Skillet Ravioli Lasagna – the ravioli pulls double duty, providing the pasta as well as lasagna’s traditional ricotta filling. Cheesy and satisfying, this one pan meal is sure to be a hit at your dinner table!
I love coming up with quick one pan meals for my family, and this Skillet Ravioli Lasagna is my new favorite. It has all the flavors of a home cooked lasagna, but there is virtually no prep and it’s on the table in less than thirty minutes. I use fresh four cheese ravioli from the refrigerated section of the grocery store to bring this meal together.
Skillet Lasagna Updated
I originally called this recipe skillet lasagna, but recently updated the photos from the original post in 2013 and updated the title as well for clarification. The raviolis are used for a shortcut and incorporate the pasta as well as the ricotta cheese. I also include the original directions for a quick homemade red sauce. I have since found a jarred sauce, Rao’s, that I really love and use it in my quick recipes now.
Ravioli Lasagna Tips
- Start with a large skillet, sauté the onions and garlic in olive oil. You can use italian sausage, italian turkey sausage (my favorite!), or lean ground beef. Hold off on salt and pepper for now and add those at the end if needed. If you like a little spice, add some crushed red pepper to the onions and garlic while sautéing.
- Once the sausage is cooked through, add tomatoes, tomato sauce, low-sodium chicken broth, and the ravioli to the pan. I mentioned in my Skillet Stuffed Bell Pepper recipe that I prefer to use whole peeled tomatoes – I just use my kitchen scissors to cup them up in the can – but diced or crushed tomatoes will work too. Just use what you have on hand or what is most convenient.
- Bring the pan up to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer uncovered over medium heat for 15-20 minutes until the ravioli are tender and sauce has thickened. At this point, taste and see if it needs salt and pepper. The parmesan will add additional saltiness, so you may not need any extra salt.
More Easy Dinner Ideas
This shortcut lasagna is perfect for busy weeknights and cooks all in one pan.
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 pound of Italian Sausage Italian Turkey Sausage or Lean Ground Beef
- 1/2 a medium onion diced
- 2 cloves of garlic minced
- 28 oz can of whole peeled tomatoes crushed tomatoes or diced tomatoes
- 1 8 oz can of tomato sauce
- 1 1/2 cups of low sodium chicken broth
- 2 9 oz packages of Buitoni four cheese ravioli from the refrigerated section
- 8 oz of fresh mozzarella cheese shredded
- 1/2 cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese
- Flat leaf parsley for garnish
- Add olive oil to large skillet.
- Sautee onions and garlic, over medium heat, until onions are soft and translucent.
- Add sausage and cook, breaking up with wooden spoon while it browns.
- Once sausage is cooked through, add tomatoes, tomato sauce, chicken broth, and ravioli.
- If using whole peeled tomatoes, use kitchen shears to chop them up while still in the can before adding to skillet.
- Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer over medium heat.
- Simmer until ravioli are tender and sauce has reduced and thickened, 15-20 minutes
- Remove from heat and stir in mozzarella and parmesan.
You can substitute one jar of good quality sauce for the canned tomatoes and tomato sauce.
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