10 Frozen ravioli hacks that will save your weeknight dinners (VIDEO)

Apr 6, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. ET

Gone are the days when premade ravioli meant gloppy, for-kids-only, canned pasta in faux meat sauce. Nowadays you can get plenty of great frozen options that make meals a breeze. A few quick additions, and you're on your way to deliciously quick and easy ravioli dinners that will become part of your weekly rotation.

Sure, you could just boil some ravioli and throw a jar of sauce on them, but a little extra time will produce a meal that will make you look like a kitchen magician. Check out these three super-simple hacks. Spoiler alert: You can use frozen ravioli as croutons on your Caesar salad. Yes, please.

 

Those three very different shortcuts are a good start, but you'll want to add some more recipes to your arsenal too. Stock up on a warehouse-size bag of ravioli, and you'll always be ready to whip up a delicious dinner.

Fried ravioli with red pepper cream sauce recipe

fried ravioli

A quick bath in the deep fryer transforms frozen ravioli into a gourmet affair. The red pepper cream sauce is just the icing on the... ravioli?

Cheesy ravioli and Italian sausage casserole recipe

ravioli sausage skillet

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It's hard to resist a comforting skillet full of cheesy pasta, but the best part of this meal is that it's ready in about 20 minutes.

Pancetta, onion and tomato ravioli soup recipe

ravoili soup

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You can really throw whatever ingredients you have on hand into this quick ravioli soup, but pancetta, onions and tomato sound like a good plan.

Ravioli lasagna recipe

ravioli lasagna

Take full advantage of grocery store conveniences with this ravioli lasagna. Grab a jar of sauce, a package of frozen meatballs and a package of frozen ravioli, and you're well on your way to a hearty dinner.

Quick and easy cheese sauce recipe

cheese sauce ravioli

This recipe calls for homemade ravioli, but who has time for that? This decadent Swiss cheese sauce is the perfect topping for any ravioli, frozen included.

Cracker-crusted ravioli pops recipe

ravioli pops

The kids will love these crispy baked ravioli on lollipop sticks, and there are also three tasty dipping sauce options if you've got a little extra time.

Baked ravioli with meat sauce recipe

baked ravioli and meat sauce

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This baked ravioli with meat sauce takes a little longer, but most of it is inactive time. Personally, I think it's well worth the time. Just look at it.

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