Surviving Dinner – Ravioli with Tomato Sauce & Spicy Sausage

Lots of recipes claim they can be cooked in 20 minutes or less.  Some nights are so busy, even that’s too long.  “Surviving Dinner” is a series that is not about good wifeing, mothering, or cooking.  It’s about surviving.  It’s for those nights when you’re tempted to write “fast food” on the menu, but cooking at home will save you a few dollars, a few hundred calories, and loads of mommy-guilt.  Recipes found here can be cooked quickly and have minimal prep and clean-up.  Some may require a little pre-planning, but many won’t.

This was a dinner I threw together at the last minute, and it was a hit with us all so I thought I’d share it with you!  Avoiding store-bought pasta sauce and adding spicy sausage gives this quick pasta dish a bright, fresh, and exciting flavor that complements rather than overpowers the ravioli.

Survival Menu:

  • Ravioli with Tomato Sauce & Spicy Sausage
  • Salad (If you feel like you need a vegetable.  Or if you’re like me, the ravioli is a complete meal because tomatoes count as a vegetable.  Even though technically they’re a fruit.)


  • Frozen cheese ravioli
  • 1 can (2 C) petite diced tomatoes
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • pre-cooked andouille sausage
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • olive oil
  • parmesan or mozzarella cheese for topping (optional)

1.  Cook ravioli according to package directions.

2.  While ravioli is cooking, slice the sausage into bite-sized pieces.  Brown in a small amount of oil in a pan.  Remove & set aside.

3.  Add a little more oil to the pan if necessary.  Saute garlic until fragrant; add tomatoes.  Season lightly with salt and cook until tomatoes are tender and sauce has thickened a bit.

4.  Return sausage to the sauce and heat through.  Taste and season with salt & pepper as necessary.  I found that the sausage gave enough flavor to the tomato sauce that it needed very little additional seasoning.

5.  Toss with ravioli and serve immediately.

6.  If you’ve got parmesan or mozzarella in your fridge that needs using up, sprinkle on top.  Who’s going to pass up extra cheese?  Not anyone in my family!  🙂

Wondering what I’m doing here?  Learn more about the idea behind Surviving Dinner.


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