Hands-on Time:
25 Mins
Total Time:
1 Hour
Makes 6 to 8 servings

"Make this dish once, and you'll have it down," says Marion McGahey, Assistant Food Editor. "Keep the ingredients on hand, and you'll be ready to assemble when the craving for Italian hits."

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 375°. Cook Italian sausage in a skillet over medium heat, stirring often, 10 minutes or until sausage crumbles and is no longer pink; drain well. Stir pasta sauce into sausage.

Step 2

Chop spinach, and toss with pesto in a bowl.

Step 3

Spoon one-third of sausage mixture (about 1/2 cup) into a lightly greased 11- x 7-inch baking dish. Top with half of spinach mixture. Arrange half of ravioli in a single layer over spinach mixture. Repeat layers once. Top with remaining sausage mixture.

Step 4

Bake at 375° for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with shredded cheese, and bake 5 to 8 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

Step 5

Note: We tested with Buitoni Pesto With Basil.

Step 6

Try This Twist!

Step 7

Shrimp-and-Ravioli Lasagna: Omit Italian sausage. Substitute 1 (15-oz.) jar Alfredo sauce for pasta sauce. Stir 1/4 cup vegetable broth* into Alfredo sauce. Proceed with recipe as directed, sprinkling 1 lb. peeled, coarsely chopped cooked shrimp over first layer of ravioli. Sprinkle with 1/8 tsp. paprika before serving. Hands-on time: 20 min., Total time: 55 min.

Step 8

*Chicken broth may be substituted.

Step 9

Note: We tested with Bertolli Alfredo Sauce with Aged Parmesan Cheese.

Ratings & Reviews

SillyCow's Review

May 27, 2014
I want to say upfront that I rarely make pasta dishes because my family is just not overly crazy about them as a rule. I had a craving and chose this recipe based on ingredients I had on hand (with a few minor substitutions*). I was incredibly pleased with this dish - and so was my husband and son! Hubby asked for seconds, and that pretty much says it all. I will be making this again. Delicious! *I added cottage cheese and mixed it with the spinach and pesto layer. I used corkscrew pasta and added an entire extra bottle of sauce on the top because it seemed necessary. I would try this again as a lasagna perhaps, but any shaped pasta will do.

betk26's Review

May 04, 2014
I tried this on a weekday/school night for a quick easy meal to make. It was a real hit with every member of my family. (especially my picky teen with food allergies)

Myrecipename's Review

January 19, 2012
Big crowd pleaser. I make this to bring to others house when they have been sick or had a baby. People love it

MissouriJanet's Review

December 30, 2010

Carol007's Review

January 19, 2010
This is fantastic! I always try new recipes on the weekend just in case I run into trouble. This one however was no problem to put together and will easily fit into a busy weeknight schedule. My family loved it and we all decided it was a keeper. I can't wait to try the shrimp and alfredo version.

ValerieinKS's Review

January 17, 2010
This was really tasty! I am always looking for simple weeknight dinners that are good, and I will keep this one in my rotation. One thing I changed was to use turkey Italian sausage and I cut the pesto back to a 1/3 of a cup, as I am watching my calories.

etrack4169's Review

January 13, 2010
Very easy and delicious dish! I am not a fan of lots of ricotta in regular lasagna, but this is a perfect amount of cheese. My 10 year-old daughter was able to help me a lot when preparing this, and she absolutely loved it! Can't wait to make it again!

TeruKassner's Review

January 11, 2010
Easy & tastes great! Made this twice last week, both times for company. Each time got rave reviews.