Are you on the hunt for a comforting and crowd-pleasing dish that's perfect for family meals? Look no further! This Baked Ravioli Casserole is not just easy to make, but it's also packed with flavors that will delight pasta lovers and home cooks alike.

Baked Ravioli Casserole

Ingredients You'll Need

Gather these ingredients before you start:

  • 1 lb. ravioli (fresh or frozen)
  • 24 oz. tomato sauce or marinara sauce (alternative: creamy Alfredo sauce)
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 lb. ground beef or Italian sausage (optional for meat lovers)
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese (optional)
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh basil or parsley for garnish

Variations: Feel free to use gluten-free ravioli or vegan cheese substitutes to accommodate dietary preferences.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Preparing the Ravioli

  1. Boiling Ravioli (if using frozen): Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the ravioli and cook according to package instructions until they float to the top. Drain and set aside.
  2. Using Fresh Ravioli: Fresh ravioli can be added directly to the casserole without boiling.

Assembling the Casserole

  1. Sauté the Vegetables: Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add the diced bell pepper, chopped onion, and minced garlic. Sauté until vegetables are tender.
  2. Cook the Meat (optional): Add the ground beef or Italian sausage to the skillet with the vegetables. Cook until browned and fully cooked. Drain excess fat.
  3. Layering:
  • Spread a thin layer of tomato sauce on the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish.
  • Add a layer of ravioli over the sauce.
  • Spoon some of the meat and vegetable mixture over the ravioli.
  • Add dollops of ricotta cheese (if using).
  • Sprinkle a generous amount of shredded mozzarella and grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Repeat the layers until all ingredients are used, ending with a layer of sauce and cheese.

Making the Sauce

  1. Tomato-Based Sauce: Use your favorite store-bought marinara or make a quick homemade sauce by simmering canned tomatoes with garlic, onion, and Italian seasoning.
  2. Creamy Alternative: For a richer flavor, substitute tomato sauce with a creamy Alfredo sauce.

Baking the Casserole

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil.
  3. Bake for 25 minutes.
  4. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly and golden brown.

Serving Suggestions

  • Garnish with freshly chopped basil or parsley.
  • Pair with a crisp green salad and garlic bread for a complete meal.

Storage and Reheating

  • Storage: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Reheating: Reheat individual portions in the microwave for 2-3 minutes or until heated through. Alternatively, reheat the entire casserole in the oven at 350°F (175°C) for 20 minutes.


We hope you enjoy making and savoring this Baked Ravioli Casserole as much as we do! It's a versatile and satisfying dish that's sure to become a family favorite. Give it a try and don't forget to share your culinary creations with us on social media using #RavioliCasserole. Happy cooking! 🍝

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