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20-Minute "Microwave" Ravioli Casserole

I would like to ask your opinion and comments. What is your view and experience with preparing food in the microwave?

 

While going through my cookbooks, I came across an old thin book called Microwave Cooking Basics. While browsing through each page I thought about offering a shortcut recipe for those who use their microwave all the time or would like to use it more often.

Below is a 20-minute one pan meal inspired by Betty Crocker herself so your family can be eating in no time without pulling out all the pots and pans. There is a conversion to vegetarian at the end of the recipe.

I'm looking forward to learning your experiences and ideas on microwave cooking since I do not have much to offer except how to melt butter or chocolate and this recipe which is quite delicious. 

Ingredients

1 pound lean ground beef

1 small onion, chopped (1/4 cup)

1 cup frozen peas, rinsed in a colander

2 packages (12-ounces each) beef ravioli, cooked

2-1/2 cups homemade Marinara sauce

1 teaspoon of oregano

1/4 cup grated Parmigiano or Pecorino cheese

1 cup shredded mozzarella

Crumble beef into 2-quart microwavable casserole preferably one that has a cover. Add onion. Cover loosely and microwave on High 5 to 6 minutes, stirring after 3 minutes, until beef is no longer pink; drain.

Stir in cooked ravioli, marinara sauce, peas and oregano. Cover tightly and microwave 5 to 7 minutes, stirring after 3 minutes, until hot. The casserole will be hot so use oven mitts when handling. Sprinkle with cheese. Cover and let stand until cheese is melted.Makes 6 (1-cup) servings

For vegetarians, leave out the beef using a little less marinara sauce and use cheese ravioli. In its place a cup of ricotta can be added to the ravioli. 

This recipe is from Amelia's Kitchen.

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Richard May February 17, 2013 at 08:40 PM
Why bother? Just buy fresh ravioli with a filling of your choice and cook quickly in a sauce pan with butter, a bit of olive oil and fresh sage. Grate some parmigiano when finished.
Amelia Bonacorso February 18, 2013 at 01:07 PM
Thank you for your response, Richard. I agree and your simple recipe sounds delectable.
Chef of the future February 18, 2013 at 02:42 PM
Cooking Ravoli in a micro-wave ??!! As my grandmother would say Disgraciade.
Amelia Bonacorso February 18, 2013 at 03:38 PM
That made me smile, Chef of the future. I can hear my own grandmother saying that. Thanks for your comment.
Paska Nayden February 18, 2013 at 07:46 PM
Great point...
Johnnie February 18, 2013 at 11:05 PM
Ravioli inspired by Betty Crocker? Not so Italian and not the best ravioli recipe. Agreed, much fresher to boil the ravioli. I personally am not a microwave fan at all - it changes the cheese flavor.
Amelia Bonacorso February 19, 2013 at 01:43 PM
It most likely is an American twist on an Italian recipe. The original recipe from Betty used canned ravioli. I'm beginning to believe that there are not many who use their microwave to actually cook a meal.
Siwanoy February 19, 2013 at 01:53 PM
some people may not have a stove... like most college students living in a dorm.
Siwanoy February 19, 2013 at 01:55 PM
Much fresher to make the ravioli your own as well, if you want to keep it authentic Italian, no?
Canaanite February 19, 2013 at 02:41 PM
COOK in a MICROWAVE??? SACRE BLEU!!!
Jaimie Cura (Editor) February 19, 2013 at 03:57 PM
I've seen recipes for single servings of cake that you can make in the microwave, in a coffee mug. Anyone ever use their microwave to make a 'cup of cake?'
Siwanoy February 19, 2013 at 04:29 PM
i've made brownies in the microwave, from cvs.
Amelia Bonacorso February 19, 2013 at 04:44 PM
There must be a few good recipes here and there. Thanks Jamie, cake in a coffee mug sounds very simple to do.
Amelia Bonacorso February 19, 2013 at 04:45 PM
Siwanoy, did you like the way the brownies came out?
Jaimie Cura (Editor) February 19, 2013 at 06:11 PM
Amelia, I just found a whole Pinterest album devoted to cake in a cup recipes! (And I see a mac & cheese recipe made its way into the album too!) http://pinterest.com/VelvieHelton/cake-in-a-mug-meals-in-a-mug/
Siwanoy February 19, 2013 at 06:19 PM
They weren't the best brownies i've ever had, but they were just as good as your standard box mix brownie. Just have to be careful with the microwave power/time, (as with anything you microwave) took me a few times to make them gooey in the middle the way I liked!
Siwanoy February 19, 2013 at 06:19 PM
caution, if you have a sweet tooth, don't look at that link without a napkin handy for your drool.
Amelia Bonacorso February 19, 2013 at 06:55 PM
Thank you for your microwave baking tips, Siwanoy. As you said earlier, a microwave is a great cooking tool for college kids who don't have access to a stove and want to cook something fresh.
Jaimie Cura (Editor) February 19, 2013 at 06:58 PM
Very true! And if you haven't eaten lunch yet, you may opt to skip it in favor of dessert, after seeing all those treats!
Amelia Bonacorso February 19, 2013 at 07:00 PM
Oh my Siwanoy is right! I just checked the link Jaimie sent. Lots of sweet things to make in the microwave.Thanks so much, Jaimie - I love what you found. Although not for everyone, it is a culinary avenue to examine.
Amelia Bonacorso February 19, 2013 at 07:28 PM
Jaimie, I found another link on pinterest for microwave dinners. The recipes seem easy to prepare as is or substitute other ingredients; I'm sure there are more. Those who find it necessary to use the microwave to cook, this link might be of interest to you. http://pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=microwave+dinners
Jaimie Cura (Editor) February 19, 2013 at 07:37 PM
Nice! And did you see the crafty tip of reusing microwave meal trays as paint palettes? Smart!
Amelia Bonacorso February 19, 2013 at 08:01 PM
No I didn't, I'll have to look further - but that is very smart.
Amelia Bonacorso February 20, 2013 at 03:25 PM
While looking for the crafty tip of reusing microwave meal trays as paint palettes, I came across a five-minute coffee cake in a jar that I must try. I do like the ideas of an individual serving for portion control. For a clear make-ahead plan for heating prepared food in the microwave, visit Martha Stewart at http://www.marthastewart.com/870092/mad-hungry-tv-dinners

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