauce with Italian sausage, green peppers, and onion, then topped with mozzarella and mascarpone cheese.

Ingredients 

  • 1 lb Italian sausage
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 24 oz Ragu Homestyle Pasta Sauce, Thick & Hearty Roasted Garlic flavor
  • 1 cup italian tomatoes, (from a can) cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 9 oz ravioli, any type
  • 1/3 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 1 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded and divided
  • 1 tbsp parsley, fresh and chopped (optional)

Instructions

  • In a skillet over medium-high heat, cook and crumble Italian sausage with green bell pepper and onion until sausage is cooked through, about 5-7 minutes. Drain grease.
  • Add Ragu Homestyle Thick & Hearty Roasted Garlic pasta sauce and chopped Italian plum tomatoes to skillet, then stir. Reduce heat and let sauce simmer for 30 minutes.
  • While sauce is simmering, preheat oven to 350 F. Coat your chosen baking dish (either an 8x8 dish or individual oven-safe dishes) with cooking spray, then set aside.
  • Prepare ravioli per package instructions, then drain and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, use your hands to knead together 1 cup mozzarella and the mascarpone cheese, then break cheese mixture into crumbles with your fingers. Set aside.
  • When sauce is ready, add ravioli to pan and stir to coat. Pour ravioli into your prepared baking dish(es), then cover the top with an even layer of the cheese crumbles. Finish by sprinkling the remaining 1/2 mozzarella cheese on top.
  • Bake Italian sausage ravioli for 15-20 minutes or until the cheese on top has completely melted.
  • Serve immediately with parsley as garnish.

Nutrition

Calories: 872kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 61g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Cholesterol: 172mg | Sodium: 2390mg | Potassium: 996mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1600IU | Vitamin C: 42.8mg | Calcium: 301mg | Iron: 10.1mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I'm not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy

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21 comments

    • Tim Miller

    This looks amazing!

    • Sharon Braswell

    This looks SO good! Thank you for the recipe and an awesome Giveaway!! 🙂

    • Birdiebee

    I would love to try the HOMESTYLE THICK & HEARTY ROASTED GARLIC SAUCE.

    • Julie Murphy

    I would like the Homestyle Thick & Hearty Meat Sauce

    • Norma W.

    You are amazing to keep coming up with these … amazing recipes. Thanks so much. I have to go now … gotta new recipe to try! LOL

    • Rebecca

    I would love to try the cheese sauce.

    • sarah k

    This dish looks super yummy looking forward to trying it.

    • Jeanmartin Teramulo

    wow. look super hot yummy..

    #giveaway

    • Karrie

    I love and use the roasted garlic

    • Maria

    Homestyle Thick & Hearty Roasted Garlic Sauce sounds so yummy!

    • gail kirkwood

    Looks super yummy

    • Cheryl Nichols

    Love it ! Hit me good . Amazing recipe & and I use them all the time .

    • Stephanie Phelps

    What a great recipe and the sauces are amazing I have tried them!

    • tracy wardt

    I absolutely love the Ragu thick & hearty four cheese. I cant wait to try this recipe out. looks great.

    • Pat Schwab

    Thanks for the giveaway. I love a thick sauce. I would try the Homestyle Thick & Hearty Mushroom sauce.

    • Char

    Yum, I would love to try the roasted garlic. Thank you so much! I love the way you write <3

    • Jenny S

    This is a good dinner recipe for back to school weeknights.

    • Kathleen Kelly

    This looks really good! Thanks for the recipe and the giveaway! Have a great weekend!

    • SunnyDaysNora

    Yum! This looks soooo good! I love how flavorful the Roasted Garlic variety is!