Slow Cooker Baked Ziti Recipe -
Slow Cooker Baked Ziti Recipe
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Slow Cooker Baked Ziti

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"Great comfort food. For a healthier dish use ground turkey, skim-milk mozzarella, low-fat or skim-milk ricotta, and whole wheat pasta."

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Original recipe makes 20 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    25 mins
  • COOK

    6 hrs 20 mins

    6 hrs 55 mins


  1. Stir ground beef, sausage, basil, oregano, pepper, and salt together in a bowl.
  2. Cook and stir beef mixture in a large skillet over medium-high heat until browned and crumbly, 7 to 10 minutes.
  3. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Saute onions and garlic in hot oil until slightly golden and tender, 10 to 12 minutes.
  4. Stir beef mixture, onion mixture, tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, and red peppers together in a large bowl.
  5. Stir 1 cup mozzarella cheese, ricotta cheese, and Parmesan cheese together in a separate bowl.
  6. Spoon 1/3 of meat mixture into the slow cooker; top with 1/2 the ziti pasta. Drop 1/2 the cheese mixture by rounded tablespoons over the ziti; carefully spread cheese mixture over ziti using the back of the spoon. Repeat layering process 1 more time. Pour remaining meat sauce over the top and place the lid on the slow cooker.
  7. Cook on Low for until ziti is tender, 6 to 7 hours (or cook on High for 3 to 5 hours).
  8. Sprinkle remaining 1 cup mozzarella over the top of the baked ziti and let stand until melted, about 10 minutes.
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Dec 11, 2013

I used lean ground turkey and the recipe was good. However, the noodles absorbed most of the sauce so they were pretty soft. I cooked it on low heat in my slow cooker for about 6 hours. If someone has any ideas on how to bake it so the noodles don't over cook and absorb all the sauce, please let me know and I will definitely make this again. Also, I paired it with the cheesy Italian bread from this site and it was awesome

Feb 20, 2014

I've made it twice using ground turkey and Italian sausage in one and turkey sausages and ground beef in the other. The pasta definitely soaked up the spaghetti sauce, but I just added a can of tomato sauce to my leftovers. The second time I made it for friends and everyone enjoyed it immensely.


5 Ratings

Feb 28, 2015

Followed instructions exactly. Turned out okay but I have much better recipes that require a lot less work/time.

Feb 08, 2015

Good stuff! Made twice!

Jan 10, 2015

Made twice, because I couldn't fit all of this in my Crock Pot at once! Both times they came out the same... Tasty with some crispy browned pasta (I like it that way but it might not be for everyone.) I used bulk chicken sausage, and layered it in the Crock with meat on bottom, pasta, sauce, cheese, and topped with onions. Made a ton of food.


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  • Calories
  • 405 kcal
  • 20%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 45.6 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol
  • 44 mg
  • 15%
  • Fat
  • 15.4 g
  • 24%
  • Fiber
  • 4 g
  • 16%
  • Protein
  • 21.5 g
  • 43%
  • Sodium
  • 1067 mg
  • 43%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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