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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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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 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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