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This slow cooker baked ziti is an easy dinner idea. Prepped in just 15 minutes, this ziti recipe slow cooks for 4 hours. Enjoy!
Slow Cooker Baked Ziti
Baked Ziti is one of my family’s favorite meals. It’s one of those meals that always has everyone asking for seconds. Plus, it’s easy to make 😉 So how could I possibly make this family favorite meal any more delicious and easy to make? I made it with the new RAGÚ® Homestyle sauce.
Have you seen Ragu Homestyle Sauce in stores yet? I grabbed the Homestyle Thick and Hearty Roasted Garlic Sauce at Target last week for my ziti. The Homestyle sauce is Ragu’s thickest sauce and it has the boldest flavor yet.
Ragu peels, chops and simmers their ingredients and use a special blend of herbs (basil, fennel, oregano and black pepper) to layer and build the flavor. Plus, there are no artificial flavors, artificial colors or high fructose corn syrup.
Since I tried something new with my Baked Ziti this time around, I really wanted to make sure I used a sauce that was full of flavor and wouldn’t leave my family disappointed in the taste. I made my ziti in the crockpot!
I have never made pasta in the slow cooker before, but with busy weeknights, crock pots sure make my dinner time easier. So my fear was that since the noodles were going into the crockpot uncooked and it would be sitting for 3-4 hrs in there, that the flavor wouldn’t be as bold as if I just baked it for the 30 minutes. That’s why I grabbed for Ragu Homestyle Sauces. I needed that thick, deliciousness in the sauce. I needed to know that Ragu took the extra time to chop, peel and simmer all the ingredients that I didn’t have time too.
My Crockpot Baked Ziti was a hit with my family, one of our family favorite’s with a little twist to make mommy’s day a bit easier 🙂
Now, here is my Crock Pot Baked Ziti Recipe. Be sure to Print It and Pin It so that you can make it again and again.
Slow Cooker Baked Ziti
- 1½ lbs lean ground beef
- ¼ cup chopped onion
- 6 oz Italian blend shredded cheese
- 2 jars your favorite pasta sauce I used Ragu Homestyle Thick and Hearty Roasted Garlic Sauce
- 22 oz uncooked ziti noodles about 1 box and 6 oz.
- 30 oz part skim ricotta
- 1 egg
- Saute the onion in a large pan
- Add in the beef to the same pan, cook the beef thoroughly (drain if needed)
- Pour pasta sauce into the pan with the beef, stir well and reduce heat to low
- In a medium bowl mix the ricotta and egg
- Spoon enough of the sauce mixture on the bottom of the crockpot so that the bottom is easily covered
- Spread a layer of ricotta cheese over the sauce
- Sprinkle on a layer of the shredded cheese
- Add a layer of noodles
- Add a layer of sauce mixture over the pasta
- Repeat the layers until you have used all the ingredients *I had 2 layers of everything
- Be sure to save a bit of the shredded cheese for the top
- Place the cover on the crock pot and cook on high for 3.5 - 4 hours or until the pasta is cooked through
- Avoid removing the cover of the crock pot during the cooking time
I hope you enjoy this Easy Slow Cooker Baked Ziti as much as my family does!
What is one of your family’s favorite pasta recipes that you think RAGU Homestyle sauce would be a great addition in? Need some inspiration? Check out these recipes.
Looking for another delicious meal idea? Check out this Traditional Lasagna, it’s another one of my family’s favorite meals.
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Thank you to Ragu for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me pass on my family traditions.
65 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Baked Ziti Recipe”
Looks great! I love a good crock pot recipe- I don’t think I’ve ever made pasta in one before!
Love the idea of ziti in the slow cooker!!! I love the new homestyle line! Really tasty sauces!
Oh and I am looking forward to trying the 4 cheese one next!
Looks delicious and so easy!
I make baked ziti all the tie but have never tried it in a slow cooker! I will try it next time and make it with the roasted garlic sauce.
I want to try the Homestyle Thick & Hearty Roasted Garlic Sauce .
I can’t wait to try the Thick and Hearty Mushroom sauce. I’ve got pasta boiling now and that sounds so good.
