Ravioli Lasagna with Arugula

This is definitely not a traditional lasagna, but who cares when you can make such a good, fast approximation on a weeknight? Store-bought cheese ravioli are the ultimate hack because they let you skip all the layering and spreading. Just parboil them, tear up some fresh mozzarella, and open a jar of good marinara sauce. I saute the sauce quickly with some ground beef for a cheater Bolognese, but you can skip that step entirely for a veggie version.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 15 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
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Ingredients

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1 pound lean ground beef

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

3 cups good-quality marinara sauce, such as Rao's

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

3 1/4 pounds prepared cheese ravioli, thawed if frozen

2 cups packed chopped baby arugula, plus leaves for sprinkling

1 pound fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced 1/4 inch thick and torn into pieces

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat until shimmering. Add the beef and a generous pinch each of salt and black pepper and cook, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until just cooked through, about 7 minutes. Stir in the marinara sauce and red pepper flakes and cook, stirring occasionally, until bubbling, about 5 minutes. Season the sauce with salt and black pepper.
  3. Spread 1 cup of the sauce over the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch ceramic baking dish and arrange half the ravioli on top. Spread half the remaining sauce on the ravioli and sprinkle the arugula on top. Scatter half the mozzarella on the arugula and season with salt and black pepper. Layer the remaining ravioli, sauce, and cheese on top.
  4. Cover the lasagna tightly with aluminum foil and bake for about 30 minutes, until the filling is bubbling and the cheese has melted. Uncover the lasagna and bake for 15 minutes more, until the top is lightly browned. Let stand for 10 minutes, then sprinkle with arugula and serve.

Cook’s Note

Do It Ahead: The unbaked lasagna can be covered and refrigerated overnight. Bring it to room temperature and then bake it as directed in step 4.

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