11 March 2011

Pi Day Recipe

Below is my favorite recipe for Pi Day, a very geeky U.S. holiday --- March 14 or 3/14 is the first three digits of pi.

Pi Day Ravioli Casserole
Prep time: 10-15 minutes
Baking time: 40-50 minutes
Serves 8

  • 2 bags (22 or 24 oz) frozen, round, cheese-filled, mini ravioli (slightly thawed for ease of stirring)
  • 1 large or 2 medium zucchini, cut into slices
  • 1 jar/can (26 oz) tomato and garlic pasta sauce
  • 1 c. pepperoni slices (5 oz)
  • 1 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 t. Italian seasoning, if desired

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In large bowl, mix all ingredients except cheese and Italian seasoning.
  3. Spoon mixture into an ungreased 9- by 13-inch glass baking dish. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning and cheese.
  4. Bake 40 to 50 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

In some stores, it is difficult to find the small, round ravioli.  I used to find them at Kroger, but now I have my best success at Food Lion.  Finding the correct ravioli for Pi Day is very important. :-)

I also usually use more Italian seasoning than the recipe calls for, probably more than 1 t. for a square baking dish. I really like oregano.

You can also make this ahead the night before, cover it and store in the refrigerator, then uncover and bake the next day.

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