Crock Pot Baked Ziti Recipe

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I remember the first time I tasted baked ziti. It was at a family gathering when I was a child, and I immediately fell in love with the combination of flavors. It quickly became one of my favorite dishes, and I was always eager to try new variations.

As I grew older and started cooking for myself, I found that making baked ziti was a time-consuming and labor-intensive process. That’s why I was thrilled when I discovered this crock pot baked ziti recipe. It takes all the best elements of traditional baked ziti and simplifies the cooking process, making it an easy weeknight meal that still brings all the warmth and comfort of the classic dish.

Crock Pot Baked Ziti Recipe

Baked ziti is a classic Italian dish that brings warmth and comfort to any table. It’s the perfect combination of pasta, cheese, and sauce that satisfies the soul. While traditionally baked in the oven, this recipe takes a new approach by utilizing a crock pot to simplify the cooking process. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the steps to create this delicious and easy crock pot baked ziti recipe.

Ingredients

  • Ricotta cheese
  • Eggs
  • Salt
  • Basil
  • Pepper
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Marinara sauce
  • Gluten-free penne pasta
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese

How To Make Crock Pot Baked Ziti

  1. Spray the entire slow cooker insert with non-stick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the ricotta cheese with two eggs, 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, basil, salt, and pepper.
  3. Cover the bottom of the slow cooker with a layer of marinara sauce.
  4. Layer the uncooked penne pasta on top of the sauce.
  5. Take 5 scoops of the ricotta mixture and drop them onto the pasta.
  6. Top the ricotta mixture with a layer of shredded mozzarella cheese.
  7. Repeat steps 3-6 two more times, ending with a layer of marinara sauce, shredded mozzarella cheese, and grated parmesan cheese.
  8. Cook on high for 2 1/2 hours.
  9. Serve with grated parmesan cheese on top.

Cook Notes

  • To make this recipe gluten-free, use gluten-free penne pasta.
  • You can use any brand of marinara sauce that you prefer, or even make your own from scratch.
  • If you prefer a spicier dish, add red pepper flakes to the ricotta mixture or the marinara sauce.

Best Thing About Crock Pot Baked Ziti

What I love most about this recipe is how customizable it is. You can adjust the level of spiciness by adding red pepper flakes, or switch up the type of pasta or sauce to create your own unique version. And of course, the convenience of using a crock pot means that you can set it and forget it, allowing you to focus on other tasks while your dinner cooks itself.

Crock Pot Baked Ziti Recipe

Baked ziti is a classic Italian dish that brings warmth and comfort to any table. It's the perfect combination of pasta, cheese, and sauce that satisfies the soul.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 35 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 55 minutes
Course CrockPot, Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8
Calories 586 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan plus more for topping
  • 32 oz ricotta
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 16 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 48 oz marina sauce 2 jars (24 oz jars)
  • 12 oz gluten free penne
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

  • Spray entire slow cooker insert with non-stick spray.
  • In large bowl, mix ricotta with two eggs, 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, basil, salt and pepper.
  • Cover bottom of slow cooker with sauce.
  • Layer pasta on top of sauce.
  • Take 5 scoops of the ricotta mixture drop onto sauce.
  • Top with a layer of mozzarella cheese.
  • Repeat steps 3-5 two more times.
  • End with layer of sauce, mozzarella and parmesan.
  • Cook on high for 2 1/2 hours.
  • Serve with grated parmesan cheese on top.

Notes

Cook Notes:
  • To make this recipe gluten-free, use gluten-free penne pasta.
  • You can use any brand of marinara sauce that you prefer, or even make your own from scratch.
  • If you prefer a spicier dish, add red pepper flakes to the ricotta mixture or the marinara sauce.
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Nutrition Details

Nutrient Amount
Calories 586kcal
Carbohydrates 45g
Protein 34g
Fat 31g
Saturated Fat 18g
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 152mg
Sodium 1722mg
Potassium 747mg
Fiber 3g
Sugar 8g
Vitamin A 1720IU
Vitamin C 12mg
Calcium 585mg
Iron 3mg

So next time you’re in the mood for some comfort food, give this crock pot baked ziti recipe a try. It’s the perfect way to enjoy all the flavors of traditional baked ziti with minimal effort and maximum deliciousness.

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