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Jun 6, 2014 03:23 PM

Need advice for baking home-made ravioli

I have home made ravioli in the freezer that I plan on baking for dinner tomorrow night. The plan is to spread some tomato sauce on the bottom of a lasagna pan, layer in the ravioli, and then top with more sauce and cheese.

Do I need to cook the ravioli first?? Any other suggestions?

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  1. I would cook them, dry them and then layer them with sauce.

    1. I have to ask why you want to bake rather than cook in water and then dress with your sauce and cheese?

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      1. re: c oliver

        I only have one stock pot, and I'm also serving home made fettucine with meat sauce.

        1. re: CarNut

          I'm thinking of all the work it took to make home made ravioli, only to turn them back into what sheets of pasta could do. As others say, I wouldn't precook or it could end up too watery.

      2. Yes, cook it first, even the day before, but to al dente only.

        1. No, you do not need to cook them first. Just thaw them.
          Be generous with the sauce and if it is on the thick side, thin it with water, to the thinness of tomato soup. Cover the pan with foil for 3/4 of the baking time, then remove for the end of cooking and add more cheese to the top, so it browns nicely. Not only is pre-cooking the ravioli unnecessary, but it risks some of them leaking or coming apart.

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          1. re: greygarious

            I'm changing my answer. I think grey has some good points.

            1. re: sandylc

              I didn't know we were allowed to change our answers. ;)

            2. re: greygarious

              I agree. I make a "ravioli lasagna" for my kids and I use uncooked ravioli from the supermarket refrigerator case. Layer with sauce and cheese and bake.

            3. Lots of recipes out there for frozen-baked-ravioli - here's one:

              This may not pass muster in Italy or fine dining establishments, but I've eaten a similarly prepared ravioli meal and it was just fine in my (perhaps) lowly opinion.