Don’t you love the smell of an Italian Restaurant? You know when you push the door open and the smell of zesty tomato sauce, garlic and melting cheese just hit you right in the shnoz? Then you wonder how anyone could possibly work there without eating for their entire shift! To me, these are heavenly smells. I think that is why pizza always ranks so high on the list of “favorite foods.” The smell of that wonderful combination of food………oh yeah!
Baked Ravioli Casserole is so quick and easy! I am sure it will soon be a regular on your weekend menu!!
My family loves Italian food so much, so I have a bunch of good, “old school” recipes that take hours of simmering, stewing, rising and baking. These foods, when done, taste AMAZING!! However, I don’t always have time for this kind of time commitment, so I also have several recipes which I deem to be “quick and easy,” and this recipe for Baked Ravioli Casserole is one of them.
This recipe for Baked Ravioli Casserole is the quickest and easiest Italian food recipe I have and yet it still manages to be a hearty and satisfying meal. If these quick and hearty ravioli are calling your name, I’ve got you covered! This dish is just the ticket! Did I mention, it tastes fantastic!?
Baked Ravioli Casserole is so quick and easy because it is just 4 ingredients, 5 minutes to assemble, 40 minutes to bake and you are done!! You have one delicious, Italian meal!!
If you love ravioli and who doesn’t, just know, you can now make an amazing ravioli dish with just 4 ingredients and 40 minutes in the oven. You don’t have to make anything from scratch if you don’t want to. You can buy a jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce, use fresh or frozen ravioli and two different cheeses and you are set!
One of the best things about this dish, is you can make it up last minute. If you have frozen ravioli in the freezer or even frozen mozzarella cheese like I did when I made this today, it’s still okay. To make Baked Ravioli Casserole, you will need a 9 x 13 baking dish that you have greased or sprayed with a nonstick spray. Now that I said that, let me also say, you can use whatever size dish you have . I have a 9 x 13 that really isn’t as big as it says, so I also like to make that and with the extra ravioli, I usually make single serving size portions in smaller baking dishes, which are convenient for lunches or a quick meal on the go.
The other thing I like about this dish is that you can use what you love. I love cheesy ravioli, but my husband loves spinach and cheese, so I can change it up or make a section he likes and a section I like. I can use leftover spaghetti sauce, make a batch of marinara or if you have a favorite jar variety of sauce, use that too!
Baked Ravioli Casserole
- 24 oz fresh or frozen, cheese ravioli (about 30 ravioli)
- 3 cups spaghetti or marinara sauce approximate, if you like saucier, add more
- 1/3 cup grated, Parmesan cheese
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13 baking dish.
- Spread a thin layer of sauce on the bottom of the baking dish.
- Place the ravioli in a single layer on the sauce. Spread 1/2 of the remaining sauce over the ravioli. Sprinkle with 1/2 mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese.
- Place a another layer of ravioli on top of the cheese and spread reaming sauce over the top of the ravioli. Sprinkle with remaining cheeses.
- Cover with aluminum foil and place into the preheated oven for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, remove foil and bake another 20 minutes or until bubbling and hot in the middle. Enjoy!
Follow these ultra-quick and simple instructions and you can’t go wrong. This Baked Ravioli Casserole is sure to become a regular on your dinner table. When you see these ingredients go on sale, stock up so you know you will always have a wonderful meal in the freezer, or you are prepared for any last minute guests. I like to serve this with a big salad and a batch of my No Knead Dutch Oven Bread and I’m telling you, you will knock their socks off!!
I love Baked Ravioli Casserole with cheesy raviolis, what is your favorite Italian casserole?