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Slow Cooker Baked Ziti

Stevo

"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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Ingredients

6 h 55 m servings 405 cals
Original recipe yields 20 servings

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Directions

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  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.

Footnotes

  • Easy Cleanup
  • Try using a liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 405 calories; 15.4 g fat; 45.6 g carbohydrates; 21.5 g protein; 44 mg cholesterol; 1067 mg sodium. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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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 ever...

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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 someo...

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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 someo...

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 ever...

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...

Came out very good! I topped it with meatballs and just made a basic marinara sauce instead of the meat sauce.

Turned out okay but too much work.

I used whole wheat pasta. I felt it needed more liquid but my slow cooker was already filled to the max before I got all the ingredients into it. I'll probably try it again but with some changes.

I followed the recipe exactly and (unfortunately) the pasta reminded me of canned 'beef-a-roni'. I will say that the first night it was palatable and I'm not saying that the flavor was bad, the ...

I thought it was going to be a little dry so I added a cup of V-8 Juice to spice it up and keep it moist, and it was great

I did it lazy mans style with prepared sauce. I also did vegetarian- added mushrooms subtracted meat. I found cooking time is way too long. 4 hours on high and I got burnt noodles on sides. 3 ho...