Ravioli casserole is a lasagna-style dinner made with frozen ravioli, ground beef, cheese, and your favorite marinara sauce. It's easy to assemble with only six ingredients, and the entire family will love it!
Ravioli casserole is an easy, family friendly recipe to keep in your weekly dinner rotation. Not only is it easy to prepare, but it's flavorful and easy to customize with your favorite ravioli and sauce.
Made with just six ingredients, including frozen (or refrigerated) ravioli, your favorite marinara sauce, ground beef, and cheese. This casserole is easy to assemble and toss in the oven and can even be prepared as a freezer meal.
Serve ravioli casserole as a quick weeknight meal with a side salad and some garlic bread. If you like this recipe, you may also enjoy my baked ziti with spinach - another easy casserole recipe.
Ingredients and substitutions
- Ravioli - I used a generic store brand of frozen cheese ravioli. Square or round ravioli will work just fine, I suggest using your favorite brand. Refrigerated ravioli will also work, you'll want to reduce your baking time slightly.
- Ground beef - Ground beef can be omitted if you'd like to make your casserole meatless. It can also be substituted with your favorite ground meat, like ground turkey, ground pork, or ground bison.
- Marinara sauce - I made a batch of my homemade marinara sauce, but you're welcome to use any 24ish ounce jar of your favorite store bought sauce.
- Cheeses - I used a combination of parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese. An Italian cheese blend would also work well in this recipe.
- Seasoning - Italian seasoning and salt add flavor to your casserole. Italian seasoning can be your own homemade blend or store bought, and can be substituted with a combination of Italian herbs you have on hand, like basil, oregano, and rosemary.
Can you bake frozen ravioli without boiling?
Yes, that is the beauty of this recipe! Your casserole is assembled with frozen, uncooked ravioli, then transferred right into the oven. No boiling needed. Your ravioli will thaw and cook in the oven as the casserole bakes.
This recipe is very easy to customize. Here are a few ideas:
- Add a few handfuls of fresh spinach as a middle layer in your casserole - an easy way to add vegetables to your meal!
- Substitute ground beef with your favorite ground meat, like ground turkey, ground sausage, ground chicken, ground pork, or ground bison.
- Prepare your ravioli casserole without meat and skip the first step of the recipe. Simply assemble your casserole with layers of ravioli, sauce, and cheese.
- Use your favorite shape and flavor of ravioli, whether meat ravioli, cheese ravioli, or spinach ravioli.
- This recipe can be made with frozen or refrigerated uncooked ravioli. See the recipe card for baking times.
- Use your favorite marinara or spaghetti sauce - any flavor or brand will work in this recipe.
Prepare as a freezer meal
Assemble your casserole as directed below. Before baking, cover with foil and freeze for up to three months.
Transfer to the refrigerator to thaw overnight, then bake as directed in the recipe card. Or, bake from frozen, adding an extra 10-15 minutes (or as much time is needed for pasta to be cooked through in the center).
Your casserole can also be assembled as two or three smaller casseroles, if you're planning to serve 2 to 3 people at a time.
What to serve with ravioli casserole
- Grilled Garlic Bread
- Freezer Garlic Bread
- Italian Chopped Salad
- Winter Chopped Salad
- Sautéed Zucchini and Onions
- 16 ounces ground beef
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 24 ounces marinara sauce
- 24 ounces uncooked ravioli, frozen or refrigerated
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and lightly grease a 9x13 (3-quart) casserole dish.
- In a sauté pan over medium heat, crumble ground beef and cook until browned. Remove from heat. Add Italian seasoning, salt, and marinara sauce, stirring until incorporated.
- Spread about 1 cup of your sauce into the bottom of your prepared casserole dish. Add half of your ravioli in a single layer. Top with half of your remaining sauce and 1 cup of mozzarella cheese. Repeat once more with another layer of remaining ravioli, remaining sauce, and remaining mozzarella cheese. Top with parmesan cheese.
- Frozen ravioli: Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes, or until hot and bubbling in the center and cheese is melted.Refrigerated ravioli: Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 15-10 minutes, or until hot and bubbling in the center and cheese is melted.
- Allow casserole to set for 10 minutes before serving.
- To prepare as a freezer meal - assemble as directed but before baking, cover with foil and freeze for up to 3 months. Transfer to the refrigerator to thaw overnight, then bake as directed. Or, bake from frozen and add an additional 10-15 minutes to bake time, or until pasta is cooked through in the center.
- Leftovers will keep for 3-5 days in the refrigerator in a tightly sealed container.