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Slow-Cooker Baked Ziti

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 2 hours

Makes

6 servings

I don't know one family that doesn't have some crazy, hectic weeknights. This slow-cooker baked ziti recipe was a delicious, easy fix for a busy weeknight dinner for our family. —Christina Addison, Blanchester, Ohio
Slow-Cooker Baked Ziti Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1 container (15 ounces) whole-milk ricotta cheese
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) meatless pasta sauce
  • 2 cups uncooked ziti
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh basil
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, optional

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, stir together ricotta cheese, egg, basil, and if desired, red pepper flakes; set aside. Pour pasta sauce into a 5-qt. slow cooker. Evenly top sauce with pasta; pour water over top. Drop heaping tablespoons of ricotta cheese mixture over pasta. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
  2. Cover; cook on high until heated through and pasta is tender, 2 to 2-1/2 hours. Top with fresh basil and if desired, Parmesan cheese and additional red pepper flakes; serve immediately.
Slow-Cooker Baked Ziti Tips

Can you put uncooked pasta in the slow-cooker?

Yes! This slow-cooker baked ziti recipe was developed with enough liquid to rehydrate the dry, uncooked pasta during the 2-1/2 hours it spends in the slow cooker. This way, no prep is necessary. Many of these other slow-cooker pasta recipes don’t require cooking the noodles ahead of time, either.

What other pasta shapes can you use in slow-cooker baked ziti?

Other short-cut pastas make a great substitute for ziti. Try rigatoni, penne, radiatore or casarecce, or check out our guide to pasta shapes for more ideas.

How do you store slow-cooker baked ziti?

Store slow-cooker baked ziti in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. But we’re sure you’ll eat up the leftovers before then—especially when served with garlic bread.

Lauren Pahmeier, Taste of Home Associate Editor

Nutrition Facts

1-1/2 cups: 379 calories, 17g fat (10g saturated fat), 89mg cholesterol, 886mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 3g fiber), 23g protein.

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