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slow-cooker beef ziti

Recipe by
Dana Guest
St. Louis, MO

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

yield 8 serving(s)
prep time 10 Min
cook time 5 Hr
method Slow Cooker Crock Pot

Ingredients For slow-cooker beef ziti

  • 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

How To Make slow-cooker beef ziti

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

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