Minerva’s Mock Ravioli

by Anne Bennett on May 18, 2009

My mother’s name was Anne, but when my brother was studying Latin in high school, he nicknamed her Minerva, after the Roman goddess of wisdom. She was known only as Minerva for the rest of her life. This casserole probably came from a 1950‘s ladies’ magazine. Like a lot of post-war housewives eager to experiment with new dishes, Minerva was always on the lookout for exotic recipes and ladies’ magazines gladly provided them. Mock Ravioli instantly became her entertaining centerpiece. She kept an assembled casserole in the freezer for unexpected dinner guests.

2 T. olive oil
1/2 lean ground beef
1/2 lb. turkey Italian sausage, casings removed
1 large onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 24-oz. jar marinara sauce (try to find one with no added sugar)
Salt and pepper to taste
1 10-oz. package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
12 oz. farfalle (bow-tie) or penne pasta
8 oz. shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese
1/2 c. freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet and brown ground beef, turkey sausage, onion and garlic. Add pasta sauce and spinach and simmer until thickened, about 10 minutes. Adjust seasonings with salt and pepper

While sauce is cooking, boil pasta in large pot of salted water until al dente and drain.

Place half the pasta in a greased 9” by 13” casserole dish. Top with half of the sauce and half of the cheeses. Repeat layers and top with the rest of the cheese.

Bake until browned and bubbling, about 30 to 45 minutes. Serve with extra grated Parmesan cheese.

Note: Minerva’s original recipe called for ground beef and no turkey sausage, canned tomatoes and shredded cheddar cheese.  This updated version is easier and better. I think Minerva would have preferred it too.

Serves: 8

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Linda May 21, 2009 at 8:55 am

Looks yummy…will definitely plan to try it!

Linda June 1, 2009 at 10:21 am

Anne, we tried this today…just had some for lunch and thoroughly enjoyed it. Delish…thanks!

Renee June 5, 2009 at 4:36 pm

This sounds really good! Thanks for mentioning it at the meeting this morning. As you know, I love to cook and am always looking for new recipes.

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