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For a comfort food meal that’s simple to make and loaded with classic Italian ingredients, this Cheesy Italian Sausage Ravioli Bake is all that and then some! It’s loaded with ravioli filled with cheese, baked in a meaty sauce that your whole family will love.
Recipe updated from September 2015.
Busy times require creative thinking when it comes to mealtime. This past week, I pulled together a new recipe with the help of some store-bought shortcuts, and it was an absolute hit with my family.
My new recipe came together in less than 10 minutes and with a cook time of 25 minutes. It’s loaded with classic Italian flavors, which are always welcome at my dinner table. My guys loved it and after a long day of traveling, Mr. A Southern Soul had two big helpings.
Cheesy Italian Sausage Ravioli Bake is made with jarred sauce, prepared cheese ravioli, and just a handful of other simple ingredients. I really hope you’ll make this super easy ravioli bake because even if you are not having a crazy day, this is a big dish of love that will make your family happy.
If you are looking for a foolproof, comfort food recipe, this is it! Just like my Out Of This World Baked Spaghetti, or Homemade Meatballs, this Ravioli Bake will become a go-to recipe to serve for dinner.
What You Need To Make This Recipe
- Italian Sausage – you can use either sweet, hot or mild.
- Marinara Sauce – your favorite.
- Prepared Cheese Ravioli – found in the dairy section in the grocery store.
- Mozzarella Cheese – fresh grated.
- Parmesan Cheese – fresh grated.
- Panko Bread Crumbs
- Olive oil
How To Make This Recipe
This recipe comes together in just minutes!
- Brown the Italian sausage and add in your favorite jarred marinara sauce.
- Spoon ⅓ of the sauce into a 11×14 inch baking dish. Add a layer of prepared ravioli and sprinkle on ⅓ of shredded mozzarella cheese.
- Repeat another layer.
- Spoon over remaining sauce and top with mozzarella cheese. Mix together the grated Parmesan cheese and Panko breadcrumbs. Sprinkle over the sauce and drizzle with olive oil. Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes.
- Remove foil and continue to bake for 10 minutes until golden brown on the top.
Answers To Often Asked Questions
It’s easy to sub out the Italian sausage for ground beef or turkey. You can even leave out the meat altogether if desired.
Nope, you sure don’t. The ravioli will cook in the sauce while the casserole is baking.
Absolutely! This recipe is the ideal make-ahead meal. Make according to the instructions, cover tightly with foil, and store in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before baking.
Store any leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
More Great Pasta Dishes To Make!
- 1 lb ground Italian sausage
- 1 24 ounce jar prepared marinara sauce
- 1 large bag prepared cheese ravioli
- 2 – 2 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- ½ cup panko bread crumbs
- ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- olive oil
- Heat oven to 400 degrees.
- In a skillet, cook sausage over medium-high heat until done. Drain off fat. Add prepared marinara sauce and stir until combined.
- In an oven-proof 11 x 14 baking dish, spread on ⅓ of the sausage mixture. Layer on ravioli. Sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese over pasta.
- Spread another layer of sausage sauce over cheese. Place remaining ravioli over sauce. Ladle on remaining sauce. Sprinkle remaining mozzarella cheese over the sauce.
- In a small bowl, mix together panko bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle over mozzarella cheese. Drizzle lightly with olive oil. Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes.
- Remove foil and continue cooking until ravioli bake is bubbling and slightly brown on top. Let rest for 10 minutes and serve.
Going to have this for dinner today. How many ounces in a large bag of ravioli?
I use a large “family” size bag.
Can you double this? What size baking dish would you need?
I would use a 9×13. Everything should fit in just fine.
This is my kind of recipe. It was very easy to make and delicious! The only change I would make would be to add more sauce. Thank you for the recipe!
Thanks so much!
I agree on the sauce amount. The recipe calls for a “jar” of marinara so I don’t know how many ounces that is, but I had to use two 22 oz. jars of Rao’s.
Recipe card updated. 24 ounce jar is used.
Donya, love your recipes!!! I read one of the reviews and they mentioned when to add the onion and garlic, it doesn’t mention any of those in the ingredients. Thanks Ann Marie
Hey there Ann Marie!
Thank you so much for your interest in this recipe, I think you’re going to love it! The garlic and onions aren’t in my original recipe, but if you want to add them, they would make a delicious addition! If you want to, then I would recommend adding about a cup of diced onions and 2 tablespoons of minced garlic to the sausage as it’s cooking. I hope this helps, let me know how everything turns out if you give it a try!
I am going to make this tomorrow. It sounds delicious! My husband requests your Southern Pineapple Casserole every week. You are still the best cook on the internet! I always look forward to seeing your new recipes. May God bless you.
Hey there Carla!
My goodness! You are so kind, thank you so much for your sweet words! Your comment really put a smile on my face, I love sharing my recipes with y’all and I am so happy to hear that you and your husband have been enjoying them. Let me know how this recipe turns out if you do end up making it, it’s a very simple recipe to make but it’s got some fantastic flavors. If you ever have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask! Happy Holidays and may God bless you and your loved ones!
Where, when do I add the garlic?
That’s a great question! You add your garlic at the same time as your onions, cooking them with the sausage over a medium high heat. I hope this helps, let me know how it turns out!
Is this recipe freezer friendly?
It sure is Margaret!
Looks delicious and easy and I will be trying this over the weekend. I'll let you know the results from the family.
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