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Slow Cooker Baked Ziti * *

Easy Slow Cooker Baked Ziti

  • Cooking Time:

    4 hours on Low
  • Servings:

    8–10

Ingredients

1 lb. 93% lean ground beef
1 medi­um onion (chopped)
2 tsp. Ital­ian Sea­son­ing
1/2 tsp. salt
64 oz. of spaghet­ti sauce (any kind)
15 oz. ricot­ta cheese
2 c. shred­ded moz­zarel­la
1 egg
1 c. grat­ed parme­san cheese
16 oz. uncooked ziti noo­dles

I recent­ly had fam­i­ly in town and treat­ed them to this deli­cious Slow Cook­er Baked Ziti.

Grow­ing up, my mom always made lasagna for fam­i­ly gath­er­ings but over the years, I have grown to enjoy Baked Ziti more than Lasagna.  So I guess you could say I am build­ing upon my mom’s tra­di­tion and cre­at­ing my own.  🙂

What is your “go to” meal when you have com­pa­ny or a fam­i­ly gath­er­ing? Please share in the com­ments sec­tion below — I love to hear from you!

  1. Cook ground beef and onion in a large skil­let. Crum­ble the beef as you cook it — until it’s no longer pink.
  2. Mix in Ital­ian Sea­son­ing, Salt, and the sauce and set aside.
  3. In a sep­a­rate bowl, com­bine 1 cup of the moz­zarel­la cheese, all the ricot­ta and all of the parme­san cheese  with 1 egg. (the egg isn’t a must if you don’t have any — although it will make the cheese creamier/easier to spread)
  4. SPRAY your 6 quart slow cook­er with non-stick spray or use a slow cook­er lin­er  (trust me!)
  5. Lay­er ingre­di­ents:
    Lay­er 1: (Note:  Step 1 and 2 com­bined make the sauce mix) Pour in 2 & 1/2 cups of sauce mix and spread even­ly.
    Lay­er 2: Sprin­kle 2 cups of ziti noo­dles (uncooked) over the sauce mix.
    Lay­er 3: Add half of the cheese mix­ture — drop in balls then care­ful­ly spread over noo­dles.
  6. Crock Pot Baked Ziti - Cheese Layer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lay­er 4: Pour in 2 & 1/2 cups of sauce mix and spread even­ly.
Lay­er 5: Sprin­kle the rest of the ziti noo­dles over the sauce mix.
Lay­er 6: Add the oth­er half of the cheese mix­ture — Again, drop in balls then care­ful­ly spread over noo­dles.
Lay­er 7: Pour in the remain­ing sauce mix and be sure to cov­er all the ingre­di­ents.

    1. Crock Pot Baked Ziti - Sauce Topping

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cov­er & Crock on Low for 4 hours.

About 10 min­utes before serv­ing, sprin­kle with the remain­ing moz­zarel­la cheese.  Serve after the cheese is melt­ed.

* A tip on this recipe — The key is mak­ing sure you have enough sauce — if you are short, halve the recipe — with­out enough sauce this dish will be too dry!

Hap­py Crock­ing!

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XOXO.

Jenn

 

Crock Pot Baked Ziti - Nutrition

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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Paula Jo Carr
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Paula Jo Carr

9/13/12 Is there a way to print off your receipes indi­vid­u­al­ly (I do not see a ‘print’ icon to hit on to print up the receipe myself). Thanks for your help & your won­der­ful esite, Paula Jo Carr dpcarr@bellsouth.net

Lisa Bellm
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Lisa Bellm

I made this last night and it was great. I expect­ed the noo­dles to be a lit­tle sog­gy but they weren’t. Thanks crock pot girl!

Julia Hann
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Julia Hann

This looks so good. I want to try it this week. Just one ques­tion. Where does the meat go in the lay­er­ing? I don’t see it list­ed in any of the step.

Amy Wiz
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Amy Wiz

I’m think­ing about mak­ing this soon-have you tried this with­out the meat?

Jenny
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Jenny

Ok I have a ques­tion I have to crock pots one kin­da small has a high and low set­ting. The oth­er is much big­ger and has high, high med, med low, and low. It also has 4hrs,6hrs,8hrs, and 10 hrs. So if I put it on low will it cook in 4hrs.???
Thanks

Julie
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Julie

This recipe looks great! But, a gal­lon of toma­to sauce? Is that a mis­print?

Donna
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Donna

64 ounces is half a gal­lon, not a full one.

