Five minute lifesaver lasagne

A delicious meal that’s faster to make than to eat!

Perhaps you are familiar, like me, with the frustration of spending an hour (or more) making a meal, only to have your family inhale it what feels like seconds? I love this recipe because it can be made almost as quickly – truly in just five minutes – as it gets eaten. You can use homemade or store-bought sauce; with or without meat. And here’s a tip: next time you make homemade sauce, especially a vegetarian one, add a handful of dry red lentils to the cook in with the mixture for protein boost – picky kids (or husbands) won’t even notice them.


  • 3 cups (375 mL) pasta sauce
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) water
  • 1 lb (454 g) package of fresh or frozen ravioli or tortellini – any flavour you like
  • 1 lb (454 g) container ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup (250 mL) grated mozzarella


  • Spread a thin layer of the pasta sauce in the bottom of an 8 x 8 baking dish.
  • Drizzle 2 tablespoons (30 mL) of water over the top (you’ll need the extra liquid to cook the ravioli)
  • Arrange some of the ravioli on top in a single layer.
  • Top with half the ricotta, followed by a layer of sauce and 2 more tablespoons of water.
  • Repeat the ravioli, ricotta, sauce and water layers.
  • Top with one more layer of ravioli, one more layer of sauce and water, then sprinkle mozzarella over top. Cover dish with a lid or foil.
  • Bake 30 mins at 375F, remove cover and bake 5 minutes more. If using frozen ravioli, increase initial cooking time by 5 minutes.

Serves 4.


Author: Paula Roy

Welcome to my kitchen! I love simple dishes prepared with passion and am always seeking to find new methods to make food as fun and flavourful as possible. If you enjoy this space be sure to check out my Rogers TV Ottawa cooking show, Paula Roy's Favourite Foods, available on local cable, streaming and a dedicated playlist on Rogers TV's YouTube channel.

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