Lazy Lasagna Ravioli Style

Slow cooker lasagna with ravioli

This is a feel good recipe all the way! Its got cheese, ravioli, fresh basil pasta sauce and a sausage beef blend. Everyone loves a good homemade lasagna but making one can be so intimidating. Luckily you can make this slow cooker lasagna with ravioli in minutes and move on!

This easy ravioli lasagna can be prepped in 10 minutes or less and cooked that day or frozen for a future fast dinner! Making it a freezer meal will get you and the kids excited for a comfort food homemade lasagna night with no effort. 

The secret to slow cooker lasagna is ravioli!

Pasta is my cheat meal. In fact at times I crave a good pasta dinner. Lasagna has always been a family favorite with insane flavors. But sometimes there just isnt the time or desire to make a lasagna.

Therefore this lazy lasagna recipe was created! Get all the best flavors lasagna has to offer with non of the effort. No need to carefully create layers or measure everything out. Just throw everything together in the crockpot and enjoy a ravioli casserole that tastes exactly like your grandmas lasagna!

Why you will love this crockpot lasagna with ravioli!

  • 10 Minutes to Prep
  • Super Easy
  • Extremely Tasty
  • Family Friendly
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What to east with lasagna?

Grilled vegetables are my favorite first choice side with lazy lasagna! If you’re looking for super easy then cook up some garlic green beans out of the freezer and toast a slice of artisan bread. 
 
You can also enjoy a garlic bread, side salad or parmesan crusted green beans!
 

Ingredients you will need for this slow cooker lasagna with ravioli.

  • ground beef
  • sweet Italian sausage
  • garlic cloves
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • Italian seasoning
  • marinara pasta sauce
  • cheese ravioli (or favorite ravioli)
  • mozzarella cheese

Can I make this crockpot lasagna vegetarian?

 
Absolutely! Just omit the meat and use your favorite ravioli for the dish. Then you can enjoy a delicious vegetarian dinner!
 

How to make the marinara sauce from scratch?

SUPER EASY! I love making my own sauces. In the past sauces have intimidated me. But this one is as simple as throwing all the sauce ingredients together in a food processor or high speed blender and blending until smooth. Find the recipe here, plus it uses basic pantry ingredients!
 

How to make this slow cooker lasagna with ravioli?

Just throw everything into a slow cooker and let it cook for you. No mess, no fuss and comfort food family dinner at its finest! 

 

What kind of ravioli should I use?

Any kind you love! Fresh, frozen, gluten free…. The possibilities are endless and totally customizable! Find the best ravioli option for you and use it to make your favorite lazy lasagna recipe.  
 

Can you cook frozen ravioli in the sauce?

Yes! The ravioli will embrace all the flavors of your sauce and result in a mouth watering dinner like you never experienced.
 

How to store lazy lasagna?

After cooking store in fridge in an airtight container for 3-5 days.
 

Do I need a slow cooker for this recipe?

You can use a slow cooker or crock pot for this recipe. It is designed to be fast and easy so you do not have to take the time to cook all night.
 

Can I use an instant pot instead?

Of course! If you are tight on time or a last minute cook then throw everything in the instant post and adjust cook time. For slow cooker to instant pot conversion times click here to get a simple instant pot cheat sheet. You will never have to guess or research an instant pot cook time again!
 

*See FAQ’s and specific tips following recipe below. (so you don’t have to scroll for a million years to find the food 😉 ).

How do you make Slow Cooker Lasagna with Ravioli? 👇 

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Lazy Lasagna...Ravioli Style

This lazy lasagna recipe is an absolute comfort food favorite! Easy fast dinner recipe, freezer friendly. Ravioli makes this lasagna an absolute dream.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Lasagna, Slow Cooker
Servings: 6 Adults
Calories: 860kcal
Author: Hannah Stewart

Equipment

  • Slow Cooker or Crockpot

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 sweet italian sausage links, casings removed
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp italian seasoning
  • 45 oz marinara pasta sauce *See the fresh basil pasta sauce recipe for what I use!
  • 16 oz cheese ravioli
  • 4 cup mozerella cheese

Instructions

Directions:

  • Brown ground beef and ground sausage together in large skillet.*If freezing this recipe continue down to freezer directions at this point.
  • Set browned meat into slow cooker, add in all remaining ingredients (except the mozzarella cheese), and gently stir.
  • Cook on low for 3 hours, top lasagna off with mozzarella cheese during the last 30 minutes of cook time.
  • Now its time to sit down and enjoy! (Optional: Garnish with fresh parsley)

Freezer Directions:

  • Set browned meat aside to cool.
  • While meat cools label gallon freezer bag with recipe name, cooking from frozen directions, and expiration date (three months plus today's date).
  • Add all ingredients (except mozzarella) into galloon freezer bag and top off with cooled beef.
  • Remove as much air as possible and seal bag. Freeze for up to three months.

Cooking from Frozen Directions:

  • Can cook from frozen or thaw overnight in fridge.
  • Dump contents of gallon freezer bag into slow cooker.
  • Cook on low for 3 hours, top lasagna off with mozzarella cheese during the last 30 minutes of cook time.
  • Now its time to sit down and enjoy! (Optional: Garnish with fresh parsley)

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Frequently asked questions

No problem! Just throw the freezer meal in your slow cooker and you’re all set. If it doesn’t fit thaw it for a few minutes in warm water. (You may need to add an extra 30 minutes cook time if completely frozen when cooking).

Green beans, asparagus, or grilled brussel sprouts are my favorite! But any grilled veggie you love will be an amazing side for lazy lasagna. You can also grill up an artisan garlic bread or side salad. 

No, you do not have to thaw the ravioli before cooking in the slow cooker or crock pot. But you may have to add some extra cook time to be sure that your dinner is fully cooked. 

YES! That is one of the best things about this crockpot lasagna with ravioli is that it can go straight from the freezer to crockpot to dinner table. 

Absolutely. You may have to play around with cook times. If you’re interested in an instant pot cheat sheet for cook times click here!

Making homemade tomato sauce always adds an insane about of flavor and depth to any dish. Here is a super easy fresh basil tomato sauce recipe that one requires you to blend everything together and then use it in this dish for best recults. 

Just throw it all in together and let it cook. You do not have to carefully stack or place anything, just dump and go. 

No way! Thats why I love calling it lazy lasagna! All the best parts of lasagna without any of the work. 

It could be considered to be a casserole because there are technically no layers. But it tastes exactly of lasagna just without the technical format…and without the extra work. 

  • Use ground turkey instead of beef and sausage. 
  • Omit the meat for a lower fat dish
  • Use a gluten free ravioli
  • Try cutting the mozerella cheese in half.

Mozzarella is the best option when it comes to lasagna. You can use fresh or shredded, totally up to you. It goes so well with the spices and flavors of this dish. 

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