Jennifer Speer.
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Hi Jen- I found my crock­pot book­mark! Great site. I too, like and cook in the Hamil­ton Beach. 2 ques­tions — I am mak­ing this for a group of 12 women tomor­row. If I am offer­ing oth­er food (sal­ad, pro­sciut­to aspara­gus, char­cu­terie…) do you feel this recipe is enough? And can I sub­sti­tute Mafal­da instead of ziti? The boil time is 8 min­utes. Thanks!

Tim Piazza
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Tim Piazza

Hi Jenn, I love your web­site! Quick ques­tion about this recipe, if I crock it on low for 8 to 9 hours will it be OK? I like to use my crock pot while I am at work, but I usu­al­ly ride my bike to work and won’t be home for about 8 and half hours. Should I save this for a day I’m off? Thanks for your help, have a great day!

estie
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estie

thank you! i will try this but with­out meat, as we keep kosher so we don’t mix meat and dairy. how long should i cook it if it’s with­out meat?

Kristin
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Kristin

This looks deli­cious! Thanks for shar­ing:) I am prepar­ing this tonight for a group of teach­ers tomor­row. Could I pre­pare and put in refrig­er­a­tor and then plug in tomor­row morn­ing or must I pre­pare in the morn­ing? THANKS!!!!

Martha
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Martha

Can you dou­ble this in one crock pot or do you need two crock pots? Any change to lay­er­ing if you dou­ble it in one crock pot?
Thanks.

Mallory
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Mallory

Can you cook on HIGH for 2 hours?

Kristie Mirano
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Kristie Mirano

This is a real­ly good recipe which I made yes­ter­day. I had to fudge on it a bit. I cut the recipe in half because it’s just my hub­by and me and I didn’t want a lot of left­overs. I thought my spaghet­ti sauce was in a 32 oz. jar, but it was only 24 oz. I didn’t have any­more sauce so I scrounged through the fridge and found V-8 veg­etable juice, so I added 8 oz. of that. I also added about 2 TBSP of fresh minced gar­lic because I love gar­lic and it’s good for you. I had… Read more »

Danielle
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Danielle

Hi! Looks del­ish! I would real­ly like to make this for tonight. Since mine would only be for 2 peo­ple, would you rec­om­mend just sim­ply halv­ing the recipe? Also, would I alter the cook­ing time? I’m the worst cook ever so I always need to ask ques­tions…

lisa
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lisa

hi! im lov­ing your site btw. but my ques­tion is have you ever used ground turkey or ground chick­en in place of the ground meat? and if not which would you think tastes bet­ter? tx!

Morgen
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Morgen

Can this be done with moz­zarel­la instead of ricot­ta? Not fans of ricot­ta in this house.

Donna
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Donna

You can try cot­tage cheese in place of ricot­ta. Small curd cot­tage cheese has a sim­i­lar con­sis­ten­cy to ricot­ta but with a dif­fer­ent fla­vor.

Erica Sweetman
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Erica Sweetman

This has become one of my family’s favorite recipes! I add a lit­tle gar­lic and basil to the ricot­ta mix but oth­er than that I wouldn’t change a thing! Comes out so nice and creamy!

Giovanna
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Giovanna

Would lasagna noo­dles work the same for this recipe to make Lasan­ga Crock­pot ?? ☺

Deb Dewey
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Deb Dewey

i pur­chased you ebook on tues­day but when i tried to down­load it to my tablet i got an error say­ing i had exceed­ed my lim­it. I do not under­stand, should i have print­ed it instead of optry­ing to down­load again

Nikki Dunlap
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Nikki Dunlap

Look­ing to try this for the first time. I was curi­ous if any­one tried this with­out meat? Would I have to have a sub­sti­tute for the meat or can I just leave it out?

Donna
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Donna

Your recipes could use a “pin it” but­ton for Pin­ter­est. I see how to fol­low you there, but it’s not the same as hav­ing the but­ton to click for easy pin­ning.

jennifer E
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jennifer E

Can you freeze any left­overs?

Nancy
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Nancy

I am look­ing for a way to incor­po­rate whole wheat pas­ta in a way that tastes good. Any­one try with this? I’m try­ing to be more health con­scious but can’t seem to get over the taste of WW noo­dles vs. reg­u­lar. Thanks.

colleen
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colleen

I’m try­ing this recipe for the first time. I acci­den­tal­ly only put 1 1/2 cup of sauce at bot­tom and it was to late by the time I real­ized it. It should still be fine right?

Judy
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This was absolute­ly FANTASTIC! The whole fam­i­ly loved it. I added some left­over sweet ital­ian sausage to the sauce which added some more fla­vor. Been pass­ing this one on to all my fam­i­ly and friends. Thank you!

