Easy Cheesy Baked Ravioli – a quick, simple and delicious dinner recipe that the whole family loves! It’s so cheesy and so tasty!
This recipe is up there at the top of our Easy Pasta Recipes. Not only is it super kid friendly, but it only takes 30 minutes and 4 ingredients which mean’s it’s mom friendly too. 😉
A recipe for busy people (yes, you)
I’ve come to the conclusion that there isn’t NOT a busy time of year. If it’s not school and sports, it’s summer vacations, and if it’s not summer, its the holidays, and if it’s not that, it’s the hustle and bustle of everyday life!! Am I the only one?!
Because life is just so busy, I NEED quick recipes on hand for when I don’t have the time or energy to make a meal. And I’m not talking quick as in 3 minute ramen noodles… I’m talking quick, but still substantial and satisfying. That’s where this Cheesy Ravioli Bake comes in.
My family loves pasta (and cheese, of course), so I knew that they would love this recipe. It only took minutes to put together, but it turned out delicious!! Even the hubby and I couldn’t resist grabbing seconds.
Only 4 ingredients!
It looks and tastes like some kind of fancy casserole/pasta bake, but I’ll let you in on a secret… There are literally 4 ingredients inside this thing.
- Refrigerated ravioli
- Pasta sauce (whatever kind you love)
- Mozzarella Cheese
Just cook the ravioli, mix it in with the sauce and basil, throw it in a casserole dish, top with cheese and bake for 12 minutes. No joke! You can be a dinner hero in less than 20 minutes.
Variations and Storing Tips
Ravioli. I used beef ravioli for this recipe, but you can just as easily use cheese ravioli or veggie filled ravioli.
Pasta sauce. There are so many delicious pre-made sauces that you can purchase at the grocery store. If you want to make your own sauce you can use sauce found in our Spaghetti recipe.
Add-Ins. You can easily add veggies like spinach and chopped peppers to change up the flavors. You can also spice it up by adding red chili flakes.
Storage: Baked Ravioli can last in the fridge for 3-5 days. This means you can assemble it a day or two in advance, bake it, and store any leftovers in an airtight container for 2-3 more days.
This dish also makes a great freezer meal. In fact, you could even make two or three at a time, freezing them in disposable casserole tins, and spare yourself a few minutes down the road!
- You will want to undercook the pasta just a bit to keep it from getting mushy when thawed.
- Add the pasta to the sauce. Allow it to cool and sprinkle on the cheese
- Cover the pan with plastic wrap then again with aluminum foil. Label and freeze for up to 3 months.
- Thaw overnight in the fridge and bake according to directions until hot and bubbly.
If you are like me and love having easy, quick dinner recipes on hand, I suggest giving this one a go. It’s delicious and with your favorite pasta sauce, ravioli and plenty of cheesy, you really can’t go wrong!
We love to pair this recipe with:
For more pasta dishes, check out:
- Cheesy Bowtie Pasta Bake
- Creamy Sausage Penne Bake
- Lemon Chicken with Asparagus
- Cheesy Garlic Tortellini Pasta
- Cheeseburger Casserole
- Crock Pot Chicken Alfredo
Baked Ravioli Recipe
- 20 oz cheese-filled ravioli refrigerated
- 26 oz pasta sauce (your favorite)
- 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Cook ravioli as directed on the package. Drain and set aside.
- In a medium/large pot, mix pasta sauce, and basil and cook on medium heat until heated through (about 4-6 minutes). Add cooked ravioli and mix well.
- Pour into a 9×13 pan. Top with cheese and bake for 12 minutes. ENJOY!
Recipe adapted from Pillsbury.
If I wanted to split this into smaller portions to freeze, do I bake it first then freeze or what do you recommend?
I haven’t tried that, but I would think to not bake it first. I would put it in the foil pans ready to bake, then it’s ready to cook. Hope that helps! I’d love to know what you think!
I love the Ravioli Bake idea!! To make it a little more substantial, I think I would add ground turkey to the sauce. Sounds yummy! I can’t wait to make it. Thanks for the recipe!
That’s a great idea!! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you like it!!
This has totally become one of my favorite Pinterest finds. It’s so cheap and effortless, I do make my own pasta sauce from scratch, and serve it with garlic chibatta bread. It’s such a satisfying and comforting meal.
I agree..so comforting!! Thanks so much for stopping by!
I love the touch of lemon to this recipe. It would give it that sweet tangy taste. Thanks for sharing this.
Thank you Lara! I’m am glad to share!!
I love simple meals . Love your meals you show me how simple it is to make. Thank you again
Awe, thanks so much!! Just trying to help 🙂 ENJOY!
I’m not quite comfortable in the kitchen. This looks like a good one to try for me! Yum!.. when I looked for the ravioli I saw many different kinds. Any reason you couldn’t choose a beef ravioli over the cheese alone? Thanks 🙂
Not at all!! That is just what I chose 🙂 Have fun trying it different ways!
My family ABSOLUTELY loved this Dish! Gonna have to try more new things!
Oh, I am so glad!! I hope you do try more things 🙂 Thank you!
I used Italian sausage tortellini instead of ravioli and a tomato and basil pasta sauce This will definitely be a go-to meal in the future. Thanks so much!!
That sounds yum! Thank you for sharing that!
No complaints from my family, they loved it! Love how it has the golden crust on top!
This is an easy meal but one that everyone loves! So cheesy and delicious.
We make this at least once or twice a month. It’s very easy & a family favorite!
This is the cheesiest and creamiest ravioli! So quick to put together too!
A great recipe for a quick dinner that doesn’t require much time.
Couldn’t get easier. My teens can throw this together on their own while hubby and I are out on date night.
Such an easy and delicious dish! Great for weeknights!
This is so easy and such a quick meal to make! Thanks!
I love this recipe… so easy for a busy nite!!!
Love this.. so easy for a busy nite!!!
This recipe was so easy to make and my kids loved it!!
Yummiest and quick to make dinner when you’re in a time crunch! My whole family loves this dinner!