Crock Pot Baked Ziti

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Crock Pot Baked Ziti is perfectly meaty and cheesy. This slow cooker Italian favorite is a real crowd pleaser.

Baked Ziti cooked in a crock pot.

 

Only takes 2 1/2 hours to cook on HIGH. There’s 3 kinds of cheese (mozzarella cheese, ricotta, and Parmesan cheese) and plenty of meat. Serve with a green salad with Creamy Italian Dressing and Pepperoncini Garlic Bread for a full on Italian comfort meal.

This recipe is so easy. No need to precook the pasta and jarred pasta sauce forms the base of an easy and tasty sauce.

HOW TO MAKE CROCK POT BAKED ZITI:

Brown the ground beef or sausage with the onion in a nonstick skillet, breaking the meat apart as it cooks. Add the garlic, seasonings, pasta sauce, and tomato sauce and set aside.

In a medium bowl, stir together the ricotta cheese, egg, basil, Parmesan cheese, and 1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese. This mixture is going to add so much creamy goodness!

Pour 1/3 of the sauce into the bottom of a greased 6-quart slow cooker. Scatter 1/3 of the uncooked ziti on top followed by 1/2 of the ricotta cheese mixture. Repeat with another layer of sauce, ziti, and all of the remaining ricotta mixture. Top with remaining ziti and sauce.

Baked Ziti in a slow cooker

 

Cover and cook on HIGH for 2 1/2 hours or on LOW for 4 to 6 hours. Be careful not to overcook or the ziti will taste soggy. Remove the lid and sprinkle the remaining mozzarella cheese on top. Cover just long enough to melt the cheese.

Leftovers will keep in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days.

Crock Pot Baked Ziti in a black slow cooker being scooped with a serving spoon.

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Baked Ziti cooked in a crock pot.

Crock Pot Baked Ziti

Course: Dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: crock pot, pasta
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 634kcal
Crock Pot Baked Ziti is perfectly meaty and cheesy. This slow cooker Italian favorite is a real crowd pleaser.
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Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef or ground sausage
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 minced garlic clove or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 (24-ounce) jars pasta sauce
  • 1 (15-ounce) jar tomato sauce
  • 1 (15-ounce) container ricotta cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 (16-ounce) box ziti

Instructions

  • Place a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add ground beef and onion. Break meat apart as is cooks. Cook until no longer pink and then add garlic, Italian seasoning, crushed red pepper flakes, salt, pasta sauce and tomato sauce. Remove from heat.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together ricotta cheese, egg, basil, Parmesan cheese, and 1 cup of mozzarella cheese.
  • Pour 1/3 of sauce into the bottom of a greased 6-quart slow cooker. Scatter 1/3 of the uncooked ziti on top.
  • Spoon 1/2 of the ricotta cheese mixture over the ziti.
  • Repeat another layer of sauce, ziti, and the remaining ricotta mixture.
  • Repeat with remaining ziti and then the remaining sauce.
    Cover and cook on HIGH for 2 1/2 hours.
  • Remove lid and sprinkle the remaining 2 cups of cheese on top. Cover with the lid just long enough to melt the cheese.
    Serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 634kcal

Close-up of Slow Cooker Baked Ziti

3 thoughts on “Crock Pot Baked Ziti

  1. I’m looking to make this recipe for 12 ppl, or maybe double it. I assume to do that, just follow all appropriate ratios for final cooked dish?

  2. Do you need to drain the grease from the hamburger meat before adding the sauce and other ingredients? Can’t wait to try it!!

    1. I literally just made this, delicious!!! I did not drain the grease. I used local beef so 90/10. Hope that’s helpful

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