Ok, so this is maybe a repeat of my lasagna cupcakes, but I truly felt it was worth repeating, mostly because it was so darn easy, tastes unbelievable, and looks so cool! I would soooo serve this to company in a heartbeat.
Just to remind you....here are the simple ingredients:
Store-bought spinach ravioli (I plan on 3 per cupcake compartment)
Sweet Italian sausage (a package of 6)
Shredded mozzarella or cheddar cheese
Shredded Italian cheese blend
my easy sauce recipe
Simmer 1 can of stewed tomatoes, 1 stick of butter and 1 medium Vidalia onion, roughly cut, for about 30 minutes. When the onion is nice and tender, use a hand blender and puree. Add salt and pepper to taste along with some Parmesan cheese and maybe a touch of water or chicken broth if it is too thick.
That's it! Now, follow me....
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Get the sauce cooking on the stove. At the same time, cook the ravioli, just until al dente. They will finish cooking in the oven. After draining off the water, season with a little onion powder, garlic powder, and Parmesan cheese. I also sprinkled with a little olive oil so they wouldn't stick together. When you have a free hand, remove casings from the sausages and cook. When done, drain the fat and add some fresh-cut parsley.
When you have these three ingredients done, you are ready to start building.
Spray your large cupcake pan with vegetable oil. Place a generous spoonful of sauce in each compartment. Next, put 1 ravioli, followed by some shredded cheese, sausage, and sauce. Repeat another layer, and end with a ravioli (so that each compartment has 3). Spoon sauce on top and finish with some shredded cheese. Cook for 20 minutes. Let them stand for about 5 minutes before serving.
And here you go..... I can't tell you in words just how amazing this looks and tastes! You will just have to make it yourself and let me know! Please feel free to substitute any ingredient to make it your own.