This easy ravioli lasagna bake is a hearty no-brainer dinner to make on busy back-to-school nights. You don’t even have to cook the ravioli, just throw it in frozen. It’s a total crowd-pleaser! And a great make-ahead meal too.

Easy Ravioli Lasagna from The Food Charlatan

Originally posted August 13, 2015

Today I went to Charlotte’s preschool registration. The teacher had emailed us requesting that we bring 2 photos of Charlotte, I assume to put up on the wall in their classroom.

So last night I carefully went through all of the lovely family photos we had taken last year, and picked the two where Charlotte looked the most adorable. I sent them off to Eric, and he was in charge of ordering the pictures at Walgreens. But when I went to pick them up this morning, this is what I found:

Charlotte making meatballs - she's cute, but meatballs?

MEATBALLS. Raw meatballs. Eric apparently thought that this picture had a lot more character than the professional ones. Well it certainly does, along with a blurry face and a hairdo that makes Charlotte looks like a street urchin. Oh, and don’t worry that half the photo is RAW MEATBALLS. Handing this picture to the teacher is like handing them a guarantee that this one will be The Problem Child, because their parents are freaky weird.

Also, her first nickname will be Meatball Girl. Every preschooler’s dream.

Ravioli Lasagna Bake

Well even if Charlotte’s earliest school years are now haunted with meatball memories, at least she will get this for dinner. It’s not so bad having freaky weird parents when you get Ravioli Lasagna. Kind of rounds things out.

This Ravioli Lasagna Bake is a Family Staple

Frozen Ravioli Bake

This recipe is a classic in Eric’s family, his mom made it all the time growing up. It has 4 parts: sauce, frozen ravioli, ricotta, and cheese. It’s super easy to put together. I decided to skip boiling the ravioli, just to see what would happen. Here’s the text I sent my mother- and sisters-law:

Frozen Ravioli message for the win!

And for the record, Jessie wasn’t being sarcastic. It really is that life-changing. Boiling ravioli adds at least 10 minutes to your dinner prep, and that is 10 minutes that you could be vacuuming, or filing your nails, or Pinteresting. (I’ll take option 3 please.)

How to make Ravioli Lasagna

How to make Ravioli Lasagna (Freezer Meal)

Assembling Ravioli Lasagna

Ravioli Lasagna Recipe variations

You can make this lasagna as easy or extensive as you want it to be. You can add sausage to the sauce, or leave it out. You can layer sliced zucchini or other squash, if you have it around. You can jazz up the ricotta with an egg or spices. Pretty much any way you make it, it’s going to be amazing! I love no-fail recipes like this.

This recipe has just enough cooking prep-work to impress family or guests! I always get compliments with it. You start by doctoring up some marinara sauce which is the part that really makes it feel homemade. From there you just layer the sauce, frozen ravioli, and cheeses until you’ve got an amazing ravioli lasagna bake ready to put in the oven! If you want to prepare it ahead of time, just assemble it in an aluminum baking pan and stick it in the freezer for an even faster school-night meal or to deliver to a friend.

Frozen Ravioli Lasagna (Make-Ahead)

Doesn’t that just look beautiful! Easy to make and easy to please. This is a great meal to make a big group happy. If you make it please share how it goes!

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Easy Ravioli Lasagna

5 from 9 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
This easy ravioli lasagna bake is a hearty no-brainer dinner to make on busy back-to-school nights. You don't even have to cook the ravioli, just throw it in frozen. It's a total crowd-pleaser! And a great make-ahead meal too.


  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • 1 jar marinara sauce
  • 1 14-oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 20-25 ounces ravioli, fresh or frozen
  • 15 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 2-3 cups shredded mozzarella
  • basil, fresh, to garnish, optional


  • In a large skillet, cook and crumble the sausage over medium heat. Drain well.
  • Add the marinara sauce and crushed tomatoes. Add Italian seasoning.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease the edges of a 9x13 inch casserole dish.
  • Spoon about a half cup of the sauce into the pan and spread it all around the bottom.
  • Layer half of the ravioli on top in a single layer.
  • Spread half of the ricotta over the top of the ravioli (do your best, it doesn't need to be perfect).
  • Top with half of the remaining sauce.
  • Sprinkle with about 1 cup of mozzarella.
  • Repeat the layers: all the remaining ravioli, ricotta, sauce, and another cup or more of mozzarella.
  • Bake at 350 for about 30-40 minutes, or until bubbly and golden brown. You can broil it for the last minute if you love crispy cheese on top.
  • Garnish with fresh basil and dig in!


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 841kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 53g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 174mg | Sodium: 2024mg | Potassium: 680mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1073IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 396mg | Iron: 13mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Calories: 841
Keyword: Lasagna, Ravioli
Did you make this? I'd love to see it!Mention @thefoodcharlatan or tag #thefoodcharlatan!

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  1. 5 stars
    OMG! This was so damn delicious that you could definitely overeat if you’re not careful! We had cheesy garlic bread with it. Have two containers of leftovers..should have invited the neighbors over..maybe next time. Thank you for a great recipe and the hard work you do to bring us free recipes, I really appreciate it.

  2. 5 stars
    Hello there!
    Going to make this! Just wondering what size jar of pasta sauce you use.  I bought a 32 Oz jar; can’t go too far wrong but for future reference it would be nice to have that detail!

    1. Hi Allyson! A 32 ounce jar will work great! really you can use anything between a 24-32 ounce jar. It’s a pretty forgiving recipe! enjoy!

  3. Hi! It doesn’t say but after your brown the sausage and combine the crushed tomatoes and sauce, how long do you cook the sauce before using it in the lasagna.

    1. Hi Jenn, thanks you asking, 5-15 minutes will do, whatever you have time for! I updated the recipe. Thanks! Enjoy!

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