Million Dollar Ravioli Casserole

Million Dollar Ravioli Casserole – seriously delicious! Meat sauce, frozen ravioli, and 4 cheeses! The BEST pasta casserole EVER!!! Can make ahead and refrigerate or freeze for later. Frozen cheese ravioli, cream cheese, sour cream, cottage cheese, Italian sausage, spaghetti sauce, parmesan cheese, and mozzarella cheese. Serve with a simple salad and garlic bread. Great for dinner parties and potlucks! Everyone loves this easy casserole! I never have any leftovers!! 

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This Million Dollar Ravioli Casserole is a new favorite in our house! Meat sauce, ravioli, and tons of cheese. YUM! We ate this for lunch and dinner the same day. We just couldn’t get enough of it!!! You can make this pasta casserole ahead of time and refrigerate or freeze for later. I like to make this and split it between two pans. Bake one now and freeze one for later.

As I said, we LOVED this Million Dollar Ravioli Casserole! It is loaded with tons of amazing flavor. We served this with a salad and some garlic bread. If you need a good garlic bread recipe, check out our version of Carbone’s Garlic Bread. I love it!!

Favorite Store-Bought Spaghetti Sauces

What is a good store-bought spaghetti sauce?

I used a jar of Trader Joe’s Roasted Garlic Marinara (green label) in this casserole. I also like Rao’s or La Famiglia DelGrosso jarred sauces. All three of these jarred sauces taste great! I used Italian sausage for the meat sauce.

If you don’t like sausage, you can swap it out for ground beef or ground turkey. You might want to add a teaspoon of Italian seasoning to the beef or turkey to give it more flavor. Totally up to you.

One last thing about the ingredients, I used a bag of frozen cheese ravioli. There is no need to thaw the ravioli first. It will cook in the casserole.

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One more thing, this casserole uses cottage cheese. I already know the emails and comments that are coming from all you cottage cheese haters! Here is my take on cottage cheese: I like cottage cheese in pasta casseroles. I NEVER ever eat it straight out of the container – yuck! BUT it is heavenly in casseroles. If you haven’t tried it, I really encourage you to branch out and try it. If you aren’t ready to trust the word of a tried and true picky eater, you can try and substitute ricotta for the cottage cheese.

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Million Dollar Ravioli Casserole

Yield: 8 people
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Million Dollar Ravioli Casserole – seriously delicious! Meat sauce, frozen ravioli, and 4 cheeses! The BEST pasta casserole EVER!!! Can make ahead and refrigerate or freeze for later. Frozen cheese ravioli, cream cheese, sour cream, cottage cheese, Italian sausage, spaghetti sauce, parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese. Serve with a simple salad and garlic bread. Great for dinner parties and potlucks! Everyone loves this easy casserole! I never have any leftovers!! #casserole #pasta #freezermeal

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb Italian sausage
  • 1 (28-oz) jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 (8-oz) package cream cheese softened
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp parsley
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 (25-oz) package frozen cheese ravioli
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Spray a 9x13x2-inch pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet brown Italian sausage. Drain fat from skillet. Stir in spaghetti sauce and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine cottage cheese, softened cream cheese, sour cream, parmesan cheese, parsley and garlic powder. Add ravioli. Toss to coast.
  • Spread ravioli in the bottom of the prepared baking pan.
  • Pour meat sauce over ravioli and top with mozzarella cheese.
  • Bake uncovered for 45 minutes. Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes before serving.

Notes:

Can make the casserole in advance and refrigerate or freeze for later.
If baking straight from the refrigerator, you may need to add a few minutes to the cooking time.
To bake after freezing, thaw completely and bake as directed above.

Steph

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  1. Absolutely fabulous! My brother-in-law hates cottage cheese with a passion and never had a clue it was in this dish. He even took leftovers to work the next day! Everyone loves it and it’s staying in our regular rotation for sure. Thanks Stephanie for a truly million dollar recipe!

  2. would love for these recipes to be more printer friendly. This is the only site I have seen that doesn’t have a print button, that said…I love this recipe!!! have lost it a few times and am back to cut and paste it into word so I always have it.

  3. To truly make it “million dollar”, I would sprinkle those crispy french fried onion bits to the last 15 min of bake time! Can’t wait!

  4. Loved this! Was very easy to make and delicious! There was plenty for another meal later in the week. I forgot to soften the cream cheese so I used my microwave soften setting and was able to mix it up without any problems.

  5. I doubled the sauce and sausage, added sautéed onions to sauce and it was absolutely delish! This will definitely be added to our rotation.

    Cheaper and a lot quicker to make than standard lasagna which is an added bonus for sure!!

