This No Boil Ravioli Bake requires zero prep or planning on your part. No pre-cooking, no defrosting, just grab, layer and go!
Today brought a late spring snowstorm to the area and – because, kids – we also had to brave the icy tundra –AKA the interstate — to travel to Convenient Care. It was a nail biter of a drive, peppered with questions like, “Why are there no Easter vampires?” Bottom line, come dinner time I #1 Needed my cooking coach, Redd’s Apple Ale #2 Needed just a total easy, low-prep dinner. This No Boil Ravioli Bake fit that bill to a tee.
Can I be honest? If I see any casserole, soup, etc. that starts with “First, boil the noodles …” it’s just a total pass for me. Not like boiling noodles is hard, but it is something you have to watch and watch and drain. Nope, no thank you. This recipe uses frozen ravioli and bakes to perfection in the oven. Adapted from here.
Here’s what you need to do …
First up, put about a cup of sauce in the bottom of a 9×13 pan. Don’t scrimp here, you want enough sauce so that the ravioli come up easy and leave you with little cleanup. Place a single layer of ravioli on top of the sauce. We’re using cheese ravioli here, but the recipe is equally good with beef ravioli.
This step is optional, but I like to sneak in some veggies wherever I can. I use the steam in a bag spinach and just sprinkle the whole bag over the first layer of ravioli. I was carefully sprinkling it and my 4 yo said, “Why don’t you just dump it out all at once?” So I did.
Layer on about half of your shredded cheese, and then pour the remainder of the sauce over it. Helpers encouraged at this stage as you can see from the picture :).
Sprinkle the top with Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning and we are crazy for garlic, so we always add some minced garlic. Fresh if you’ve got it, but from a jar works great too.
Cover it tightly with tin foil and pop it in a 400° oven for 30 minutes covered, 10 minutes uncovered and a few minutes under the broiler to brown things up.
That’s it! Zero prep work or time spent watching anything because it’s a No Boil Ravioli Bake and dinner’s handled! Anyone else have any tricks for skipping the boil stage? Tell me in the comments!
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- 1 bag frozen ravioli, beef or cheese
- 1 jar of spaghetti sauce
- 2 cups of shredded cheese
- Minced garlic
- Italian seasoning
- Steamed spinach (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400. Place one cup of sauce in the bottom of a 9x13 pan and spread it around. Place one single layer of frozen ravioli and top with spinach if using. Then sprinkle one cup of cheese and the remaining sauce in the jar on top of the first layer. Add a second layer of ravioli and top with the remaining cheese plus garlic, Parmesan and Italian seasoning to taste. Cover with foil and bake covered for 30 minutes and uncovered for 10 minutes. Put it under the broiler for a few minutes to get the cheese golden brown.