Recipe Box, Last Minute Dinner

I try to keep pasta on hand for last minute, easy dinners

I love to throw it in a casserole with vegetables,

chicken, ham, sausage or bacon

The other night I thought it was just me for dinner,

it was a busy weeknight with sports practices for the boys,

but at the last minute HHjr asked

if I would make him something too

Hmmm…I only had one package of ravioli,

and knew it was plenty for me,

but he’s a big strong guy with a very healthy appetite

and I was worried it wasn’t enough…

I did have a package of gnocchi in the freezer,

and thought… why not!

I used Sweet Potato Gnocchi and Corn Ravioli from Trader Joe’s,

Yes, it is kind of a wacky combination~

but the vegetable flavors are very subtle

Any ravioli, tortellini and gnocchi would work

The combination of ravioli and gnocchi gives this baked pasta casserole

a new taste twist

Cook the ravioli and gnocchi per package directions

then build your casserole with a bottom layer of sauce

I used Rao’s Roasted Garlic Alfredo

Put the ravioli on top of the sauce layer in dish

and top with the gnocchi

Break off tough ends of asparagus,

rinse and wrap in a cloth or paper towel

Microwave on high for 2 minutes and unwrap immediately

to prevent further cooking

Cut into 1 inch pieces and place on top of gnocchi

Sprinkle with Parmesan

Cover with more sauce~

You can adjust the amount to taste, use a little or a lot!

Top with more Parmesan

Dish can be covered and refrigerated for baking later if desired

Bake at 350 degrees until hot and bubbling, 30-45 minutes

Time will depend on temperature of dish before baking

Serve it up

I decided not to put bacon in the dish before baking

Instead, add it on top after baking

so the bacon would remain crispy

Either way, with or without bacon, it’s delicious

Of course I opted for bacon 😋

An easy last minute meal!

Ravioli & Gnocchi Alfredo with Asparagus & Bacon

This dish is quick to put together with fresh or frozen ravioli and gnocchi, layered with asparagus, dressed with Alfredo sauce and topped with crispy bacon. Make it ahead of time and pop it in the oven later and you will have a wonderful dinner in no time!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 420


  • 8 oz fresh or frozen ravioli I used Trader Joe's corn ravioli
  • 14 oz gnocchi I used Trader Joe's sweet potato gnocchi
  • 1 jar 15 oz Alfredo sauce I used Rao's roasted garlic Alfredo
  • 1 bunch asparagus spears
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked
  • 3 oz grated Parmesan cheese


  • Prepare ravioli and gnocchi per package directions
  • Put a layer of Alfredo sauce into the bottom of a greased casserole dish, about 1/3 jar
  • Place drained ravioli on top of sauce and top with the gnocchi.
  • Break off tough ends of asparagus, rinse and wrap in a kitchen towel or paper towel. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Unwrap immediately to prevent further cooking. Cut into 1 inch pieces and place in casserole on top of gnocchi.
  • Cover with Parmesan cheese
  • Pour remaining sauce {or less to taste} over all and sprinkle with more Parmesan. Dish can be covered and refrigerated at this point for baking later if desired.
  • Bake at 350 degrees, uncovered, for 30-45 minutes until bubbling. Time will depend on temperature of dish when put in the oven
  • Garnish with crispy bacon pieces and serve


Adjust sauce amount to taste, use a little for a lighter dish or a lot for a rich dish
Keyword Baked Ravioli, do ahead casserole, easy casserole, easy dinner, gnocchi casserole, ravioli and gnocchi Alfredo bake, weeknight dinner

Here are other similar easy casseroles

Asparagus Alfredo Ravioli Bake

Summer Breeze Ravioli with Ham, Corn and Snow Peas

Gnocchi Florentine with Mushrooms and Pancetta

Sausage Ravioli with Butternut Squash and Spinach Cream

Rainbow Ravioli Bake

So next time you’re wondering “what’s for dinner,”

think ravioli and gnocchi!

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42 Responses to “Recipe Box, Last Minute Dinner”
  1. BERNADETTE says:

    Jenna, this looks delicious and thanks for all the quick and easy ravioli recipes.

  2. Anonymous says:

    If you opened a restaurant, everyone would. And bring friends. Make sure I’m invited!

  3. Jenna, your last minute dinner looks delicious. I really like Rao’s sauce, it is a cut above others in my opinion. Crispy bacon on top adds another layer of goodness. Happy Sunday!

  4. Anonymous says:

    I’m always looking for last minute dinner ideas Jenna and this sure is a good idea. I’ve usually got pasta in the freezer and sauces on hand. Of course I love the bacon topping idea, yum…….Thanks for the idea and recipe.

  5. Jenna, I’m always looking for last minuted easy recipes. I almost always have pasta in the freezer and sauces in the pantry so this will be added to my “go to” recipes. Thanks for the idea and recipe. Happy Sunday…..

  6. Your last minute dinner looks excellent! I need to buy some more bacon too 🙂

  7. What a fun and creative way to make a larger meal for a healthy appetite. Anything with bacon and melted cheese is a winner.

  8. Love it when we create a stunning recipe using what we have on hand, even if it sounds a bit quirky!

  9. Sounds like a hearty meal! I think I’d like to try some fancy ravioli:@)

  10. Jessica says:

    Love how you combined what you had. I probably would’ve been thinking I’d made 2 dishes. Great idea to make 1.

  11. Anonymous says:

    yummy Jenna. another recipe to add to my collection. I, too like to use up what I have on hand.
    Have a beautiful Sunday
    Kari @ Me and y Captain

  12. Oh, my kingdom for a Trader Joe’s!

  13. Anonymous says:

    These kinds of meals are what I come to you for, so easy. But….we don’t have TJ’s {sad face}, but surely some subs can be found. Thanks for the idea!

  14. You had me at pasta! WOW! That looks amazing. I made a traditional pasta dish for dinner today and got my pasta fix for sure. I love the many variations of using pasta and I am pinning this dish! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  15. Anonymous says:

    Such a creative combination! I bet it was delicious!

  16. Interesting how this meal all came together. It looks filling and delicious. I too always keep some pasta on hand for last minute dinners.

  17. Anonymous says:

    All of the meal ideas look delectable – thanks for the inspiration!

  18. Kim says:

    Jenna, you had me at alfredo sauce – my absolute favorite! I love pasta casseroles and it sounds delicious with the asparagus and the bacon. Pinning!

  19. kitty says:

    Yes, this sounds very easy and creative, Jenna!

  20. Anonymous says:

    I love your fearlessness and creativity in the kitchen Jenna! I so wish we had a Trader Joe’s that wasn’t an hour away. ♥

  21. Anonymous says:

    Hi Jenna, the above comment is from Mary @ Home is Where the Boat Is. My icon is there but when I got to comment for some reason my last two comments have published as anonymous. Not sure what that’s all about…

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