Baked Ravioli Lasagna Casserole

Sunday, August 16, 2020
When you taste this Baked Ravioli Lasagna Casserole, you're going to wonder what took you so long to think of this one!



The recipe is so simple and it starts off with frozen ravioli!



Of course, you can make my homemade ravioli recipe, but in a pinch, the frozen ones are perfect for this recipe!



I love ravioli layered with meat, there are additions that you can add or eliminate, like sauteed spinach and more seasoned ricotta just check my tips.



You will don't need anything more than meat with tomato sauce and cheese!



The other option is to use meat-filled ravioli and then add a layer of ricotta.



This recipe just skips the longer process of regular lasagna.



If you love creative pasta like this one, even our Zucchini Lasagna is fabulous!



For those in a hurry try our Lasagna Soup recipe.



You may also like Mom's Lasagna recipe or even our Baked Ziti recipe, both always a hit and feeds a large crowd.



Scroll down for this easy ravioli casserole you can eat any day of the week in no time.







this is bake ravioli on a plate with basil on a white plate sprinkled with shredded cheeses












Weeknight Meals




This is so fast to make, you can whip it up even during a busy weeknight.



Everything can even be made the night before and just heated when you get home.



I also have made this is the slow cooker layered before a shopping day and come home to a great meal.



Served with a light salad and garlic bread this may be your new family favorite like ours.







baked ravioli in a casserole with cheese and fresh basil on top






Tips:



  • Use any kind of frozen meatballs crushed or make your own seasoned ground meat.
  • Adding a little fennel seed ( around 1 teaspoon) will make the ground meat taste more like sausage.
  • I usually layer my lasagna the day before then bake it when it's almost time to serve, the flavors are enhanced.
  • Ravioli casserole can be made with or without ricotta cheese.
  • For vegetarian lovers, add a layer of thin-sliced zucchini, eggplant, or peppers instead of meat along with the spinach.
  • Use all meat ravioli if you're not fond of ricotta
  • Use escarole boiled or other greens if you're not fond of spinach
  • Bottled meat sauce of choice can be used for this recipe or homemade sauce
  • Tortellini frozen can be cooked and substituted for ravioli







boiling ravioli in a large pot






Ingredients You Will Need

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  • Spinach leaves
  • Ground beef or Loose Sausage or a combination of both fried
  • frozen cheese or beef ravioli  boiled to package instructions (or make them homemade)
  • a handful of fresh basil
  • Italian Meat Sauce
  • shredded mozzarella
  • salt, pepper, granulated garlic powder to taste
  • Grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • olive oil or canola oil for cooking
  • Optional: whole milk ricotta







this is a baked casserole with ravioli layered with spinach, cheese and meat







Other Cooking Methods



  1. Slow Cooker: Boil the ravioli, saute the meat and spinach together and layer this in oil sprayed slow cooker with sauce and cheese on high for 2 hours
  2. Stovetop: In large frying saute the spinach and meat together. Boil the ravioli separately. Layer the ravioli in the pan with meat, spinach sauce, and cheese cover until cheese melts on low heat.







this is ravioli layered with meat and cheese for lasagna







Vegetable Alternatives:

(This would be for a meatless casserole using just vegetables)


  • Artichoke hearts, drained
  • Thinly sliced eggplant
  • Thinly sliced zucchini
  • Sliced fresh tomatoes
  • Thinly sliced mushrooms
  • Julienne peppers
  • Steamed chopped broccoli
  • Steamed chopped cauliflower








This is a meat and cheese layered ravioli casserole






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Easy Casseroles



We love easy recipes like this one all in one pan.


Ravioli already has the cheese in it but as I mentioned you can still add more for cheese lovers like my crowd.


The sauce can be store-bought or our family Sunday Sauce recipe.


Perfect for holiday, family functions, and great to bring to any events, just layered this in a slow cooker to reheat!








Baked Ravioli Lasagna with Spinach
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Baked Ravioli Lasagna with Spinach

Yield: 8
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Prep time: 15 MCook time: 30 MTotal time: 45 M
If you have are looking for an easy casserole, this easy layered ravioli pasta dish will fill you up in half the time it takes to make a lasagna. The taste is great and everyone thinks its the real deal!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Large Bag of Fresh spinach leaves sauteed in  olive oil and 2 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 pounds Ground beef or Loose Sausage or a combination of both fried
  • 2 lbs bag or frozen cheese or beef ravioli boiled to package instructions (or make them homemade)
  • a handful of fresh basil
  • 4 cups or more of Traditional Sunday Italian Sauce or use your favorite kind of sauce
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • 1 clove minced garlic around 1 teaspoon
  • salt, pepper, granulated garlic powder to taste
  • 1/2 cup or more Grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • olive oil or canola oil for cooking
  • Optional: 2 cups whole milk ricotta seasoned with 1/2 teaspoon each salt, pepper, granulated garlic powder and dried or fresh parsley

Instructions:

  1. Rinse spinach in water.
  2. Saute the spinach in a frying pan with 2 tablespoons of olive oil fresh garlic, salt, and pepper to taste until the spinach is soft and wilted around 2 minutes on low heat.
  3. In another pan saute the meat until the pink is gone seasoned with salt, pepper, and 1 teaspoon minced garlic (if you would like a sausage flavor to add 1 teaspoon of fennel seed to the meat or use loose sausage and ground beef in a combination).
  4. Boil the ravioli of choice to package instructions and drain.
  5. Spray a 13 x 9 deep baking dish with oil spray.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  7. Spread around 1/2 cup sauce on the bottom of the casserole dish add an even layer or ravioli.
  8.  Add the sauteed spinach, and shredded mozzarella evenly on top. (and if using ricotta a dollop here and there scattered on top).
  9. Top with more sauce, ravioli, and a meat layer ending with ravioli on top, more sauce mozzarella, and fresh basil evenly on the top.
  10. Bake just until the cheese is melted around 15 minutes on 350 degrees.
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3 comments

  1. You have me crave some ravioli! This casserole looks really delicious, satisfying and soul comforting.

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  2. I really like this idea and it would be perfect for the Thur meal for our friends.

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  3. Your Baked Ravioli Lasagna Casserole will be fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us at Full Plate Thursday and please come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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