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Senior Care Recipes: Fast and Simple Ravioli Lasagna

Senior Care in Westwood, MA

Grandmother cooking with familyA home-cooked meal is a wonderful way to end a challenging day and spend some quality time relaxing with your aging loved ones, but the demands of a senior care plan can make it challenging to fit in cooking a whole meal along with all of your other tasks. Finding creative shortcuts to traditional recipes is a fantastic way to indulge in your favorite meals without having to sacrifice a huge amount of time to prepare it.

This recipe lets you enjoy a warm and comforting meal of lasagna in a minimal amount of time. Using the shortcut of prepared ravioli, the recipe is also simpler and less messy to prepare, enabling you to enjoy the meal without worrying about putting your kitchen back together afterwards. For an even faster meal, use your favorite jarred spaghetti sauce in place of the homemade sauce.

What You’ll Need

For the sauce:

  • 1 large onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can petite diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon basil
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Medium sauce pot
  • Sharp knife
  • Wooden spoon

For the lasagna:

  • 1 package frozen meat ravioli
  • 1 package frozen cheese ravioli
  • Large baking dish
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Shredded parmesan cheese
  • Large pot
  • Aluminum foil

What to Do

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
  • Prepare the frozen ravioli in the large pot according to package directions, pulling them out halfway through the cooking process to allow for further cooking in the oven
  • Put the cooked ravioli aside as you continue to prepare the sauce
  • Use the sharp knife to cut the onion into a small dice
  • Crush the garlic and mince it finely
  • Put the large skillet over medium heat and melt the butter and olive oil together until hot
  • Add the onions first, stirring with the wooden spoon to coat with butter and oil and allowing to cook until translucent and fragrant
  • Add the garlic and stir into the onions. Allow the garlic to cook until fragrant and soft, but do not cook too long as garlic burns extremely easily
  • Once the garlic is fragrant, pour in the tomatoes and stir together with the onion and garlic
  • Add the spices and sugar. Do not add the salt and pepper at this time
  • Bring the sauce to a boil and then lower the heat
  • Stir the sauce together, cover, and allow to cook over medium-low heat for 20 minutes
  • Add salt and pepper to taste and allow the sauce to continue cooking for another 15 minutes
  • Now it is time to assemble the lasagna
  • Spread a small amount of the sauce on the bottom of the baking dish
  • Add a layer of partially cooked meat ravioli
  • Add another layer of sauce and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese
  • Add a layer of partially cooked cheese ravioli
  • Repeat these layers until you have used all of the ravioli
  • Finish the lasagna with a layer of sauce, mozzarella cheese, and parmesan cheese
  • Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes
  • Remove the aluminum foil from the top of the lasagna and bake for another 10 to 15 minutes or
  • until the top cheese layer is bubbly
  • Serve with a side salad and bread for a complete meal

This is a fantastic meal to prepare ahead of time and freeze so that your parents’ senior health care services provider can warm it up and enjoy a satisfying lunch or dinner with your loved ones.

Modified from this recipe

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