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Ravioli Cupcakes

These Ravioli Cupcakes are an easy, fun way to make a pasta dinner with your kids. Since lasagna and manicotti are well-liked recipes in our house, and since ravioli has been RecipeBoy Brooks’ favorite dinner ever for many years, we knew these ravioli cupcakes would most definitely be a big hit with all ages.

three ravioli cupcakes on a plate

It isn’t every day that you get to eat cupcakes for dinner, but now you do! They’re not truly cupcakes in the “dessert” sense of the word. But they’re ravioli that is layered in a muffin tin to create pasta cupcakes with beef and sauce and plenty of cheese.

This is a re-post of this recipe. RecipeBoy Brooks first made these cupcakes back in 2013 when he was just twelve years old. The photos have been re-shot, and there is still a photo of RecipeBoy making these cupcakes below the recipe at the end of this post.

ingredients displayed for making ravioli cupcakes

Ingredients needed:

  • marinara sauce
  • cheese ravioli
  • ground beef
  • grated mozzarella cheese
  • grated Parmesan cheese

four photos showing assembly of ravioli cupcakes

How to make Ravioli Cupcakes:

The complete, printable recipe is at the end of this post. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 12 cup muffin tin with nonstick spray.

Place a spoonful of the sauce in each muffin tin. Place 2 ravioli on top of the sauce in each tin. Then sprinkle a small spoonful of meat, then mozzarella cheese. Repeat with sauce, one ravioli, meat and cheese. Sprinkle the Parmesan on top.

ravioli cupcakes in a pan

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the ravioli cupcakes are bubbling around the edges. Scoop out and serve!

five ravioli cupcakes on a white platter

I would guess that two to three cupcakes is a good-sized serving for dinner. So one recipe of these ravioli cupcakes can feed 4 to 6 people. Add a side salad and a hunk of garlic bread, and you’re good to go.

ravioli cupcakes on a white platter

These ravioli cupcakes are magnificent. The recipe comes from a fun kids pasta cookbook that we have had for a long time: Noodlemania! These cupcakes are a little crusty at the edges of the ravioli, and that’s what makes them really different and delicious. We just love cupcakes for dinner… don’t you? 

Kid-friendly Dinner Recipes: 

ravioli cupcakes on a white platter

Ravioli Cupcakes

RecipeBoy.com (adapted from Noodlemania)
Cupcakes for dinner! Sort of 🙂
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 12 cupakes

Ingredients
  

  • cups marinara sauce
  • 36 regular sized cheese ravioli (uncooked)
  • ½ pound ground beef, cooked and drained
  • cups grated mozzarella cheese,
  • cup grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 12 cup muffin tin with nonstick spray.
  • Place a spoonful of the sauce in each muffin tin. Place 2 ravioli on top of the sauce in each tin. Then sprinkle a small spoonful of meat, then mozzarella cheese. Repeat with sauce, one ravioli, meat and cheese. Sprinkle the Parmesan on top.
  • Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the cupcakes are bubbling around the edges. Scoop out and serve!

Notes

  • *I use the refrigerated Buitoni brand of ravioli. If you use bigger ravioli, you may want to only use one in each layer.
Keyword pasta, ravioli

Ravioli Cupcakes Three

Recipe Rating




Christina

Wednesday 7th of September 2022

Can frozen ravioli's be used in this recipe?

RecipeGirl

Thursday 17th of November 2022

Yes!

Tracy Sherrill

Friday 28th of July 2017

Hi! I made these for dinner! They are great and actually stayed in cupcake form. I'm impressed! Thank you for sharing!

Linda

Wednesday 26th of June 2013

A very clever idea-they look amazing. I'm sure my 4 boys will love them

Metalhaid

Sunday 23rd of June 2013

Forgive me if I'm out of line, but it's the mom in me - You are just too cute! And I think cooking is a GREAT hobby for both young men and women. I am very impressed with this recipe and have also signed up to follow you on FB. Looking forward to great things from you, Mr. RecipeBoy!! I hope to see you as the youngest contestant for "Master Chef" someday!!

GlitzyGirlTX

Tuesday 18th of June 2013

Oh my goodness! I made this last night and it was AH-mazing! Yum yum yum! My fiance proudly exclaimed this is his new favorite!! Plus - I used Prego's new Bacon and Provolone Marinara - this is such a great recipe!!! Thanks for posting!!! xoxo