Devin Alexander's Ravio-sagne

August 09, 2011

Here's a great recipe from I Can’t Believe It’s Not Fattening! You probably know Devin Alexander from The Biggest Loser, or The Today Show

Devin travels the country lecturing and consulting for major U.S. food and cookware companies. She’s on the Advisory Board of the American Culinary Federation’s Chef Child Foundation, Larry King Foundation’s Go-To-Chef to speak on “Obesity in America,” and she recently returned from the White House as part of Michelle Obama’s, Chefs Move To Schools Program; and we are proud to have her as a contributor to - you can find her recipes and tips every Tuesday and visit her at

Devin's Tips: This dish is insanely great for potlucks. Instead of other lasagnes that you can slave over for hours, you can now spend just 10 minutes throwing this together. And the best news is that it can be assembled up to 1 day in advance. After preparing it, simply cover it with plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator (be sure to remove the plastic wrap before baking!) so it can be baked just before serving.

Make sure you find a brand of ravioli with as little fat as possible. Some are laden with tons of fat and calories, yet they don't taste any better than those that are lower in fat and calories. Rosetto also makes a whole-wheat ravioli that's delicious and just as low in fat and calories but packs 6 grams of fiber per serving (I buy it at Whole Foods). Though the bag is slightly smaller (22 ounces instead of 25), so you’ll need a bag plus a few more ravioli to make the recipe as written, it's worth buying.

Makes 6 servings

Hands-on Time: 10 minutes | Hands-off Time: 50 minutes plus 10 minutes to stand

2 cups low-fat, preferably lower-sodium marinara sauce
25-ounce package frozen rectangle cheese ravioli (about 1 inch by 1 1/2 inches; no more than 4 g of fat per 9-piece serving; I used Rosetto)
6 ounces (about 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons) reduced-fat, finely shredded mozzarella cheese (no more than 3 g of fat per ounce; I used Lucerne, found at Safeway chains), divided into 3
1/3 cup finely slivered basil leaves, divided into 3

Preheat the oven to 400°F.
Spoon 1/2 cup sauce evenly into the bottom of an 11 x 7 inch ceramic or glass baking dish.
Lay 1/3 of the ravioli (about 18 pieces) side by side in a single layer to cover the bottom of the dish.
Spoon another 1/2 cup sauce evenly over top.
Sprinkle 1/3 of the cheese and 1/3 of the basil evenly over that.
Repeat the layering 2 more times beginning with the ravioli.
Cover the dish with foil. Bake for 40 minutes.
Remove the foil and continue baking an additional 10 minutes, or until the pasta is heated through and the cheese is melted.
Let stand 10 minutes, and then slice into 6 equal pieces and serve immediately.

Nutritional info:
Each (1/6 casserole) serving has: 301 calories, 18 g protein, 43 g carbohydrates, 7 g fat, 3 g saturated, 26 mg cholesterol, 4 g fiber, 689 mg sodium

Recipe taken from I Can’t Believe It’s Not Fattening by Devin Alexander. Copyright c 2010 by Devin Alexander.
Published by Broadway Books, a division of Random House, Inc.