Lazy Girl’s Ravioli Lasagna Recipe

Yields: 6-8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 60-70 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef (or substitute ground turkey, Italian sausage, or omit for vegetarian)
  • 1 onion, diced (optional)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (or 1 tsp garlic powder)
  • 1 tsp dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 (24-26 oz) jars of your favorite marinara sauce
  • 2 (9 oz) packages frozen cheese ravioli (any size, do not thaw)
  • 15 oz container ricotta cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley or basil (or 1 tbsp dried)
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Equipment:

  • Large skillet
  • 9×13 inch baking dish
  • Aluminum foil

Instructions:

  • Get things started: Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease your baking dish with cooking spray or olive oil.
  • Brown the meat (if using): In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown the ground beef (or your chosen meat). If using onion, add it with the meat. Drain any excess fat. Return the meat to the skillet.
  • Flavor time: Add garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper to the browned meat. Cook for another minute until fragrant.
  • Sauce it up: Stir in the marinara sauce and bring to a simmer. Turn off the heat.
  • Ricotta mix: In a medium bowl, whisk together the ricotta cheese, egg, and herbs.

Time to assemble!

  • Spread ¾ cup of sauce across the bottom of the baking dish.
  • Arrange a single layer of frozen ravioli over the sauce.
  • Top with half of the remaining sauce.
  • Dollop half of the ricotta mixture over the sauce (it doesn’t need to be perfectly even).
  • Add another layer of ravioli.
  • Top with the rest of the sauce and spread evenly.
  • Sprinkle with 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese.

Bake and Finish:

  • Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake for 60 minutes.
  • Remove the foil, sprinkle the remaining mozzarella and Parmesan on top. Bake uncovered for another 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Let it rest: Let the lasagna rest for 10 minutes before serving. This helps it firm up for easier slicing.

Tips & Customizations:

  • Make it meatless: Omit the meat and use your favorite vegetarian marinara sauce.
  • Add some veggies: Sauté zucchini, spinach, or mushrooms with the onion for extra goodness.
  • Up the ricotta flavor: Add extra garlic powder, parmesan, or even a little lemon zest to the ricotta mixture
  • Spice it Up: Add a pinch of red pepper flakes for a bit of heat.
  • For extra richness: Layer in some thinly sliced provolone with the mozzarella.

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