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This baked ravioli recipe has cheese ravioli, ground beef, marinara sauce, and melty parmesan and mozzarella. It’s so simple to make and is total comfort food!

If you like baked pasta, you’ll love my Baked Penne with Sausage or this Easy Meatball Casserole.

close-up of cheesy baked ravioli casserole (in baking dish with some being lifted out with spatula)

Why you’ll love it

This cheesy ravioli bake is especially great because the ravioli cooks right in the oven. There’s no need to boil it separately first! It’s such a time saver, making this an awesome easy weeknight meal. Even your picky eaters won’t be able to resist this one.

Ground beef is my go-to when I am creating an inexpensive and filling dish. Add in a bunch of cheese, and it’s total bliss. I think of this meal as lazy lasagna, which is important when you’re a busy parent and just want to get dinner on the table fast with no hassle!

What you’ll need

  • Olive oil – for sautéing
  • Onion and garlic – I love cooking with Vidalia onions, but yellow or white work as well
  • Ground beef – we’re using extra lean ground beef
  • Marinara sauce – it’s a big component, so use a jarred brand you actually enjoy the taste of, or make my Homemade Marinara Sauce
  • Ravioli – I used cheese ravioli, but you can change up the variety no problem or even sub in tortellini. I’d add another 10-15 minutes to the baking time if you’re using frozen ravioli.
  • Cheese – we’re using both parmesan and mozzarella
cheesy baked ravioli in a shallow bowl

Tools for this recipe

Check out Natasha’s favorite kitchen essentials, gadgets, and cookware!

  • I prefer to grate my own cheese for better flavor and texture, and I use this cheese grater.
  • This is the skillet I use for the sautéing step.
  • I like to use a deep lasagna dish for this one to easily accommodate everything.

How to make baked ravioli

This is an overview with step-by-step photos. Full ingredients & instructions are in the recipe card below.

cooking ground beef in a skillet and adding marinara sauce and ravioli to a baking dish

Sauté the onions and ground beef in a skillet. Meanwhile, pre-heat the oven. Once the beef is cooked, stir in some of the marinara sauce into the skillet, and then add the rest to a baking dish. Add the first layer of ravioli. This doesn’t have to be done perfectly.

adding the beef and cheese layers to baked ravioli in a casserole dish

Add half the ground beef mixture and top with cheese. Then you’ll want to repeat it and do a second layer with the rest of the ravioli, ground beef, and cheese. Cover with foil, bake, and then broil carefully to bubbly, golden cheesy goodness!

Make ahead tip

  • You can easily assemble it ahead of time! Simply complete the recipe through step 6, and then tightly cover and freeze the whole baking dish for up to three months.
  • When you want to cook it, thaw in the fridge overnight and bake it for a bit longer than suggested. You’ll want to check it’s fully warmed through before the broiling step.

Substitutions and variations

  • You don’t need to be super precise with this recipe. Use round ravioli if you prefer that shape. Change it up with a different flavor than cheese. Use more/less than 20 ounces. It’s all good!
  • Try swapping the beef for ground turkey or even ground pork.
  • You can change up the cheeses too. Cheddar would be great, or try Gruyère.
  • Instead of using marinara sauce, feel free to use whatever jarred tomato-based pasta sauce is your favorite. You could even add a little Alfredo Sauce between the layers for added flavor and creaminess.

What to serve with baked ravioli

Leftovers and storage

  • Leftovers will keep for a few days in the fridge.
  • Reheat them in the oven, covered by foil. You could always broil for a bit at the end as well. Microwave will be okay if that’s your only option.
  • I wouldn’t recommend freezing leftovers. The pasta will change texture, and it just won’t be as tasty.
cheesy ravioli bake in a white baking dish

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cheesy baked ravioli in a shallow bowl
4.85 from 32 votes

Easy Baked Ravioli

This baked ravioli recipe has cheese ravioli, ground beef, marinara sauce, and melty parmesan and mozzarella. It's so simple to make and is total comfort food!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 50 minutes
Total: 1 hour
Servings: 6


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 1 pound extra lean ground beef
  • 3-4 cloves garlic minced
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 3 cups marinara sauce (one 24 oz. jar) divided
  • 20 ounces uncooked cheese ravioli see note
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese


  • Preheat the oven to 350F and move the rack to the top third of the oven. Prep the cheeses.
  • Add the oil and onion to a skillet and sauté for 4-5 minutes over medium-high heat.
  • Add in the ground beef and garlic. Cook it, breaking the beef up with your spoon as you go along, until it's browned and cooked through (about 8 minutes). If there's a lot of excess fat, spoon it out. Season with a bit of salt & pepper.
  • Add 2 cups of the marinara sauce to the ground beef mixture (give it a good stir and let it heat through).
  • Pour the remaining 1 cup marinara sauce into a greased 9×13 baking dish (spread it evenly along the bottom).
  • Add half the ravioli to the baking dish (some overlap is totally fine, but try to arrange it in a fairly even layer), then add half the beef mixture followed by half of each of the cheeses. Repeat this process so you've got 2 layers and it's finished with the layer of cheese on top.
  • Cover the baking dish with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Take the foil off and broil for a few minutes so you've got a nice, bubbly, browned cheese layer, then serve immediately.


  • I used refrigerated cheese & spinach ravioli. If using frozen ravioli, increase cook time by 10-15 minutes as needed. You can use a bit less or a bit more than 20 ounces ravioli for this recipe… it doesn’t have to be exact.
  • Please see the blog post for make-ahead tips, substitution suggestions, and process photos if step 6 is confusing to you.
  • Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.


Calories: 658kcal, Carbohydrates: 48g, Protein: 47g, Fat: 31g, Saturated Fat: 14g, Cholesterol: 142mg, Sodium: 1764mg, Potassium: 736mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 927IU, Vitamin C: 10mg, Calcium: 420mg, Iron: 13mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Sheila says:

    5 stars
    Quick and easy and very good. Will make it again. I added hot italian sausage for a kick of added flavor.

    1. Natasha says:

      Thank you, Sheila!

  2. Janice says:

    5 stars
    My family and I love this recipe!! It’s cheap, quick and easy, and usually have all of the ingredients at home when the raviolis go on sale🤗. This recipe goes a long way with a three person family and the leftovers might be even better!! Thanks for this!!

    1. Natasha says:

      You’re very welcome, Janice!!

  3. Elizabeth says:

    5 stars
    Delicious! We made it ahead of time for dinner when we were going to have a busier week ahead. We utilized spicy italian sausage instead of ground beef, and loved the added spice.

    1. Natasha says:

      Excellent! Glad you liked it!

  4. Jessica says:

    5 stars
    Sooo DELICIOUS 🤤 I used a little extra Raos Honemade marinara sauce, a little extra hamburger & onion. I used two boxes of Mrs. T’s mini pierogies 4 cheese, medley (with aged cheddar, Parmesan, Romano and Swiss cheese and creamy whipped potatoes, wrapped in tender pasta) instead of ravioli and it is definitely a keeper! Thanks 🤩

    1. Natasha says:

      You’re very welcome, Jessica!!