Paula
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Paula

I use this recipe exact recipe (omit egg) when I bake lasagna. The lay­er­ing is also the same, and uncooked lasagna noo­dles. Very easy to make too! I will try your recipe today with the crock pot. I’m think­ing per­haps adding well drained spinach for added nutri­tion­al val­ue. What do you think? Thanks for shar­ing!! 😉

Celia
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Celia

Hi! This sounds great. I was won­der­ing what size Crock­pot you use? I cant wait to try it!
Celia

Annette
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Annette

Hel­lo, this fits per­fect­ly in my Hamil­ton Beach Stay or Go Crock­pot. I bought 2 45oz jars of sauce and used 1 & 1/2 jars in the recipe. The remain­ing sauce was con­sumed fresh­en­ing up the left­overs.
PS, I also added a lit­tle Ital­ian style chick­en sausage cut into coins.
PPS, I didn’t divide the cheese mix­ture very well. Used too much on the first lay­er and didn’t have quite enough for the 2nd lay­er. Not to wor­ry, I had bought extra shred­ded moz­zarel­la and round­ed off the 2nd lay­er with that. Luck­i­ly, Ital­ian cook­ing is very for­giv­ing! Love this recipe! Thanks!

dawn
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dawn

Ok. This was delish.…but.…don’t try and put this on high to get done faster…just an fyi…
This will be great with bell pep­pers yel­low and red.…yum!!!!

McCauley
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McCauley

This was PERFECTION! So freakin good and that is say­ing a lot as I am not a pas­ta lover! Great stuff-thanks so much:)

Dana Williams
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I bought the app for my iPad but can’t scroll thru receipts so I have to come to the web­sit can you fix it so I can use the app?

Deb
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Deb

Can this be made with whole wheat noo­dles?

Wendie Love
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Wendie Love

Look­ing for­ward to try­ing this recipe tonight! Also, I bought your e-cook­book and keep get­ting an error mes­sage on my tablet about exceed­ing my lim­it. Not sure what’s going on. Can you help? Thanks for all the great recipes on your web­site. Look­ing for­ward to the cook­book!

Wendie Love
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Wendie Love

It shows there is plen­ty of room left. Could you please send it to me via email? Thanks a bunch!

Rashell Fong
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Rashell Fong

Can I ommit the Ricotta..my fam­i­ly does not care for it..any sug­ges­tions?? Per­haps do more moz­erel­la?

Rhonda
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Rhonda

I want to make this recipe for a par­ty for about
30 peo­ple, there will be oth­er for and a white
pas­ta dish how much should I make? I have a
6 quart new crock pot that has the 4–10 hours,
and hi and low, but the only thing is that
for the low set­ting it only works for 8–10 hours,
4–6 is high set­ting. Don’t know what set­ting
to use. My oth­er crock pot is a lot old­er with
just a hi- low set­ting it’s prob­a­bly a 3 quart.
Should I use both? Thanks!

Teresa
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Teresa

Can I make this recipe ahead and refrig­er­ate, even though the pas­ta is not pre-cooked?

Ree
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Ree

My fam­i­ly loved it! It was even bet­ter the next day. This will def­i­nite­ly be one of my “go to” recipes.

Laura
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Laura

It was good, but just FYI, it makes A LOT. We only have 3 in our house so I froze some of it.

Alison
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Alison

This is one of my family’s all-time favorite recipes! I make it with Morn­ingstar Grillers veg­gie crum­bles instead of meat and don’t both­er cook­ing it before mix­ing it in with the sauce. I also use two jars of sauce instead of 3, and don’t put cheese on top. It always is excep­tion­al and great for work/school lunch­es the next day!

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Marianna
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Marianna

I have made this before & loved it! My ques­tion is this…Can you put every­thing togeth­er the night before & place in the fridge for next day crock­ing? I am hav­ing a large group over to my house after my son’s bap­tism. I was hop­ing to pull it out of the fridge, place in crock for 4 hours and then have it be ready after church. Is this pos­si­ble?

melissa
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melissa

Run­ning late, don’t have time to go through com­ments, sor­ry if some­one already asked— if I don’t want meat do I have to do any­thing dif­fer­ent? cook time?

kim
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kim

Hel­lo-Can I dou­ble this recipe for one 6/7 quart crock pot?

Stacy
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Stacy

Will this work with gluten free pas­ta?

Vickie
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Can you do all prepa­ra­tion and mix­ing the day before and leave uncooked in refrig­er­a­tor overnight and cook in Crock-Pot next day?

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