Striving for good food in the great outdoors- the pioneer way.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Ravioli Casserole

This is a recipe that we make all year long.- inside and outside.  Once the weather warms up, we take it outside for cooking in the Dutch oven over hot coals. 

Actually, that is a good reminder to let all you readers know (and I know there are lots of you), that any of these camping/D.O. recipes can be made at home in casserole dishes.  Most of them cooked for the time specified at 350° F.

Okay, so back to the recipe.  Erin and some of her friends in college used to make this recipe.  The ingredients were cheap & it was easy to make.  So, we took the original recipe and tweaked it to make it work for campfire cooking.  Here's how we do it when we are in the great outdoors.

Ravioli Casserole
10" Dutch Oven
14 coals on top, 8 coals on bottom

1 28 ounce jar spaghetti sauce
1 25 ounce package frozen ravioli (its okay if they thaw in your cooler while camping)
2 cups cottage cheese
2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Spray the inside of your Dutch oven with cooking spray.  This will make cleaning any stuck on Mozzarella cheese much easier at the campground.

Spread 1/2 cup of the sauce in the bottom of the pan.  Layer 1/2 of the ravioli, 1/2 of the cottage cheese, 1/2 of the remaining sauce, 1/2 of the Mozzarella cheese, and 1/2 of the Parmesan.  Repeat.  Bake 30-40 minutes until it is bubbly and the cheese is brown.  Rotate the lid and the base periodicall through the cooking time to prevent hot spots.

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