This No Boil Ravioli Bake is an easy weeknight dinner that requires zero prep or planning on your part. The ravioli cooks right in the oven! No pre-cooking, no defrosting, just grab your bag of frozen ravioli, layer and go. Dinner’s handled! This post contains affiliate links.
Today brought a late spring snowstorm to the area and – because, kids – we also had to brave the icy tundra (the interstate) to travel to Convenient Care for a potential pink eye situation. 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 — bonus, it packs a veggie punch with some delicious steam in the bag spinach that bakes right in the dish.
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 and just generally fuss with. Nope, no thank you. This recipe uses frozen ravioli and that ravioli bakes to perfection in the oven. Adapted from here.
Ravioli Bake How To
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 frozen ravioli on top of the sauce. We’re using cheese ravioli here, but this bake is equally good with beef ravioli.
Add some spinach to your ravioli bake for a veggie punch
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 frozen ravioli. I was carefully sprinkling it and my 4 yo said, “Why don’t you just dump it out all at once?” Good point, bud. So that’s what 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 :).
Repeat your layers, ending with a shredded cheese layer.
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! Looking for a few more easy dinners? Be sure to check out Pita Pizzas and Easy Tortellini Soup. Anyone else have any tricks for skipping the boil stage? Tell me in the comments!
- 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.
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