Slow-Cooker Beef Ziti

Dana Guest


Baked ziti is made even simpler in your slow cooker with this recipe.

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10 Min
5 Hr
Slow Cooker Crock Pot


2 lb
ground beef(can use 1/2 ground sausage) or
2 lb
ground sausage (italian or breakfast)
2 clove
garlic, minced
1/2 tsp
oregano, dried
25 oz
marinara sauce
16 oz
ziti, uncooked
15 oz
ricotta cheese, low-fat or low-fat cottage cheese
1 Tbsp
parsley flakes, dried
2 c
mozzarella cheese, shredded (divided)
1 c
parmesan cheese, grated
sour cream, optional


1Brown ground beef in a medium skillet. Drain.
2Add garlic, and oregano. Cook until tender, about 5 - 10 minutes.
3Spray crock of slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray.
4Combine ground beef and marinara sauce.
5Fill marinara sauce jar with water and add stir into the ground beef and marinara sauce.
6Spoon ½ of the beef and marinara sauce into the bottom of the slow cooker.
7Pour in ziti noodles and stir.
8Mix parsly flakes with Ricotta cheese. Spread on top of mixture, sprinkle with ½ of Mozzarella cheese.
9Spoon remainder of beef and marinara sauce over the cheeses and cook for about 5 hours on low heat.
10Remove lid from slow cooker and add remaining Mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.
11Return lid to slow cooker and allow cheese to melt for about 5 minutes.
12Serve with a dollop of sour cream, optional.

About Slow-Cooker Beef Ziti

Course/Dish: Beef, Pasta
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Italian