My son’s birthday is at the beginning of November so he came home from college to:
1. Get some decent food and
2. To be able to celebrate his birthday. He will not be able to get back here on his birthday so we decided to have a birthday celebration weekend this weekend.
The celebration all started last night when he arrived home. He had asked for me to make chili for his dinner for last night. So I made him my mean vegetarian chili which he really enjoys a lot. I also made him a spice cake for his Birthday Celebration. We sang “Happy Birthday” to him and he blew out his candles. I had decorated his cake with a gear and a wrench because he’s going to college to be a mechanical engineer. We all enjoyed eating the cake and some vanilla ice cream.
He also asked me to make him a “big breakfast” for Saturday which is today. So I made him homemade biscuits and white gravy. We had them with homemade turkey sausage (I make my own homemade sausage because most of the turkey sausages has MSG in them and I don’t want to have a migraine especially while my son is home. I will have the recipe for you in the future. I will also give you my recipe for cream gravy in another separate blog.)
Tonight we continue the celebration! We will be giving my son his birthday gifts before we have dinner and then after dinner we will have some cake and ice cream. My son had asked for tacos for dinner tonight but when he woke up this morning and it was below freezing he decided that he would like me to make Cheesy Ravioli with Sausage. My daughter found this recipe on Pinterest and I made my own alterations.
Cheesy Ravioli with Sausage: Makes 4 servings
1 lb. (16 oz.) Italian sausage, casing removed. I make my own sausage out of turkey. I will have the recipe on another blog.
1 (14 oz.) can diced tomatoes
8 oz. can tomato sauce. I use 1 cup marinara sauce.
1 Tablespoon tomato paste. Use the tomato paste in a tube so you won’t have to throw the rest out because it spoiled.
1 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning. I use Mrs Dash Italian Medley
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 1/4 cups water
1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
5-6 fresh basil leaves, chopped, optional
In a large skillet(I use a large 4 quart pan most of the time), heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add Italian sausage and cook until browned, 3-5 minutes, crumbling sausage as it cooks. I skip this because I make my own sausage that is already cooked. But I do heat it up a little.
Stir in tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt and pepper, to taste. Stir in ravioli and water. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until ravioli is tender, about 10 minutes.
Remove from heat. Sprinkle with mozzarella and Parmesan. Place under your broiler and cook until melted and golden brown, 2-4 minutes. I you don’t have an oven proof pan it is okay to just put the cheese on the top and then put the lid on it and allow to melt for 2-4 minutes (you won’t have the golden brown cheese but it is tasty all the same).
Serve immediately and garnish with fresh basil, if desired.
We will all enjoy the rest of the celebration tonight. This meal is easy and fast. I hope my readers will enjoy this recipe as well. Give it a whirl and let me know what you think.