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Slow Cooker Baked Ziti

(30 Votes)
Updated February 01, 2018
4 Hr 10 Min

Think you're too busy to make homemade Baked Ziti? Not if you make this easy and delicious slow cooker version shared with us by the Crockin' Girls when they paid a visit to our Test Kitchen!

This easy slow cooker baked ziti is perfect for enjoying on any busy weeknight. You even get to use uncooked pasta in this recipe, meaning that you can have your dinner bubbling away in no time at all! We love that this recipe is so simple, because it sometimes seems like the best pasta dishes can be a lot of trouble. But with slow cooker pasta bakes like this, you get to enjoy a delicious, hearty meal with very little work. Slow cooker ziti is ideal for busy families, or just anyone who loves a comforting meal that practically cooks itself.

What You'll Need:
  • 1 1/4 pounds Italian sausage
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (15-ounce) container ricotta cheese
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 (24-ounce) jars spaghetti sauce
  • 1 (16-ounce) box uncooked ziti pasta
  • 1/4 teaspoon chopped parsley
What To Do:
  1. Coat a 5-quart slow cooker with cooking spray.
  2. Rinse uncooked pasta, drain and set aside.
  3. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook sausage, onion, and garlic 6 to 8 minutes, or until browned; drain and set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine ricotta cheese, egg whites, 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese, 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, and oregano; mix well.
  5. In the slow cooker, layer 2 cups sauce, half the sausage mixture, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, half the ziti, and half the ricotta mixture; repeat layers. Top with remaining sauce and remaining mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle the remaining Parmesan cheese and parsley on top.
  6. Cover and cook on low 4 to 5 hours, or until pasta is tender.
  • Recipe Courtesy of: "The Crockin' Girls: Slow Cookin' Companion" cookbook.
  • Looking for an easy dessert to go with this delicoius slow cooker baked ziti? The Crockin' Girls slow cooker Triple Chocolate Mess is a sinfully delicious way to top off this tasty meal!


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I have never been able to find 26 ounce jars of spaghetti sauce even though recipes call for it.

Hi there! We've updated the recipe to reflect a 24 oz jar of sauce. Sorry for the confusion. We hope you enjoy the amazing flavors in this delicious recipe!

This is currently sitting in my crockpot that I forgot to turn on.... Can you cook it on high for a shorter amount of time?

Hi there! This ziti can be cooked on HIGH for 2 to 3 hours or until heated through. Enjoy!

Can I use ground beef in place of the Italian sausage?

Yes, you can certainly swap these two proteins. Enjoy!

Is it me or does the picture look completely different than what the Crockin' Girls made in the video? In addition, it looks as if ground beef was used as well as some cheddar cheese. I want mine to look like the picture! -)

Hi there! The photo may look a little different from the other photos on our site because it was provided to us by the Crockin' Girls. The photo shows what was made in the video and what is listed in the ingredients/instructions. :) Enjoy!

For some reason the sound isn't always coming through on these videos. One day it does on the site and the next time it doesn't. All the old ones with Mr. Food always come through with sound. Almost all the new ones do not. Is anyone else having this problem??

I brought this to a tricky tray. The table of 10 loved it! It was the best slow cooker recipe yet

My family absolutely LOVED this recipe. It is now added to my "Make Again" list of recipes.

We're so glad to hear they loved it! :)

I thought this was a great dish....

Bummer the video link no longer works but I think I can figure this out by the recipe and the comments. Cant wait to try this!

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We fixed the link and you can now watch the video. Enjoy!

An addition to my previous post. We used Sweet Italian sausage.

We enjoyed this recipe. I might have cooked it too long as it was a bit dry. we just added additional spaghetti sauce on top when we reheated leftovers. It made a lot. Will definitely make it again. Would be great for a pot luck.

we liked it. I will make this for a tailgate party so everyone can enjoy it.

where is the nutritional value of the recipes

This dite doesn't provide that. Most of us are smart enough to figure out by the ingredients if we can eat it as is or need to make adjustments with low fat or non fat ingredients. If you can't accept that do not come on this website. There are plenty of excellent recipe sites that give you all that information.

This site is starting to add that information to recipes. They realize people have busy lives and enjoy seeing the info right here for them to read. It's unfortunate that "Cook for One" chose to be condescending and snarky about your inquiry. I had a chuckle though when I saw that they had typed "site" as "dite". In words Cook for One might use, most of us are smart enough not to do that:)

I just made this tonight for the first time and it was AWESOME! I followed recipe exactly as I do when I make something for the first time although I did toss in some green & red peppers chopped that I had in the freezer and some red pepper flakes. It's a keeper and next time, might add some nushrooms and black olives.

Sounds like a nice and easy recipe for those busy days. I LOVE my crockpot and I will be making this one soon! Thanks!

Reading some of the comments below wouldn't the seasoning depend upon what type of spaghetti sauce one purchased?

made this for my fussy family. They all just loved it. Cooked perfectly when I was a little nervous of the uncooked pasta. And what flavor. I will make it again

This was an amazing dinner! I made it for company and we ate it almost in one setting! I did it in the regular oven and I lost track of time and the only thing I did differently was to cook the pasta al dente first. Will definitely be making this again!!

Very good and easy. Slow cooker makes for far less heat in summertime kitchen. I cut down on amount of mild Italian sausage and ziti by about one-third since was making this for three rather than six. One hint, rinse ziti immediately before putting in, i.e. don't let it sit in the drain for a while or it will stick together. Or coat with a little olive oil. I also added a little black pepper and Italian seasoning. Rather than two egg whites I used one whole egg.

Either too much pasta or too little sauce! Either way, not a success! Also needs a LOT of extra seasoning.....more oregano, parsley, maybe fennel. Would not make again.

Will feed 6-8 easy. Good, Steve did not like.

you rinse the dry uncooked pasta to remove some of the starch. it will fully cook into the sauce

I used my leftover spaghetti sauce as my base and just kept layering until I ran out. It filled the crockpot and fed 2 teenage boys and 4 other family members. It got a thumbs up from the teenagers who said it tasted just like lasagne! We will be using this recipe a lot! Btw was there a reason for rinsing the pasta? I did not and it turned out just fine. J

The recipe calls for 1 (16-ounce) box ziti pasta (uncooked, rinsed and drained) and that is correct. The pasta will cook in the slow cooker with the spaghetti sauce. Rinsing and draining the past first helps to remove some of the extra starch. It could not be easier! Enjoy!

Reply to "bnrudy"..You do not cook the ziti first. If you did it would be mush by the time you took it out of the slow cooker.

Why would you rinsed and drained uncooked pasta???? Thanks

1 (16-ounce) box ziti pasta (uncooked, rinsed and drained)????? Don't you mean cooked, rinsed and drained?

If it's not cooked why would you rinsed and drained the Pasta

"Cover and cook on low 4 to 5 hours, or until pasta is tender." Sounds uncooked to me. Also, watch the attached video. The "Crocken Girls" specify that it is Uncooked.

You do not precook the ziti

How can I order The Crockin Girls Slow Cookin Companion?

You can go to their website and order it or go to their facebook page. Here is the link to the website. I have it and LOVE it! I hope this helps. :)


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