Crockpot Ravioli with Crumbled Italian Beef

My Crockpot Ravioli recipe is the most popular recipe on my site. It doesn’t hurt that it is easy and my kids love it!

I like to make a large batch and have leftovers for those who next it the next day for lunch.  It makes for a great hot lunch and that is something I love to do since we homeschool.

Now, I love cheese ravioli. I am not a fan of a ravioli filled with a pocket of beef,  however, I do like the flavor that beef cooked beef can add to ravioli. Is that totally complicated, or what? (Plus I am totally picky about the quality of beef we use, so that really makes things difficult.)

It occurred to me recently that we could have cheese raviolis with hamburger meat added in- like on top of the ravioli.  And why no cook the beef in Italian seasoning. Yum!

Here is how we made it.

crockpot ravioli with crumbled beef

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb beef (I use grass fed)
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 2 t Italian seasoning
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 2  bags of frozen cheese ravioli (25 oz bags)
  • 2 standard size jars of your favorite Spaghetti sauce  (I used Trader Joe’s)
  • 2 cups Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 c Parmesan cheese, shredded

In a skillet add the olive oil and minced garlic over medium heat.

Add the hamburger meat. Top the meat with the salt, pepper and Italian seasoning.

Cook well over medium heat, crumbling the meat as it browns. Cook until all the meat is browned.

grass fed beef with Italian seasoning

Add one bag of the ravioli to the crockpot.

target brand frozen cheese ravioli

Pour half of the cooked beef evenly over the pasta.

crockpot ravioli

Add one jar of spaghetti sauce evenly over the pasta and beef.

Sprinkle with one cup of the Mozzarella cheese. Again evenly over the dish.

trader joes cheese

Repeat those layers again using up the second bag of Ravioli, the second can of sauce, the remaining beef and the final cup of Mozzarella.

Top all of that with the Parmesan cheese.

Pop a lid on it and cook for 3 hours on high. This cooks quickly.

(By the way, you want your crockpot to be no more than 3/4th of the way full. This requires using a 6 qt oval crockpot, or cutting the recipe in half. Feel free to read my 10 Tips for Crockpot Cooking. )

crockpot ravioli with beef

Once it is done, plate it up. This easily serves 8-10 people. Like I said, we hold on to leftovers for lunch.

I served this with a yummy salad, topped with pomegranate seeds. AMAZING! We also had clementine orange slices. Yum!

crockpot ravioli with crumbled beef

It is super easy and yummy. Perfect for those hungry men who love meat. Don’t want the meat? Make my traditional Crockpot Ravioli recipe.

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Crockpot Ravioli with Crumbled Italian Beef
Dinner
8-10
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb beef (I use grass fed)
  • 1 t salt
  • ½ t pepper
  • 2 t Italian seasoning
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 2 bags of frozen cheese ravioli (25 oz bags)
  • 2 standard size jars of your favorite Spaghetti sauce (I used Trader Joe’s)
  • 2 cups Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • ½ c Parmesan cheese, shredded
Instructions
  1. In a skillet add the olive oil and minced garlic over medium heat.
  2. Add the hamburger meat. Top the meat with the salt, pepper and Italian seasoning.
  3. Cook well over medium heat, crumbling the meat as it browns. Cook until all the meat is browned.
  4. Add one bag of the ravioli to the crockpot.
  5. Pour half of the cooked beef evenly over the pasta.
  6. Add one jar of spaghetti sauce evenly over the pasta and beef.
  7. Sprinkle with one cup of the Mozzarella cheese. Again evenly over the dish.
  8. Repeat those layers again using up the second bag of Ravioli, the second can of sauce, the remaining beef and the final cup of Mozzarella.
  9. Top all of that with the Parmesan cheese.
  10. Pop a lid on it and cook for 3 hours on high. This cooks quickly.
  11. Plate it up.
Notes
(By the way, you want your crockpot to be no more than ¾th of the way full. This requires using a 6 qt oval crockpot, or cutting the recipe in half.)

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Comments

  1. says

    How large of a crockpot do you use? I am wanting to make this. I think my is 6.5 qts and I need to be able to feed 13 people…11 of which is men so in other words plenty of food.

    • says

      I have a 6 qrt oval crockpot.

      If they are all men I would be tempted to do three bags of ravioli and have a nice salad and some bread on the side.

      • says

        Great minds think alike…Do you think three bags would fit in the 6 qt or would I need a second one. I need to be able to transport this from home to work.

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