Ravioli Casserole is one of those simple dinner recipes that is made from pantry and freezer staples. Made with layers of frozen ravioli, meat sauce, and cheese. Some might call this a ravioli lasagna. This is also a great recipe if you do meal prepping.
A question that I get asked daily is "what's for dinner". Hold on now because I'm about to drop a truth bomb here. There are some nights I have no clue what to make for dinner. Meal planning is something that I will be focusing on this coming year.
One evening after getting the daily question I found myself looking in the pantry. We have a few pantry staples that I can always count on having on hand. One is pasta sauce or I have the ingredients to make my homemade Instant Pot marinara sauce.
Knowing that I had hamburger meat that should be used in the fridge. I checked the freezer to see what there might be to go along with the meat. Finding frozen cheese ravioli I decided that ravioli lasagna was what's for dinner.
This was such a simple dinner recipe to make. On the plus side, it was another hit with the family.
Ravioli Casserole Recipe
The first thing I did was preheat the oven to 400℉. Then I started to brown the ground beef. As the meat starts to brown I like to add in the onion and minced garlic. Making sure to season the ground beef with my go-to seasonings of black pepper and seasoning salt.
I also like to make sure that the ground beef is chopped up fine for this recipe. One of my favorite tools to use for this is my meat chopper. Being on the skeptical side when I bought this. I was surprised that it works really well.
With the ground beef browned I drained the grease from the meat into a can. I keep a metal can under the kitchen sink for grease so I don't clog my drains.
After adding the pasta sauce into the browned meat. I was ready to start making the ravioli casserole.
As I was putting this recipe together I keep thinking how this reminded me of lasagna. Just like lasagna, this casserole recipe has layers.
In a 9x13 baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray. I added a thin layer of the meat sauce to the bottom of the baking dish. The layer of sauce as well as cooking spray. Helps so the ravioli doesn't stick to the dish when baking.
Then a layer of the frozen ravioli. There is no need to thaw the ravioli for this casserole recipe. The ravioli will bake up nicely in the oven. However, some of the frozen ravioli did stick together so I just added both together.
On top of the frozen cheese ravioli, I added a layer of mozzarella cheese. Then repeat all the layers of each of the ingredients.
On the top layer, I like to also add freshly grated parmesan cheese along with the mozzarella cheese. Place a sheet of foil over the baking dish.
Now the ravioli lasagna is ready to be baked in a preheated 400℉ oven for twenty minutes. Whenever I'm cooking or baking to help me keep track of time I like to set a timmer.
After 20 minutes my timer went off and I removed the foil from the baking dish. Continuing to bake the ravioli casserole for another twenty minutes.
Simple Dinner Recipe
This simple dinner recipe can easily feed 6 hungry people or you can cut the recipe in half and serve for two with a little leftover.
We love to pair this recipe with garlic bread and a salad for a complete dinner.
The ravioli I used has cheese in it. However, you could use the meat-filled frozen ravioli. Then you could omit the ground beef in your pasta sauce. But I say live on the edge and keep the ground beef in the pasta sauce.
Either type of ravioli you choose this dish is sure to be a hit. Many blessings from our table to yours.
My Creative Manner is answering the question "what's there to eat" ~ Jen
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Ravioli Casserole is a quick and easy dinner recipe. Layers of meat sauce, cheese ravioli, and cheese.
- 2 ½ Pound Ground Beef
- 1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
- 1 Teaspoon Seasoning Salt
- ¼ Cup Chopped Onion
- 1 Tablespoon Minced Garlic
- 23 Ounce Pasta Sauce
- 24 Ounce Frozen Cheese Ravioli Package no need to thaw
- 2 Cups Mozzarella Cheese shredded
- ½ Cup Fresh Grated Parmesan Cheese
Preheat oven to 400℉
In a frying pan add the ground beef. As the beef is browning, season with black pepper and seasoning salt. Then add the chopped onion and minced garlic. Once the ground beef is fully cooked drain any fat drippings from the meat.
Into the ground beef add the pasta sauce. Stir until all is combined.
Spray a 9x13 baking dish with a little bit of cooking spray.
In the bottom of the baking dish spread a thin layer of the meat sauce.
Arrange half of the frozen cheese ravioli into the baking dish.
Sprinkle on top of the arranged ravioli one cup of the mozzarella cheese.
On top of the cheese layer, add a layer of meat sauce covering as much of the ravioli as possible.
Repeat with a layer of ravioli, half a cup of the mozzarella cheese, meat sauce, the remaining mozzarella cheese, and the parmesan cheese.
Cover the baking dish with foil and place the casserole into the preheated 400℉ oven for 20 minutes.
After the 20 minutes are up remove the foil from the baking dish and bake for another 20 minutes. Cooking times may vary.
Let sit for 10 minutes to set up and serve.