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Cheesy Baked Ravioli Casserole

This cheesy baked ravioli casserole is an entire meal-in-one. It’s a super easy ravioli bake that can be made in advance. Perfect for meal prep.

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This cheesy baked ravioli casserole can be prepared in advance and frozen until ready to cook

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • One pot meal that’s easy.
  • Inexpensive ingredients, so it’s great for any budget.
  • Comes together in less than an hour.
  • Comfort food, the entire family will love.
  • Made with simple ingredients.

How to make RAvioli Bake In Advance

One amazing thing about this recipe is the ability to prepare it completely ahead of time. It’s easy to assemble all the ingredients and either cook it immediately, or prepare it for the freezer.

Browning meat in pan for easy ravioli bake
  1. Brown the Meat: Brown ground meat in a large heavy pot on medium high heat. Drain excess grease.
read meat sauce in pan for baked ravioli casserole.
  1. Prep Sauce: In the same pot, add pasta sauce, diced tomatoes with juices, and the spices.
Assembling the ingredients for cheesy baked ravioli casserole
white dish with meat sauce for easy ravioli bake.
  1. Prep Casserole: Spread the sauce evenly over bottom of baking dish. Layer half of the ravioli over sauce, followed by half of the cheeses. Repeat layers, finishing with sauce. Sprinkle parmesan across the top.
frozen ravioli as layer for ravioli casserole
layered ravioli casserole in dish
  1. Bake: Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 450F for 30 minutes or until the ravioli is tender.
  2. Make-Ahead Tip: If preparing this ravioli bake in advance for future use, skip step 4 above. Cover tightly with foil, and place in the fridge or freezer. When ready to cook, bake directly from fridge or freezer. If frozen, bake at least 60 minutes.
cheesy baked ravioli casserole

Baked Ravioli Casserole
Commonly Asked Questions

What is the best way to cook frozen ravioli?

I love using frozen ravioli in a casserole. It’s super easy to make, you can prep it ahead of time, and it delivers a hearty meal that is full of flavor. I prefer using cheesy ravioli in this method because it gives a creaminess to the meat sauce

Can I make this ravioli casserole ahead of time?

The beauty of a multi-layered ravioli bake made with meat sauce, cheese, and frozen ravioli is that you really can fully prep it and cook it another day. Either place it in the fridge, if you are going to use it within a few days. Or fully freeze it, if you want to extend the time before use.

What meats can I use in baked ravioli casserole

You can really use any ground meat you like. Hamburger is easy, turkey is a lean alternative, and Italian sausage provides the most robust flavor. You can also omit the meat entirely and go vegetarian!

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Cheesy Baked Ravioli Casserole

5 from 8 reviews

This cheesy baked ravioli casserole is an entire meal-in-one.  Start with frozen ravioli for an easy, delicious meal that is perfect for meal prep. 

  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 50

Yield: 6 Servings

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground beef or turkey
  • 1 package (25 ounce) frozen cheese ravioli
  • 1 can/jar (26 oz) Hunts Premium pasta sauce
  • 1 (28 oz) plain (not salted) diced tomatoes, juices reserved
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups shredded Colby Jack cheese
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 TB freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 TB garlic powder
  • 1 TB onion powder
  • 1 TB white sugar
  • Freshly grated Parmesan for topping

Instructions

  • Cook ground meat in large heavy pot over medium high heat.  Stir and break up pieces until cooked through.  Drain any excess grease.  Turn heat off.
  • Add pasta sauce and diced tomatoes with juices to the pot.  Add oregano, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and sugar.  Stir to incorporate well.
  • Spread 1/3 of the meat sauce evenly onto the bottom of a 9×11 baking dish.  Arrange 1/2 of the frozen ravioli over the sauce.  Spread 1/2 of mozzarella and 1/2 of Colby cheeses over the ravioli.  Repeat layers.  You should end with last 1/3 of the sauce on top.  Sprinkle top evenly with Parmesan.
  • If using right away, cover loosely with aluminum foil and bake at 450F for 30  minutes, or until ravioli is tender.
  • If not using right away, cover tightly with foil and place in fridge.  When ready to use, loosen foil and bake at 450F for 50-60 minutes.

 

Notes

Feel free to add veggies to this ravioli bake: frozen spinach (remove excess moisture,) sliced zucchini, or diced bell peppers all work well. 

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Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 590
  • Sugar: 5.4 g
  • Sodium: 1065.9 mg
  • Fat: 29.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 15.5 g
  • Fiber: 2.5 g
  • Protein: 65.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 179 mg
  • Author: Amy Dong | Chew Out Loud
  • Category: Main Dish, Dinner
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: Itialian

Keywords: baked ravioli, baked ravioli casserole, frozen ravioli

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29 comments

    • Moop Brown

    This recipe seems perfect for meal prep which I think makes it perfect for weeknights.

    • Dennis Littley

    I had an impromptu dinner with friends last night and luckily had a bag of ravioli in the freezer. I made this for them and they raved!! I can’t wait to make it again so I can get more of it this time around!

    • GUNJAN

    made it for dinner last night and my kids asked for 3 helpings and that was a surprise for me. They actually over ate and I am making it again tomorrow on demand 🙂

    • veenaazmanov

    This sounds like a super delicious and cheesy dish. Perfect for a weekend special dinner. I love it.

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