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Crock Pot “Baked” Ziti
I love this recipe. This one takes just a bit more work than my normal slow cooker recipe, but it is so worth it. You can have great Italian at home.
  • CourseMain dish
  • CuisineItalian
Servings Prep Time
4servings 20minutes
Cook Time
Servings Prep Time
4servings 20minutes
Cook Time
  • 1pound ground beef or Italian sausage
  • 1 onionsmall chopped
  • 2cloves garlic crushed
  • 1cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4cup Parmesan cheesegrated
  • 1 1/2tsp saltdivided
  • 1/2tsp dry parsley
  • 28oz crushed tomatoes
  • 1 1/2teaspoon basil
  • 1/2teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8teaspoon crushed red pepperoptional
  • 2cups dry ziti noodles
  • 2cups mozzarella cheeseshredded
  1. Start by place 1 pound of ground beef over medium high heat to brown. Then chop one small onion and crush two cloves of garlic and add while the meat is browning. Cook until no longer pink. About 9-10 minutes.
  2. Combine 1 cup (8oz) ricotta cheese with one egg white, 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, 1/2 t dry parsley, 1/2 t salt. Do not over mix.
  3. Mix 1 – 28 oz can crushed tomatoes, 1 1/2 t basil, one t salt, 1/2 t pepper. Mix. Now drain the meat of extra fat and combine to make the meat sauce.
  4. Give the slow cooker a good spray of PAM. Here I’m using a 3.5 qt. See Notes about crockpot sizes.
  5. Now you get to layer the dish. Put about 1 1/2 cups of meat sauce in first and spread to cover the bottom. Add 1 cup of uncooked ziti noodles or other pasta.
  6. Next, add half the ricotta mixture by placing spoonfuls on the pasta. Add 1/2 cup of shredded Mozzarella cheese on top of that.
  7. Now time to repeat. Add 1 1/2 cup meat sauce. Add 1 cup ziti noodles. Add the rest of the ricotta and 1/2 cup mozzarella. Top with the remainder of the sauce and 1 cup of mozzarella.
  8. Cook on low for 4-5 hours.
Recipe Notes

This is a cut-down recipe. I used my 3.5 qt crock pot, and this is “Cooking For Two” after all. This filled the pot about 75%, and that is really the most you should go so do not do in a smaller pot. This would be great to double and would fit in a 6.5 qt but would be marginal in a six qt.

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