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Baked Ravioli (No Boil!)

This Baked Ravioli recipe can be made with refrigerated or frozen ravioli with no boiling required! It’s an easy make-ahead recipe that you can refrigerate or freeze to bake later! The meaty marinara sauce has a hint of cream with simple seasonings and the best flavor enhancers.

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Baked Ravioli

My favorite part about this recipe, (aside from how delicious it is), is the fact that you don’t have to boil the ravioli prior to assembling. 🤯 There is an abundance of sauce in this recipe that the ravioli cooks in while it’s in the oven. Not only does it make the ravioli super flavorful, but you can rest assure that the ravioli will be perfectly cooked without splitting and falling apart. 

💥BONUS #1: Refrigerated or frozen ravioli works beautifully for this.

Now about this meat sauce. It has a hint of creaminess to it which is a nice way to offset the acidity from the marinara, and the meat itself is flavored with the best combination of seasonings and subtle flavor enhancers, all of which makes this an above-average dish.

💥BONUS #2: You can also make it ahead of time and bake it up to 2 days later or freeze it for up to 3 months.

Be sure to serve this with Garlic Bread with Cheese and try my Classic Lasagna or Lasagna Roll Ups recipe next!

How to Make It

See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

Cook the ground beef, onions, seasonings, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic in a large skillet. Drain excess grease. Add 2 + 1/4 cups marinara sauce and half and half. Stir to combine and set aside.

Spread 3/4 cup marinara sauce on the bottom of a 9 x 13-inch casserole dish and add half of the ravioli.

Meat sauce in a skillet next to a casserole dish with ravioli.

Top with half of the meat sauce and 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese. 

A casserole dish with meat sauce and cheese for bake ravioli.

Top with remaining ravioli and meat sauce.

A casserole dish with layers of ravioli, meat sauce, and cheese.

 

Top with remaining cheese. Cover and bake at 350° for 35 minutes. Remove cover and broil at 450° for 1-2 minutes. Remove and serve!

Baked ravioli in a casserole dish before and after baking.

 

Make Ahead Method

  • Refrigerator: Assemble the ravioli as outlined and cover it tightly. Store in the fridge for up to 2 days. Let it sit for 30 minutes prior to baking, or add 5-10 minutes to the baking time.
  • Freezer: Assemble as outlined and cover it tightly. Freeze for up to 3 months and let it fully thaw in the fridge for 24 hours prior to baking. Let it sit for 30 minutes prior to baking, or add 5-10 minutes to the baking time.

A wooden spoon scooping up baked ravioli from a casserole dish.

Pro Tips

  • Ravioli:
    • Frozen ravioli may also be used, add 15 minutes of additional baking time, or until the cheese is melted when you lift up the cover for broiling.
    • I use Rana 4-cheese refrigerated ravioli for this recipe, but any filling option that you like will work! I also use Rao’s marinara sauce, it’s a great quality marinara sauce.
  • Marinara Sauce:
    • If you love extra saucy ravioli or anticipate leftovers, consider using up to 1 additional cup of sauce. (32 oz. total.) The ravioli absorbs sauce during cooking and even more after it’s been baked/during storage.
    • I use Rao’s marinara sauce for this recipe. You can also try my homemade marinara sauce.
  • Mozzarella Cheese:
    • Low moisture, whole milk mozzarella has the best consistency for this recipe. Shred it from a block to ensure it melts and tastes the best.
    • I love using Dragone mozzarella.
  • A combination of ground beef, pork, and/or sausage can be used in this recipe.
  • The hot sauce/Worcestershire sauce act as flavor enhancers and can’t be tasted outright.
  • Ensure that your casserole dish is safe for broiling, do not broil if using a glass casserole dish.

Storage

  • Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

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Baked Ravioli

5 from 9 ratings
This Baked Ravioli recipe is easy to make with refrigerated or frozen ravioli! It's a great make-ahead meal that can be assembled in a casserole dish to refrigerate or freeze until ready to bake.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 lb. ground beef
  • ½ teaspoon each: onion powder, dried basil, dried oregano, mustard powder, salt.
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce, doesn’t make it spicy
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, mined
  • 24 oz. marinara sauce
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 20 oz. refrigerated ravioli, uncooked. see notes

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Add ground beef to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and crumble it for 3 minutes. Add the seasonings, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and the onions and cook for 5 more minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Tilt the skillet and spoon out any excess grease. Reduce heat to low.
  • Spread 3/4 cup of marinara sauce on the bottom of a 9 x 13-inch casserole dish and add the rest to the skillet with the meat. Add the half and half and stir to combine. Remove from heat.
  • Arrange half of the ravioli on the bottom of the casserole dish and top with half of the meat sauce, then top with ½ cup mozzarella cheese.
  • Top with remaining ravioli, then the meat sauce and remaining mozzarella.
  • Cover and bake for 35 minutes. If covering with foil, spray one side with non-stick cooking spray to prevent it from sticking to the cheese while it bakes.
  • Remove cover and broil at 450 to brown the top slightly. It’ll take just 1-2 minutes, watch it closely during this time.
  • Remove from heat and serve!

Notes

Pro Tips:
  • Ravioli:
    • Frozen ravioli may also be used, add 15 minutes of additional baking time, or until the cheese is melted when you lift up the cover for broiling.
    • I use Rana 4-cheese refrigerated ravioli for this recipe, but any filling option that you like will work! I also use Rao’s marinara sauce, it’s a great quality marinara sauce.
  • Marinara Sauce:
    • If you love extra saucy ravioli or anticipate leftovers, consider using up to 1 additional cup of sauce. (32 oz. total.) The ravioli absorbs sauce during cooking and even more after it’s been baked/during storage.
    • I use Rao's marinara sauce for this recipe. You can also try my homemade marinara sauce.
  • Mozzarella Cheese:
    • Low moisture, whole milk mozzarella has the best consistency for this recipe. Shred it from a block to ensure it melts and tastes the best.
    • I love using Dragone mozzarella.
  • A combination of ground beef, pork, and/or sausage can be used in this recipe.
  • The hot sauce/Worcestershire sauce act as flavor enhancers and can’t be tasted outright.
  • Ensure that your casserole dish is safe for broiling, do not broil if using a glass casserole dish.

Make-Ahead Method:
  • Refrigerator: Assemble the ravioli as outlined and cover it tightly. Store in the fridge for up to 2 days. Let it sit for 30 minutes prior to baking, or add 5-10 minutes to the baking time.
  • Freezer: Assemble as outlined and cover it tightly. Freeze for up to 3 months and let it fully thaw in the fridge for 24 hours prior to baking. Let it sit for 30 minutes prior to baking, or add 5-10 minutes to the baking time.

Storage:
  • Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutritional Information is per serving. The number of servings are at the top of the recipe card in the middle. This recipe has 6 servings.

Nutrition

Calories: 549kcal, Carbohydrates: 52g, Protein: 37g, Fat: 22g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 108mg, Sodium: 1507mg, Potassium: 675mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 821IU, Vitamin C: 11mg, Calcium: 377mg, Iron: 5mg

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  1. Made this last night, served with grilled garlic bread. It was amazing!

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