I really want to try the four cheese one, the roasted garlic one was soooooo flavorful!
love to try the homestyle thick and hearty roasted garlic sauce.
I most would like to try the Homestyle Thick & Hearty Roasted Garlic Sauce.
I would try Homestyle Thicky & Hearty Four Cheese Sauce .
I would love to try the HOMESTYLE THICKY & HEARTY FOUR CHEESE SAUCE!
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Thick and hearty meat.
I want to try the Homestyle Thick & Hearty Four Cheese Sauce. Would be great over some penne.
I’m most excited for the thick and hearty meat because the kids won’t eat mushrooms. If it were just me, I’d get that one!
I wanna try the roastegac
Oh I am most excited to try the RAGÚ Homestyle Thick & Hearty Mushroom Sauce!
I’ve never made slow cooker pasta either, so I will absolutely have to give this a try. :]
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The Homestyle Roasted Garlic sounds good. YUM!
I’m most excited to try the RAGÚ Homestyle Thick & Hearty Four Cheese Sauce.
I would like to try the thick and hearty traditional sauce.
I would like to try the Homestyle Thick & Hearty Four Cheese Sauce
All the flavors sound great. I’m especially interested in trying their Homestyle Thick and Hearty Mushroom Sauce.
i really want to try the thick and hearty mushroom one i love mushrooms
Really nice recipe…
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I do enjoy more cheese in my recipes…
I want to try the Roasted Garlic Sauce
I think I would like to try the thick and hearty with cheese. This recipe looks quite yummy.
Would love to try the 4 Cheese
HOMESTYLE THICK & HEARTY MEAT SAUCE
I’m most excited about trying homestyle thick and hearty 4 cheese
I would like to try the Thick & Hearty Traditional.
Our family loves meat sauce
I’d love to try the homestyle Thick & Hearty Four Cheese Sauce. YUM :}
I want to try the Homestyle Thick and Hearty Roasted Garlic
I am most excited to try the Ragu Homestyle Thick and Hearty Meat Sauce.
We typically buy the meat Ragu but this new Thick and Hearty sounds great. I can’t wait to try it.
Thick and hearty traditional is the one I want to try the most.
I would love to try RAGÚ Homestyle Thick & Hearty Mushroom Sauce
I would like to try the RAGÚ Homestyle Thick & Hearty Four Cheese Sauce.
I can’t wait to try your recipe, thanks for sharing!!! 🙂 And I most want to try the
HOMESTYLE THICK & HEARTY FOUR CHEESE SAUCE!!!
I would love the Thick and Hearty Mushroom in my baked ziti! My email is [email protected]
I would really like to try the Homestyle Thick & Hearty Meat Sauce.
I have never thought to cook the pasta in the crock pot! GENIUS! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe, I can’t wait to try it. I must try all the flavors!
I would have to pick the roasted garlic, I love garlic!
Love to try the thick and hearty four cheese sauce.
The homestyle mushroom sauce sounds AMAZING!
I need this now lol! This and garlic bread with a small salad = heaven 😀
I am excited to try the thick and hearty four cheese sauce.
I want to try the homestyle thick and hearty meat sauce
Never seen those noodles here.I do a lot of different types of noodles in a roaster.It is a lot faster than the stove and tastes much better!
I’d like to try the Mushroom.
Thick N Hearty Roasted Garlic sounds great.
I am the most excited to try the Homestyle Thick and Hearty Roasted Garlic sauce!
The HOMESTYLE THICK & HEARTY FOUR CHEESE SAUCE
It looks so easy and delicious! Thanks for the recipe!
I would love to try the mushroom one!
I want to try the Thick and Hearty Roasted Garlic sauce.
thick and hearty mushroom is my favorite
This looks delicious! Dying to try the recipe 🙂
I’d like to try the thick & hearty 4 cheese!
Id like to try the meat sauce
I want to try the Roasted Garlic sauce.
I’m really excited about the 4 cheese sauce. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway 🙂
Thick and Hearty Mushroom sounds the best too me… too bad DH doesn’t like mushrooms! He’d prefer the garlic one.
Nice list! Thanks for that. Homemade can’t be beat. You control everything that goes in and create the greatest dishes.