The perfect dish for a potluck -

The perfect dish for a potluck

This dish is great for potlucks! Instead of other lasagnas that you can slave over for hours, you can spend just 10 minutes throwing this together. And the best news is that it can be assembled up a day in advance! After preparing it, simply cover it with plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator (be sure to remove the plastic wrap before baking) so it can be baked just before serving.

Make sure you find a brand of ravioli with as little fat as possible. Some are laden with tons of fat and calories, yet they don't taste any better than those that are lower in fat and calories.

Rosetto also makes a whole-wheat ravioli that's delicious and just as low in fat and calories, but packs six grams of fiber per serving. The bag is slightly smaller, so you'll need a bag plus a few more ravioli to make the recipe as written.


  • 2 cups low-fat, preferably lower-sodium marinara sauce
  • 25-ounce package frozen rectangle cheese ravioli (about 1 inch by 2 inches; no more than 4g of fat per 9-piece serving
  • 6 ounces (about 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons) reduced-fat, finely shredded mozzarella cheese (no more than3g of fat per ounce
  • 1/3 cup finely slivered basil leaves, divided


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F

Spoon 1/2 cup sauce evenly into the bottom of an 11x7-inch ceramic or glass baking dish. Lay one-third of the ravioli (about 18 pieces) side by side in a single layer to cover the bottom of the dish.

Spoon another 1/2 cup sauce evenly over the top. Sprinkle one-third of the cheese and one-third of the basil evenly over that.

Repeat the layering 2 more times, beginning with the ravioli.

Cover the dish with foil. Bake for 40 minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking an additional 10 minutes, or until the pasta is heated through and the cheese is melted.

Let stand 10 minutes, and then slice into 6 equal pieces and serve immediately.

Makes 6 serving. Each (1/6 casserole) serving has: 301 calories, 18g protein, 43g carbohydrates, 7g fat, 3g saturated, 26mg cholesterol, 4g fiber, 689 mg sodium.

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