Do you love meat-stuffed ravioli just as much as me, but don’t have the time to make them from scratch? Then you will love this ravioli crockpot casserole.
It is so fast and easy to make, it cooks by itself! Bow tie pasta with ground beef and spinach makes this dish a complete meal while using canned stewed tomatoes and canned tomato sauce makes it easy and convenient.
Italian seasoning, oregano, Parmesan, and Mozzarella cheeses make it so tasty, you will think you ordered out.
This is an all-time favorite with kids as well as adults, so go get your ingredients ready and take out your crockpot, sit back and read a book while dinner is ready.
HOW TO MAKE CROCKPOT RAVIOLI CASSEROLE?
Follow the simple recipe below to make this delicious crockpot ravioli casserole from scratch.
- Step 1. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef with the chopped onion and minced garlic.
- Step 2. Put the cooked beef mixture into the crockpot, and add the tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes, one cup of water, and seasonings. Cook for 6 hrs on low.
- Step 3. Thirty minutes before cooking time is over, add the thawed spinach and bowtie pasta.
- Step 4. Before serving, add the cheeses, mix, and let them melt for a few minutes.
WHAT TO SERVE WITH CROCKPOT RAVIOLI CASSEROLE
A side salad is great with this casserole. A simple mixed greens salad. Breadsticks or a slice of crusty bread are all these needs.
MAKE AHEAD STEPS FOR RAVIOLI CASSEROLE
If you want to save some time, brown the ground beef with the onions and garlic the night before, or have it ready on the day you want to serve this dish. That way, all you have to do is throw everything together into the crockpot.
TOP TIPS FOR MAKING THIS CROCKPOT RAVIOLI CASSEROLE
- This is important. The amount of water added to the crockpot depends on how you like your pasta. Some people don’t add water at all. But I think pasta doesn’t cook properly without a bit of water.
- The amount of salt and pepper also depends on your taste, but don’t be shy of adding salt. This is a lot of food so it needs a good amount.
- You can use fresh spinach if you want. I used thawed frozen spinach for convenience, but fresh works just as well.
- If you can, shred your own Mozzarella. It makes a difference using freshly grated cheese. Parmesan is a dry-aged cheese, so it’s ok to buy it already shredded. But for other types of cheese, I always buy it in blocks and shred it myself to avoid the extra ingredients added to them to prevent sticking.
OTHER RECIPES YOU MIGHT ENJOY
- 1 ½ lbs lean ground beef
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 (150z) can tomato sauce
- 1 can stewed tomatoes
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- salt/pepper to taste
- 10 oz frozen spinach, thawed
- 16 oz bowtie pasta, cooked
- ½ cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
- 1 ½ cup Mozzarella cheese, shredded
- ½ cup of water
- In a large skillet, brown the ground beef with the chopped onion and minced garlic
- Put the cooked beef mixture into the crockpot, and add the tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes, one cup of water, and seasonings. Cook for 6 hrs on low
- Thirty minutes before cooking time is over, add the thawed spinach and bowtie pasta
- Before serving, add the cheeses, mix and let them melt for a few minutes