This dump and bake meatball ravioli casserole is a great dinner for any day. It’s easy and delicious, which means the whole family will love it too!
This Ravioli Casserole tastes like lasagna and it is a quick and easy dinner that you can put in the oven with only 5 simple ingredients. This one of those easy one-pot meals that will be ready for your family to enjoy on busy nights.
Baked pasta recipes that don’t require extra pots and pans are always welcomed at my house.
Literally just layer in the frozen ingredients, cover with foil and bake. It just doesn’t get any simpler than this.
If you love Italian food, this recipe is for you. The perfect comfort food with minimal prep time.
Keep the Ingredients on Hand for a Quick and Delicious Easy Family Meal
With a long day of work and the commute home, what could be better than an easy dinner? Ravioli! The recipe is ridiculously easy to make. Keep ravioli, pre-cooked meatballs, and shredded cheese in your freezer for whenever you want something quick but satisfying. I always have a jar of sauce in my pantry.
What to Serve with Ravioli?
The ravioli and meatball bake is a tasty meal that goes so well with a simple salad. Finish off your meal with something light too. This creamy cucumber salad is a classic recipe that is refreshing and light. It is incredibly easy to make.
When strawberries are in season, is an especially good time to make this strawberry spring mix salad with oriental dressing. It is loaded with flavor, texture, and nutrients.
This Swedish cream with berries dessert is a dreamy treat that is so light and delicious. When topped with fresh fruit, it makes a perfect sweet course for any meal.
Simple Ingredients in this Cheesy Meatball and Ravioli Bake
This recipe is not fussy and there are minimal ingredients. There are so many options and ways to make this recipe just right for your liking. Just make a couple of different layers. Let’s explore a few.
Frozen Cheese Ravioli. I used a bag of cheese ravioli that I had in the freezer. There are so many types of ravioli that you can find at your local grocery store now. I have used spinach and cheese, mushroom, sausage and cheese filled, and squash and cheese filled ravioli. Use the kind that you enjoy.
Pre-Cooked Frozen Meatballs. Today, I used homestyle. I also had a bag of Italian meatballs that I could have grabbed out of the freezer today. Here is another place to use the type of meatball with the right flavoring and type of protein that you prefer.
Spaghetti Sauce. The larger 32-ounce jar is what I used today with chunky vegetables. If you have canned sauce, a spaghetti meat sauce, or even an onion and garlic marinara sauce. That would all work amazingly well for adding just the right amount of rich tomato flavor.
Pre-Shredded Frozen Cheese. I like to use mozzarella in this recipe; however, there are other great tasting cheese options that would work well here, cheddar, slices of muenster, provolone, and American cheese. Shredding your own cheese also works, but I did not have any other cheese in my refrigerator today. Therefore, the pre-shredded in my freezer was my go-to.
Additional Recipe Options
Sprinkle on a bit of fresh rough chopped fresh parsley and fresh basil. This is a nice option of you are making this baked dish for guests. Yes, this is something that I would serve company. It really tastes that good. This is like a super easy way to make ravioli lasagna.
Add a few cups of frozen vegetables. A California blend vegetable or zucchini are a delicious choice.
Fresh spinach always works well with a marinara sauce and cheesy pasta.
Sprinkle fresh shredded parmesan cheese on top after you take the casserole out of the oven.
How to Make Dump and Bake Meatball Ravioli Casserole
Italian recipes with all the flavors of baked lasagna and all you do is dump layers of frozen ingredients in a baking pan and bake. Since the ingredients are frozen, it does take a bit of extra time to bake. That is okay with me, it allows me to do other things like relax a minute or two.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
Spray a 9 X 13 casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray and add the whole bag of frozen ravioli.
Next spoon about the container of spaghetti sauce over the top of the ravioli. Save about a cup of sauce for pouring over the meatballs.
Add an entire bag of frozen pre-cooked meatballs.
Next mix the 1 cup of reserved spaghetti sauce with 1 cup of water. Just shake it up in the jar so you clean out the jar too. Pour this over the meatballs.
Sprinkle the frozen shredded cheese on top of the casserole.
Cover the pan with foil and bake for 1 hour with the foil on. Then remove the foil and bake another 15 minutes.
Make this Ravioli Meatball Casserole Recipe in a Slow Cooker
With just a few minutes of prep time, you can have all the ingredients layered and the slow cooker is ready to turn this into a scrumptious ravioli lazy lasagna. Just cook on high 3 hours or low 5 hours and enjoy a good meal at home.
What to do with Leftovers?
This pasta bake will keep in the refrigerator up to 5 days in an airtight container. When you are ready to eat, just dish some up in a microwave safe container and reheat for 2 minutes until hot and bubbly again.
If you love quick and easy meals, here are a few more for you to try.
Dump and Bake Meatball Ravioli Casserole
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- 24 Ounces Cheese Ravioli
- 32 Ounces Spaghetti Sauce
- 32 Ounces Meatballs Pre-cooked Frozen Kind
- 2 Cups Mozzarella Cheese Shredded
- 1 Cup Water
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Spray a 9 X 13 baking pan and add the whole bag of frozen ravioli.
- Next spoon about the container of spaghetti sauce over the top of the ravioli. Save about a cup of sauce for pouring over the meatballs.
- Add an entire bag of frozen pre-cooked meatballs.
- Next mix the 1 cup of reserved spaghetti sauce with 1 cup of water. Just shake it up in the jar so you clean out the jar too. Pour this over the meatballs.
- Sprinkle the frozen shredded cheese on top of the casserole.
- Cover the pan with foil and bake for 1 hour with the foil on. Then remove the foil and bake another 15 minutes.