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.
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:
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.
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.
How to make Ravioli Lasagna
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:
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.)
Assembling frozen Ravioli Lasagna
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.
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
- 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!
You will love these other great school-night dinners!
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Other great back-to school casseroles:
Chicken and Dumpling Casserole from Chef in Training
Italian Sausage Casserole from Dinners, Dishes and Desserts
Cheesy Ravioli and Italian Sausage Skillet from The Comfort of Cooking
Hi! I wanted to make this, it looks delicious. It doesn’t say to cover the lasagna with foil, but I usually do for at least part of the time when cooking lasagna. Are you supposed to cover?
I never do Julie but it might cook a few minutes faster if you cover! Try it out, let us know how it goes!
How long to bake from frozen?
Hi Natalie! If the casserole is completely frozen I would bake at 350 for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, then check. When the cheese is melty and the sauce is bubbly, it’s done.
Very good and I will make it again.
I’m wondering if I add zucchini and spinach, do I need to cook the veggies first or just add them in as is?
The spinach can be added as is. The zucchini should be cooked first to get rid of some of the water! Enjoy!
OMGosh! I haven’t even tried this yet and I have forwarded it to 3 of my friends!! LOL!!
Ha! That is awesome Christie! It’s one of those recipes that you know is going to be good before you even try it. I mean how can you go wrong with ravioli?? Thanks so much for sharing!
is it possible to publish the nutritional info/values of this awesome Easy Cheesy Ravioli Lasagna dish?
Hi Elma, I don’t provide nutrition info for my recipes, but you can easily plug it into an online calculator!
If I make ahead and keep in fridge all day, do I just had some extra cook time at the end? Like 15 min?
Hey Rebecca! I assume you mean make it ahead of time UNbaked. Yeah, I would add at least 15 minutes, might be up to 30. Keep an eye on it! It’s done when the cheese is melted and the edges are bubbly. Enjoy!
Very good will make this again.
I’m glad you liked it Nicole! It’s a good easy recipe to have up your sleeve :)
What type of filling do you use in the ravioli please?
Hey Jennee! I buy cheese ravioli, but any kind you like would be good!
would you make this and cook in oven then refridgerate and take out portions later to heat up?
Yes Erin, this makes great leftovers!
I got the ravioli that is in the fridge department. Not frozen. It says to boil 7 min. Do I have to boil it first since its going into the casserole?
Hey Diana! I would think not. I’m guessing frozen ravioli isn’t boiled before it’s frozen, is it? I’m sure they just make it and freeze it. But. I haven’t tried it, so can’t say for sure. Let me know how it goes!
I fixed it last night. Was really good. My whole family loved it. I didn’t boil the ravioli and it turned out great. Made it just like the recipe I just added some pepperoni between the layer and on top. It sure was a hit I will be making again.
I made this and we LOVED it. I didn’t have time to make meatballs so I just browned the sausage and made meat sauce. It is a HIT in my house.
I’m so glad you loved it Mitzi! I was confused reading your comment because there are no meatballs in this recipe. But then I looked at the post and remembered about the picture of my daughter making meatballs. Haha! Thanks for the comment and review!
Did I tell you that I literally READ this post aloud when we had friends over for dinner a few weeks ago? It’s amazing. Char is the coolest meatball kid in class.
I recently switched to a later shift at work and my fiancé is in charge of all the cooking (terrifying…I know). I’ve been looking for recipes like this that I can prep ahead and all he has to do is pop in the oven. I love this! So much easier than regular lasagna. Will definitely be making this one. And soon!
Great idea Stephanie! this is the perfect make ahead dinner. I hope the later shift works out for you! I would let my husband do all the cooking…but only if I had to. haha.
Hahahaa!! Oh my goodness! Truly a child of a food blogger :) I have to get my hands on some gluten free ravioli so I can make this!