  6. I highly recommend trying this!! I only used 2 8oz jars of spaghetti sauce though. I added mushrooms as well. I accidentally bought refrigerated ravioli so I boiled them for 3 minutes then mixed them with the cream cheese mixture. Turned out perfect 🥰

  7. is that 2 TBSP fresh or dry parsley?-can I substitute marinara sauce for spaghetti sauce?-if so which is best?-THANKS

  8. Delicious and very easy to make. The family has decided that it is a keeper recipe – the ultimate compliment!!!!

    1. I don’t like cottage cheese either. I add more sour cream 1/2 cup and more cream cheese 1/4 cup. It sets up perfect and taste great!

    1. What a great idea! But unfortunately, without further recipe testing, I cannot answer with certainty. As always, please use your best judgment regarding substitutions and modifications.

  9. I made this last night, and my adult son and I both loved it. We love my lasagna recipe, but this was much simpler and faster to make. Probably not waist friendly enough to have every week, but a definite keeper for at least once in awhile! I used Rana (“Italy’s Most Loved”) cheese lovers signature fresh tortelloni, and it was terrific. The instructions on the package said to boil for 3 minutes, but my instinct told me that it would be just fine to put in the casserole unboiled since it would be cooking in the sauce for close to an hour. I was right! the pasta was just perfect. Looking forward to leftovers today!

  10. Made this twice now. The first time was pretty much to your directions above. At first I thought it was just ok and my husband’s review was, it’s ok but too cheesy for him. (He only tolerates soft and mild cheeses, but typically is against any other.) But next day’s leftovers Really just hit home for me! Like I became mildly obsessed…So a week later I made another half pan (9×9) for myself but with the following changes… not because I didn’t like yours, but to use up things in my fridge…

    I used 2 pks of Trader Joe’s refrigerated Ravioli (Italian sausage). I probably got 18 raviolis total. Forgot to count. For your million dollar mix I used 4oz mascarpone, 3/4 c 4%fat cottage cheese, 2oz cream cheese, and 1/4 c or so of sour cream. Then about 2tsp dried minced garlic, and a few shakes of Penzeys Pasta Sprinkle (The best Italian Herb blend!)
    I mixed all right there in the baking dish, and Once all blended, I stirred in the raviolis right in pan. Then, because I was lazy, I omitted the sausage and just poured about a half jar of spaghetti sauce over the ravs and covered with mozzarella. Baked at 350 til the cheese on top was perfect. I gotta say, it was just as delish! Ridiculously easy and quick. And since the ravs were only cold and not frozen, I only needed to bake about 25 min. I still let it rest though. This recipe will be made a lot!
    Thanks for this!

  11. This sounds yummy! Can I use fresh ravioli…it’s what I have on hand. If yes, would I par boil it first? Thx in advance…Linda

  12. I’m so glad I listened to you and decided to branch out and try cottage cheese in your recipes….it’s so delicious!!! Making this tonight ????

  13. Made this over the weekend and it was amazing! Fed 8 people and had a little left over, served with salad and bread. I thinka standard 24oz jar of sauce is enough sauce, no need to open a second jar if that is what you have on hand. Super easy and super delicious. I made the casserole up and noon and refrigerated until dinner so when my guests arrive I only need to take the casserole out to pop it in the oven. Delicious.

  14. Made this today. Turned out really good..didn't have cottage cheese or sour cream and used fresh ravioli as that was what i had. Thank you

  15. Stephanie! This casserole is DELICIOUS!!! I made it for our church's monthly potbless, and everyone raved about it! I was secretly glad that there was some left over so I could eat it the next day. 🙂

    1. YAY! SO glad everyone enjoyed it. This is one of my favorites. I'm jealous you had the leftovers. I need to make it again soon!

  16. What size pans do you use when you split it into two pans, and should I change the cooking time if split into two pans?

  17. Hands down, this is the most delicious pasta casserole I've made. I followed the recipe exactly and divided it in half. I cooked one for dinner and froze the other. Both turned out just great! I'm making it again tonight and I'm going to try thawing the ravioli just a little bit beforehand as I found the frozen ones a bit difficult to work with. They kept sticking together and my hands were so cold after working with them. Hats off to Steph for a recipe that is now in my "favorites" file.

    1. Well we are about to find out. I had some fresh on hand so decided to throw caution to the wind and use it. I prepared it per the directions on the pasta but shortened the boil time. I also am shortening the baking time to 30 minutes (or less). Cross your fingers!

  18. I am NOT a fan of cottage cheese (traumatic childhood experience) so I was skeptical. I made this recipe and used half the amount of cottage cheese that the recipe calls for and it was AMAZING! My husband and I both loved it!

  19. I’ve never used cottage cheese in casseroles before but I’m going to branch out and give it a try. Do you prefer small curd or large curd?

  20. Hi, Made the Million dollar Ravioli with Udi’s frozen gluten free Ravioli and it still came out perfectly!! Thanks 🙂

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