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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, for meal prep. This ravioli recipe is great for busy weeknights, and delicious enough to share with friends.

Baked Ravioli Casserole in a dish.

Why This Recipe Stands Out

  • Baked Ravioli is a super easy one-pot recipe everyone adores.
  • It’s loaded with inexpensive ingredients, so it’s great for any budget.
  • Baked ravioli comes together in less than an hour – the perfect meal prep recipe or weeknight dinner.
  • It’s the ultimate comfort food, with cheesy goodness and savory sauce.
  • You can fully assemble and freeze this dish for baking later.

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Key Recipe Ingredients

ravioli bake ingredients in a pan.
  • Protein: Use two pounds of lean ground beef or ground turkey.
  • Ravioli: Refrigerated or frozen cheese ravioli is our favorite choice.
  • Sauce: Choose your favorite red sauce – marinara, spaghetti sauce, etc.
  • Tomatoes: Use plain diced tomatoes with all the juices; do not drain.
  • Cheeses: A combination of mozzarella and colby jack cheese are perfect here. Parmesan cheese is used for topping.
  • Seasonings: Freshly ground black pepper, dried oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, and sugar bring out scrumptious flavors.

Step-By-Step Recipe Instructions

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.

  1. Brown the Meat: Brown ground meat in a large heavy pot on medium high heat. Drain excess grease.
  2. Prep Sauce: In the same pot, add pasta sauce, diced tomatoes with juices, and the spices.
  3. 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.
  4. Bake: Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 450F for 30 minutes or until the ravioli is tender

How to Make Ahead:

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.

Baked Ravioli Casserole in a dish with melted cheese on top.

What to Serve with Ravioli Casserole

Commonly Asked Questions

What is the best way to cook frozen ravioli?

We 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. The cheeses give this baked ravioli a creamy texture.

Can I make baked 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.

Can I freeze an assembled, unbaked ravioli casserole

You can freeze an unbaked casserole by fully assembling the dish entirely as written, wrap it tightly with cling wrap or foil, and place in freezer for up to a month. Bake for 1 hour, directly from frozen.

What meats can I use in baked ravioli casserole?

You can really use any ground meat you like. Ground beef is popular, 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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Baked Ravioli Casserole in a dish.

Cheesy Baked Ravioli Casserole

4.94 from 122 ratings
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 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 8
Author: Amy Dong

Ingredients  

  • 2 lbs ground beef, or ground turkey
  • 25 oz cheese ravioli, refrigerated or frozen
  • 26 oz pasta sauce
  • 28 oz diced tomatoes, plain, with juices
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2 cups Colby Jack cheese, shredded
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp black pepper, freshly ground
  • 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.
  • You can use any flavor of frozen ravioli – beef, cheese, or spinach – it’s your choice. 
  • If you enjoyed this recipe, please come back and give it a rating. We ❤️ hearing from you!

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 561kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 52g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 175mg | Sodium: 1444mg | Potassium: 916mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1042IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 455mg | Iron: 14mg
Course: Dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine: Itialian
Method: Stovetop

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46 comments

    • Uma Raghupathi

    The list of seasoning that you mentioned here is all my favorite. Baked ravioli casserole looks amazing!

    • Megs
    • 5 stars

    I just love how easy this recipe is. Everyone loves it and I didn’t have to do much at all. Thank you.

    • Mikayla
    • 5 stars

    Just under an hour and I had a terrific meal on the table. Glad there were leftovers too so I could have it for lunch the next day.

    • Jessica

    This casserole is a new family favorite; everyone just adored it! My favorite part is how simple it is. As a single mother, I like to take all the shortcuts I can but hate to sacrifice flavor. This recipe was a win!!

    • Tracy
    • 5 stars

    Talk about comfort food! We LOVED this. SO so delicious and there were no leftovers!

    • Allyssa
    • 5 stars

    Thank you so much for sharing this amazing cheesy baked ravioli casserole recipe! Will surely have this again! It’s really easy to make and it tasted so delicious! Highly recommended!

    • Giselle

    We don’t eat meat on Fridays, and I’m always looking for easy vegetarian recipes that are also delicious. This Cheesy Baked Ravioli Casserole was excellent even though I made it without meat.

    • Judy Black

    This Cheesy Baked Ravioli Casserole sounds so good! How many people does this serve? I’m thinking of making it for a group dinner (possibly 12-14 people). Should I make two?

    • Courtney

    I made the cheesy ravioli bake tonight and it was delicious! Thanks for the recipe. I think you might have switched the cooking times though, and it should be 30 minutes if using right away, 50-60 if cooking it from cold. That may be one reason why another reviewer’s came out dry. I cooked mine right away for 30 minutes and it was awesome. 🙂

      • chewoutloud

      Glad you enjoyed it, Courtney! 🙂

    • Katie

    I made this tonight and the whole family loved it(even the 2 year old)! It was so easy to make even with the craziness of 4 kiddos wanting my attention!

      • chewoutloud

      I get it. I need easy, delicious, fool proof recipes (like this one!) because of the crazy boys running through my kitchen while I cook 🙂

    • Kelly

    Thank-you for the ravioli bake recipe! It was awesome! It was so easy to make and there was barely anything to clean up. This recipe will definitely become a new regular!

      • chewoutloud

      You’re so welcome, Kelly! Glad you liked 🙂

    • daisyandthefox

    yummm!! what an awesome pasta classic! 🙂
    I’m so glad i found your blog – it’s awesome! i want to make alllll the recipes! 🙂

      • chewoutloud

      Thanks, Daisy! 🙂

    • GlamorousMommy

    Sounds delish!!

    • Barbara

    I made this tonight. It came out rather dry….. DUH! I just saw that you are to ADD the juices from the can. Helps to read the directions. It was a hit anyway!!! I can guarantee that next time I make it, it will be awesome!! 🙂 Thanks for such an EASY yummy recipe!

      • chewoutloud

      Yay, glad you guys liked it… it will be that much yummier with the juices next time! 🙂 Glad you came over, Barbara!

    • gottagetbaked

    Yum! That looks so ooey, gooey and delightful – a perfect hearty, comforting meal for fall!

    • Toni @ KitchenSter

    I have never had cheese ravioli ! But looking at these pictures – I must have some soon !

    • epicureantease

    I’m going to have to give this a try! What a fabulous idea!!

    • myninjanaan

    this looks amazing 🙂

    • Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere

    This sounds fantastic! Simple but hearty. Beautiful pictures!

    • barbellsandbuttercream

    Ummmm…Yummmm.

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