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How to Cook Frozen Cheese Ravioli

author image Michelle Kerns
Michelle Kerns writes for a variety of print and online publications and specializes in literature and science topics. She has served as a book columnist since 2008 and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. Kerns studied English literature and neurology at UC Davis.
How to Cook Frozen Cheese Ravioli
A plate of cheese ravioli topped with tomato sauce. Photo Credit: Elena_Danileiko/iStock/Getty Images

Frozen cheese ravioli is a quick and economical alternative to expensive fresh ravioli or making ravioli from scratch. Choose a frozen ravioli brand with low-fat cheese to keep your saturated fat and cholesterol intake low. For additional nutrition, look for cheese ravioli made from whole grain flour. Some contain as much as 5 grams of dietary fiber per serving, twice as much as those prepared with refined flour. Serve cooked ravioli with your favorite sauce, or use it in soups or as a topping for mixed greens.

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In the Pot

Step 1

Fill a large stockpot with 3 quarts of water for every pound of frozen cheese ravioli you plan to cook. Stir in 1 to 2 tablespoons of salt.

Step 2

Bring the water to a boil over high heat. Add the ravioli one by one, then stir the water gently.

Step 3

Allow the ravioli to cook, uncovered, for four to six minutes, or until they are heated through and begin to float. Remove the ravioli with a slotted spoon and serve as desired.

In the Microwave

Step 1

Place frozen cheese ravioli in a microwave-safe bowl or dish. Add water and your choice of sauce, using approximately 1/2 cup of sauce and 1/4 cup of water for every five ravioli. Stir to combine.

Step 2

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Cook on high for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Remove the plastic wrap and stir the ravioli and sauce.

Step 3

Replace the plastic wrap and cook on high for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes more. Allow to stand for five minutes before eating.

In the Oven

Step 1

Coat an oven-proof dish with cooking spray or a light film of oil. Place the amount of ravioli you wish to cook into the dish.

Step 2

Pour a sauce over the ravioli and stir to coat each piece thoroughly.

Step 3

Cover the dish tightly with aluminum foil. Bake until the sauce bubbles and the ravioli is cooked through, about 55 minutes of cooking time at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for a pound of frozen cheese ravioli. Stir the ravioli before serving.

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