Crock Pot Baked Ziti

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Amanda Michelle

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@JUPITER1

Threw this together the other night for dinner. It was really good! Leftovers were even better :). It filled my 6 qt Crock Pot, so it makes a bunch!

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Layering the meat, noodles, and cheese in this Crock Pot baked ziti is a great idea because it enables all the ingredients to blend together. This recipe reminds us of a lasagna. It's super cheesy and filled with tomato flavor. You'll have lots of leftovers which is fine ... because this tastes even better the next day.

Note: If you want to bake this, we suggest layering everything in a casserole dish and baking at 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes. The Test Kitchen


Rating:

★★★★★ 1 vote

Comments:
Serves:
10 ish
Prep:
40 Min
Cook:
1 Hr 30 Min
Method:
Slow Cooker Crock Pot

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lb
    ground chuck
  • 1 jar(s)
    marinara sauce, 32 oz (I used mids garlic & onion)
  • 2 can(s)
    petite diced tomatoes, 14.5oz
  • 1/2 Tbsp
    crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 to 1.5 lb
    ziti pasta, or similar size (I used rigatoni)
  • 1
    tub of ricotta (I used cottage cheese because that's what I had); 15 oz
  • 1/2 c
    Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 4 c
    mozzarella cheese, shredded (1 big bag)
  • 1
    egg
  • ·
    salt and pepper

How to Make Crock Pot Baked Ziti

Step-by-Step

  1. In a large sauce pan, add ground beef breaking up as it browns until it's cooked through. Drain off excess grease.
  2. Add the jar of marinara sauce, cans of diced tomatoes, and red pepper flakes.
  3. Bring to a bubble and then turn to simmer. Cover and let simmer for 20-25 minutes while you cook pasta.
  4. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and return to pot (off burner).
  5. While pasta is cooking, add ricotta, Parmesan, 3/4 cup mozzarella, and egg to a medium mixing bowl and mix well.
  6. Salt and pepper to taste. I also added a bit of chopped parsley because I had some, totally optional.
  7. Add cheese mixture to pasta and toss to incorporate.
  8. Add a ladle full of meat sauce to pasta and cheese.
  9. Toss again.
  10. At this point, you can layer in Crock Pot, as I did to keep warm for company, or in a casserole to bake if short on time. For the Crock Pot method, put a small amount of meat sauce to the bottom of the Crock Pot.
  11. Then 1/3 noodle mixture.
  12. Then 1/3 meat sauce, 1/3 mozzarella and few shakes of Parmesan.
  13. Then repeat layers two more times ending with mozzarella and Parmesan.
  14. Cover and set to high for 1 1/2 to 2 hours until melted and bubbly.
  15. Enjoy with garlic bread and tossed salad.

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About Crock Pot Baked Ziti

Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Italian
Collection: Crock Pot Recipes
Other Tag: For Kids



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