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**Slow Cooker Baked Ziti

Slow Cooker Baked Ziti

  • Cooking Time:

    8-9 hours on Low or 3-4 hours on High
  • Servings:

    10

Ingredients

2 lb. bulk Italian pork sausage or ground beef
2 large onions, chopped, 2 c.
2 c. sliced fresh mushrooms 6 oz.
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
28 oz. San Martzano diced tomatoes, canned undrained
2 - 28 oz. cans San Martzano tomato puree
6 oz. tomato paste
1 T. dried basil leaves
1 tsp. dried oregano leaves
1 T. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
8 oz. mozzarella cheese
1 box ziti or rigatoni pasta, 16 oz.


  1. Spray 5-quart slow cooker with cooking spray or use a crock pot liner.
  2. In 12-inch skillet, cook sausage, onions, mushrooms and garlic over medium heat about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sausage is no longer pink; drain.
  3. Stir in remaining ingredients, EXCEPT noodles and cheese.
  4. Place the uncooked pasta in a colander and run water over the pasta. This will add some moisture to help cook the noodles while in the slow cooker.
  5. Put a layer of sauce in the bottom of the slow cooker, layer the noodles, mozzarella cheese and repeat until all sause and noodles are gone.
  6. Cover. Cook on Low for 8 to 9 hours or on High for 3 to 4 hours.
  7. Top with the remaining mozzarella cheese and turn to High for 30 minutes until cheese is melted!

Optional: Sprinkel with Parmasan Cheese

Variation: Can alter recipe to eliminate the sausage to make this a vegetarian dish!

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Jenn Bare is a Mom, Chef & the Crock-Pot® Girl. She hosts a weekly “Mom Monday” segment on ABC-15 in Phoenix. Jenn is the founder of GetCrocked, the #1 resource for slow cooking with over 1.5 million online followers. She innovates recipes daily with her favorite tool in the kitchen, the Crock-Pot® slow cooker.

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Nicole

Just wondering how much pasta you use in this recipe and if you have to cook it prior or does it cook enough while in the crock pot?

Sonia
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Sonia

What size cans of San Marzano diced tomatoes an tomato puree do you use? Thanks!

Jen
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Jen

Ugh…totally disappointed. I have tried other pasta dishes in the past and I don’t think I will try another one…mushy pasta is not for me…I will try again I will just cook everything but the pasta then makes the pasta when it is time to actually eat…

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mark

I’ve cooked pasta for years. This turns pasta into mushy particles. Not bad tasting…would use something other than ziti if u only want mushy noodles . Perhaps acini di pepe or pastina. And the picture of the dish shows penne rigate not ziti.

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I agree. Thank a lot for doing such a good job. I’ll check to your site to find out more and recommend my friends about your site.

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