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Ravioli Lasagna -- My Interpretation

Ravioli lasagna -- a best of two worlds as far as pasta dishes go and an ease of preparation that makes me wonder why I hadn't thought of this years ago. Inspirational credit for this dish goes to my daughter-in-law who, with the care and feeding of five children, seeks always to work smarter not harder.

The beauty of ravioli lasagna, besides the final product, is both the ease and speed of preparation compared to traditional lasagna. Simply choose the type or types of ravioli you want, buy or prepare your favorite sauce (traditional red sauce or white sauce) and prepare to put them together in a casserole dish. This could also be made in a crock pot.

I used frozen ravioli. There is no need to that or cook them before assembling your dish. Just pop them in frozen and the over or crock pot will cook them, incorporating the sauce along the way. In addition, I added fresh sliced mushrooms that I sauteed with minced fresh garlic between the two layers of ravioli here. You can add anything you'd like or keep it simple -- it's all up to you.

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Image Credit » Photo by Deb Jones Ravioli Lasagna 9-8-2015

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deafdiva wrote on September 8, 2015, 1:09 PM

That looks so good! The problem is some of us like beef ravioli and some of us like cheese ravioli!

markgraham wrote on September 8, 2015, 1:10 PM

This looks delicious. This would work for single people as well with several dinners besides.

Feisty56 wrote on September 8, 2015, 2:08 PM

There's an easy solution to that dilemma. I used two one-pound bags of frozen ravioli and mixed them together, but you could put each kind together, one at one side, one at the other. I'd mark with a toothpick or something one end of it, so you'd know when it's been cooked which end is which. : )

Feisty56 wrote on September 8, 2015, 2:09 PM

There's literally hundreds of variations you could make to create each dish. And yes, plenty left over to freeze for other meals or eat for several days.

Feisty56 wrote on September 8, 2015, 2:10 PM

Sure, your hubby is welcome any time. I'll just have to provide some advance notice since it will be a bit of a drive for him. Ruby can come, too, if she likes Italian. : )

Rufuszen wrote on September 8, 2015, 2:49 PM

I've just eaten and feel quite peckish, again!

wolfgirl569 wrote on September 8, 2015, 2:51 PM

Looks good and sounds easy. I always just heated the cans of ravioli for a quick meal

MegL wrote on September 8, 2015, 3:41 PM

Yes, recently, when making lasagne, I have made macaroni cheese, (pasta in cheese sauce) then layered that with cooked mince in a dish. Lot quicker.

Kasman wrote on September 8, 2015, 4:12 PM

Not really a pasta fan but I might make an exception for this. Can I come round for tea?

Feisty56 wrote on September 8, 2015, 6:34 PM

I've just had what seems a splendid idea! New post forthcoming. : )

LeaPea2417 wrote on September 8, 2015, 7:17 PM

That does look tasty and a good creative combination.

Feisty56 wrote on September 8, 2015, 7:34 PM

I love that word, peckish. I'd enjoy inviting you and yours over for dinner.

Feisty56 wrote on September 8, 2015, 7:36 PM

Oh wolfgirl569 , say it isn't so! Canned pasta, even as a child, did not appeal to me, but it must have its fans since they still sell the stuff by the truckload. I think if you have the opportunity to try frozen ravioli, in whatever way you prefer it, you'll ditch the canned stuff.

Feisty56 wrote on September 8, 2015, 7:39 PM

I'm confused -- and I'm sure it's me not you -- you made lasagna, but instead of the traditional way you made a layered macaroni and cheese with ground meat? I think that's what you said. It sounds yummy to me -- any chance I have to eat homemade macaroni and cheese, I take it. : )

Feisty56 wrote on September 8, 2015, 7:40 PM

Thank you. It did taste good, and as I find true so often, is even tastier reheated the next day.

wolfgirl569 wrote on September 9, 2015, 12:06 AM

Like it on occasion and it was something the boys could open and heat in the microwave when they got home from school

bestwriter wrote on September 9, 2015, 2:11 AM

That is pretty risky. Eating food that is cooked by another lady. I would not take that risk emoticon :grin:

MegL wrote on September 9, 2015, 2:31 AM

Sorry for the confusion. Normally, when I make lasagne, I make it the traditional way, layering cooked mince and onion with uncooked lasagne pasta and cheese sauce, then repeating those 3 layers and topping with grated cheese, before putting in the oven. But lasagne pasta has to be broken to fit my lasagne dish.

