Do you ever have those days when preparing dinner feels like an overwhelming proposition? If you’re anything like me, you probably have that feeling a couple of times a week. :-) Getting dinner on the table, especially on busy weeknights, can be a challenge. Between work, shuttling kids around, homework, friends, and church activities, it’s a miracle if we’re even all home at dinnertime, let alone with a home-cooked meal on the table!
So any time I come across a tasty, family-friendly recipe that can be thrown together in minutes, I’m eager to give it a try! This lasagna recipe is not only amazingly simple, it’s really delicious too! We cleared out the pan in a matter of minutes. You could also easily dress it up with other ingredients to fit your family’s tastes, which is a plus for families with picky eaters.
Here’s the “secret” to a super simple weeknight dinner than will taste like you cooked all day!
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Easy Weeknight Ravioli Lasagna
- 1 (25 oz) bag of frozen ravioli (look for square ones, not round)
- 1 (26 oz) jar of your favorite tomato pasta sauce
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella
- 2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan (optional)
Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees, and spraying a 9 x 13 inch baking pan with cooking spray.
Spread just enough pasta sauce to cover the bottom of your baking pan, then lay half of the frozen ravioli pieces over the sauce.
Top the ravioli with half of the sauce and half of the mozzarella cheese.
At this point, you could add additional ingredients to make things a little more interesting, like a package of frozen spinach (thawed and drained,) or a can of sliced mushrooms (drained and rinsed,) or 1 pound ground Italian sausage. Whatever you and your family like!
Now repeat the layers. Lay down the rest of the ravioli, the rest of the sauce, and the rest of the mozzarella. Sprinkle the top with Parmesan.
Cover the baking pan in foil and bake for 40 minutes, then remove the foil and bake for another 20 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbling and the cheese is golden brown.
Let the lasagna sit for at least 10 minutes after you take it out of the oven, so it doesn’t fall apart when you cut into it. We want lasagna, not soup! ;-)
This lasagna is just the ticket for busy weeknights! It’s a hearty and satisfying meal the whole family will love, and it literally takes MINUTES to put together!