This Lazy Lasagna Recipe With Frozen Cheese Ravioli is such an easy meal to make and is perfect for busy weeknights. This easy lasagna recipe uses simple pasta sauce, frozen cheese ravioli, and mozzarella cheese to make a delicious meal the whole family will love. Pair this lazy lasagna recipe with some garlic bread, a Caesar salad, or a simple green salad and you’re good to go.
I don't know about you, but weeknight dinners at our house have started to become a bit chaotic. With both of my boys in sports, late practices, and homework to do, it's hard to get a good meal on the table, especially when we're rushing into the house at 8:00 every night.
I've been gathering simple ways to make dinner easier and this lazy lasagna with frozen ravioli is a game changer. Layers of ravioli and sauce, topped with melty mozzarella and parmesan cheese make a dish my entire family loves. And making it in the slow cooker means it's ready to go when we get home. Keep this one in your back pocket for those busy nights when spending time to cook dinner isn't an option. (Pst - it's also great served alongside these easy Crescent Roll Garlic Knots!)
Why This Recipe Works
- Time Saver. I love a classic lasagna but don’t always have the time to make it. This is the perfect family dinner for when you have a full schedule but still want to get a hearty meal on the table quickly. Using frozen ravioli is a great kitchen shortcut and means that all you have to do is layer them with the sauce and mozzarella, and then bake. It's the perfect family meal and one of my favorite easy casseroles to make on a busy night.
- A great slow cooker recipe. You can easily turn this into a lazy crock pot lasagna to make this recipe even more hands-off. There is absolutely nothing better than turning your crockpot on in the morning and coming home to a delicious-smelling house where dinner is already prepared.
- Customizable. I used cheese ravioli here and a simple meat sauce, but you could use a simple tomato sauce or marinara sauce to keep it vegetarian, mix up the type of ravioli you use for different flavors, or even try an Alfredo sauce for a totally different take.
- Delicious. The best part of this recipe is the end result. This ravioli casserole tastes just like lasagna and has a great flavor. It’s an easy way to make a delicious lasagna dinner and is always a family favorite.
- Easy to make ahead or freeze. This recipe is perfect for making ahead and freezes beautifully, making it a great option if you're looking to stock your freezer with some easy meals.
This lazy ravioli lasagna recipe uses just 5 simple ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Your favorite pasta sauce. Choose a flavorful sauce that will compliment the ravioli you choose. You could also make your own sauce!
- Frozen cheese ravioli. A plain cheese ravioli works well here but don’t be afraid to experiment. Cheese and spinach ravioli, pumpkin, or even beef ravioli would be amazing.
- Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Classics for a good lasagna.
- Fresh parsley. For garnish.
How To Make Lazy Baked Lasagna With Frozen Cheese Ravioli
This is an incredibly easy recipe to make. No messing with ricotta cheese mixtures or traditional lasagna noodles. This comes together in just minutes. Here’s how to do it
- Prepare your pan & preheat the oven. Heat the oven to 400 degrees F and spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray.
- Assemble your lasagna. Add a thin layer of your pasta sauce to the bottom of the casserole dish. Top with an even single layer of frozen ravioli. Add another layer of sauce, then add half the mozzarella and parmesan to the top of the sauce. Add a second layer of ravioli, a final layer of sauce, and the rest of the cheese mixture as the top layer.
- Cover and bake. Cover the lasagna with aluminum foil and bake for about 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 20 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbling.
- Rest. Allow the lasagna to rest for about 10 minutes before cutting into it and serving it (this helps it to set a bit and keeps it from sliding all over the plate).
Crockpot Instructions: If you’re making this easy ravioli lasagna recipe in the crockpot, repeat the steps above for the crockpot and just cook for 4-6 hours on low heat. (Note: your cooking time may vary here depending on your crock pot. Check it at about 4 hours to see how it's doing and then keep checking every 30 minutes if it's not done.)
Substitutions And Variations
Want to try some different flavors in this recipe? It’s super customizable! Here are some ideas:
- Add veggies. Try throwing some freshly chopped vegetables into the pasta sauce to add some texture and flavor. Red bell peppers, onion, garlic, and spinach would all be great options.
- Use a different type of ravioli. Cheese ravioli is a crowd-pleaser and great for picky eaters, but you could try a beef ravioli, spinach ravioli, or any other variety to make this baked ravioli lasagna unique.
- Choose a unique sauce. Try a pumpkin sauce, a meat sauce (or use ground turkey in place of ground beef), or even an alfredo sauce for something a little different. Or, make your own homemade sauce!
- Add some Italian sausage. Use some sweet or spicy ground Italian sausage to add some additional flavor and protein to this cheesy pasta
- Add some extra spices. Using a pasta sauce from the grocery store? Add in a touch of Italian seasoning, some garlic powder, some dried basil, or dried thyme to punch it up a little.
Frequently Asked Questions
Nope! You can place the frozen ravioli straight into the pan without thawing.
Yes! Simply prepare the lasagna layers as stated above in your crockpot, then cook on low heat for about 4-6 hours. An easy, lazy crockpot lasagna recipe.
You bet! You can actually do this in a couple of ways. Either prepare the lasagna layers up to the point of baking, then just bake it just before dinner time, or you can bake the entire dish and reheat it when you’re ready to serve.
This lasagna stores beautifully and like any traditional lasagna dish, I think it’s even better the next day. To store it, allow it to come to room temperature, then store it in an airtight container for up to 4 days
You can reheat the entire casserole in the oven. Just cover it with foil so the top doesn’t burn and heat it a 400 degrees F for about 50 minutes. Alternatively, you could reheat it in the microwave by heating smaller sections for about 2-3 minutes on high.
Yes! This lasagna makes a great freezer meal. Just store it in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months in the freezer. Tip: If you’re a family of four, freeze the lasagna into halves. This makes it easy to just take out what you need for one dinner when you’re ready to use it, rather than having to reheat the whole thing. I actually like to make the lasagna, let it sit in the fridge overnight, then cut it into halves. Allowing it to sit in the refrigerator overnight makes sectioning it off easier. You can then store the lasagna pieces in freezer-safe containers or ziplock bags.
Allow the lazy lasagna to thaw in the fridge overnight when reheating from frozen. Then reheat as directed above.
If you make this Lazy Baked Lasagna With Frozen Cheese Ravioli, let me know what you think in the comments! And please tag me with a pic @frontrangefed on Instagram - I love to see your creations!
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Lazy Lasagna With Frozen Cheese Ravioli
- 1 package frozen cheese ravioli around 35 oz
- 28 oz pasta sauce
- 2 cups mozzarella cheese shredded
- 2 cups Parmesan cheese shredded
- ¼ cup fresh parsley chopped
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and coat the inside of a 9x13 casserole dish with cooking spray.
- Add a thin layer of pasta sauce to the bottom of the prepared casserole dish. Arrange a layer of the frozen ravioli over the sauce.
- Top the frozen ravioli with half of the remaining sauce and half of the cheese mixture.
- Repeat the layers again, starting with the frozen ravioli. Sprinkle the top layer with Parmesan cheese.
- Cover the casserole with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 20-25 minutes, until the lasagna is hot in the center and the cheese is bubbly and starting to brown slightly.
- Allow the lazy day lasagna to rest for 10 minutes before cutting and serving.