Macaroni cheese is just pasta of any kind (shells, twists, etc) cooked and added to cheese sauce (in my kitchen, anyway) and topped with grated cheese, so I thought it would be quicker to layer the cooked mince and onion with macaroni cheese. It is. It tastes the same and also, I could toast the top layer of grated cheese under the grill if I were in a hurry, because everything is already cooked unlike with the lasagne sheets which have to cook in the oven.
I suppose to make it even quicker, I could use tinned macaroni cheese with mince and onion. It might be easier to make small portions too!

Last Edited: September 9, 2015, 2:33 AM

missfortune wrote on September 9, 2015, 9:05 AM

I used to labor over trays of lasagna; now I just make baked ziti with lots of sausage (chunky style) and whoever is home at the time pigs out on it

Feisty56 wrote on September 9, 2015, 9:54 AM

You have to forgive me...I can be a bit dense at times. : ) Thank you for clearing that up. I think it sounds yummy. Maybe I could get an invite for leftovers?

Feisty56 wrote on September 9, 2015, 9:55 AM

Another great way to get the same taste as lasagna without all the work!

CalmGemini wrote on September 9, 2015, 11:04 AM

Though I have enjoyed eating Lasagna in restaurants I have never cooked one.The dish looks nice and appetizing.

deafdiva wrote on September 9, 2015, 1:57 PM

hmm that is a solution! Thanks for the tip!

AliCanary wrote on September 9, 2015, 3:02 PM

Ooh, the garlic-sauteed mushrooms are a nice touch. You're making me hungry!

bestwriter wrote on September 9, 2015, 7:21 PM

I joked too. I know you know it emoticon :tongue:

Petra wrote on September 9, 2015, 8:40 PM

What a great idea when your in a hurry and have grandkids coming over. I'm always looking for short-cuts in the kitchen:) Thanks for sharing this Fiesty56. It sounds delicious:)

Feisty56 wrote on September 9, 2015, 10:16 PM

My daughter asked me to bring lunch to her at work today, so I took some of the reheated ravioli lasagna. I took plenty, in case any of her co-workers would be hungry. Everyone was pleased who ate it. (The meaty baby portabello mushroom slices were the best part for me.) C'mon over and we can share some.

Feisty56 wrote on September 9, 2015, 10:18 PM

If you are interested in making lasagna at home, this recipe would be easy enough to make. Or, as missfortune mentioned, she just uses the ingredients for lasagna, but puts it altogether with ziti pasta for a lasagna casserole. You can freeze leftover portions so you're not eating a casserole for days -- unless, of course, you want to. : )

Feisty56 wrote on September 9, 2015, 10:23 PM

I haven't met a child yet that doesn't love pasta and tomato sauce. You could make this in the crock pot, too, if you wanted to, so no heating up the house with the oven on and you can prepare before guests arrive. The only thing I would do, because of the cheese in the casserole, would be certain to use a disposable crock pot liner, or at the very least cooking spray, so you wouldn't have that scrubbing of the gooey cheese later.

CalmGemini wrote on September 10, 2015, 1:39 AM

Sure,I will keep it in mind ,thanks for the tip.

Petra wrote on September 10, 2015, 1:20 PM

Thanks for the tip &Fiesty56 . Have a great day:)

cheri wrote on September 12, 2015, 4:57 AM

Wow! It looks so yummy. Hope I can learn this because my little boy loves lasagna

lexiconlover wrote on September 30, 2015, 1:33 PM

This actually looks pretty good. Although I am not a huge fan of red sauce. I bet I could do a similar version with cheese ravioli and a white pasta sauce. :)