If you are looking for a delicious crockpot ravioli recipe, you came to the right place. This is another super simple crockpot meal that you will love. You can choose to make it with either ground turkey sausage or beef. A generous dose of marinara sauce and a handful of shredded mozzarella cheese makes this recipe a heavenly dinner for your family.
How to make Frozen Ravioli in a Crockpot
Cooking doesn’t have to be complicated. A few simple ingredients and your slow cooker are all you need to nail this crockpot dish! Just toss the frozen ravioli, the meat, and marinara sauce in the crockpot and let it cook on low for eight hours before adding the cheese.
Slow Cooker Ravioli Benefits
- Minimum effort, maximum taste.
- Low heat cooking will make the sausage turkey or beef tender, without risk of overcooking.
- It’s the easiest way to cook a large amount of food.
- You can work with frozen ravioli straight from the freezer.
- It requires no stirring and no complicated cooking techniques.
There is a difference between marinara sauce and pasta sauce. Pasta sauce contains a variety of interchangeable ingredients while the marinara sauce is simply made of tomatoes and seasonings. If you are looking for the healthier option, we vote for marinara sauce. It’s rich in vitamin C and fiber but also very low in calories and fat.
Ground Turkey vs. Ground Beef Sausage
Equally delicious and both packed with nutrients, it’s a tough choice for the sausage meat lovers!
Turkey sausage contains more protein per serving size than beef sausage and it’s lower in fat content. Besides the protein, it will arm you with a substantial amount of Vitamins A, C, E, B-6, and B-12.
The all-time-classic beef has a richer and more scrumptious flavor but it’s also higher in fat. A variety of grains or breadcrumbs may be included as fillers or extenders to both options, so make sure you check the allergens ingredient list.
The classic Italian favorite, mozzarella, received its name from the Italian verb “mozzare”, which means “to separate”. Compared to other kinds of cheese, mozzarella is one of the most nutritious options you can eat. It is low in calories, but high in protein, calcium, and sodium.
Mild, versatile and with a lovely texture when it melts, it’s the perfect cheese for ravioli. Plus, you get that amazing Italian food vibe that we are addicted to! There’s a good reason why most crockpot recipe books feature so many yummy recipes with mozzarella!
If you are on a vegan diet, replace the turkey or beef with soy sausage for this ravioli dish. Finely chop the soy meat and follow the same steps. Swap the ravioli with vegan cheese ravioli and no one will know the difference. The result will be equally good! It is also a great alternative for those intolerant to lactose.
This dish is the epitome of refined Italian simplicity in a bowl. And if you are after that culinary simplicity, you will not be disappointed.
Ravioli has that dumpling-like feel that is utterly satisfying, while the combination of ground meat and melted cheese bring the perfect balance, and contrast of textures.
Tried and tested, a simple crockpot ravioli meal is always a good idea when you’re just trying to get a dinner on the table your whole family will love!
Hope you enjoy :)!!
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- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Cook Time: 8 hours
- Total Time: 8 hours 15 mins
- Yield: 6 1x
This set it and forget it crockpot ravioli tastes delicious! It’s also a child friendly meal so you’re whole family will enjoy it.
- 1 bag frozen cheese-filled ravioli
- 1 pound fully cooked ground turkey sausage (or beef)
- 1 jar marinara sauce
- 8oz shredded mozzarella cheese
- Toss frozen ravioli, sausage and marinara in a crockpot on low. After 8 hours, add shredded mozzarella and turn the crockpot up to high for about 30 minutes. Serve immediately or return heat to low.
- Feel free to add extra cheese options like cheddar and feta to layer the flavors!
- Serve with fresh basil leaves for an authentic Italian flare.
- This frozen ravioli crockpot meal keeps well in the fridge for one to three days.
- Use a cheese slicer to quickly slice the mozzarella cheese if you don’t have a cheese grater handy.
- Italians always dip a chunk of bread in their pasta sauce. So check out the best bread maker to bake your own fresh loaves to enjoy with your ravioli crockpot dinner!
Janice Bradsher says
This looks delicious! I haven’t had Ravioli in ages. We love spaghetti so this is pretty close to it. I’m sure we will enjoy it. I will try to remember to let you know how it turns out.
Yes, please do Janice! I’d love to hear.
Is the Is sausage cooked before it’s put in a crock pot.
Yes, Sandra. It is! Thank you