Sunday, October 9, 2011

Skillet Ravioli Pizza- Kids in the Kitchen

This is a fun and easy kid-friendly meal.  Any meal with the title of "pizza" is automatically appetizing to the little people in my house.  Easily prepared meals, like this one, is a great way to involve older children in the kitchen.  Things that are simple to put together with limited steps can engage a little "chef in training".  My son has developed an interest in cooking in the last year.  I will feature one of his recent creations in the coming week.  He likes to help out with meals and this skillet pizza is one of his favorites.  I made two versions of this dish.  The first has artichoke and olive whole grain ravioli, organic marinara sauce and sliced buffalo mozzarella.  The second version has whole grain cheese ravioli, organic marinara, uncured pepperoni and shredded mozzarella.  There are so many variations that you can do with this "pizza" with different pastas, cheese varieties and sauces.  Make it your own favorite!  Enjoy~

Skillet Ravioli Pizza


Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups water
1 (24oz) package frozen small ravioli (preferably whole grain) *you can use refrigerated ravioli, like the artichoke version that I feature, just reduce the water by 1/2 cup
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 3/4 cups organic marinara sauce (such as Newman's Own Cabernet Marinara)
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella (or a combination of shredded and sliced)
20 uncured regular or turkey pepperoni slices

Here are some ingredients that I used for the artichoke/olive "pizza":


Combine water, ravioli and olive oil in a large non-stick skillet. 


Cover and bring to a boil on high heat.  Remove lid after boiling begins and reduce to medium-high heat.  Cook 5-6 minutes, stirring often to prevent pasta from sticking, or until most all of the liquid is absorbed.  Stir marinara sauce into the ravioli and reduce heat to low.  Cook 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly until pasta is hot and tender.  Spread ravioli evenly into a single layer.  Sprinkle with cheese and arrange pepperoni slices on top.  Cover and cook 3-4 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Artichoke and Olive Ravioli Pizza


Bon Appetit~

For the grown-ups, a nice Pinot Noir is good here. :)

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