Slow Cooker Baked Ziti Recipe

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Last Updated on April 23, 2020 by Tracy

This slow cooker baked ziti is an easy dinner idea. Prepped in just 15 minutes, this ziti recipe slow cooks for 4 hours. Enjoy!

Easy Crock Pot Baked Ziti

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.

Best Crock Pot Baked Ziti

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.

Slow Cooker Baked Ziti

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.

Easy Slow Cooker Baked Ziti

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!

Best Slow Cooker Baked Ziti

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.

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The result?

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.

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Slow Cooker Baked Ziti

Dinner is easy when you make this slow cooker baked ziti. Plus, you will have leftovers for lunch!
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Comfort Food, Italian
Keyword: crock pot, easy recipes, ground beef recipes, pasta, slow cooker
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Servings: 8
Author: Tracy



  • 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
  • Enjoy!
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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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65 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Baked Ziti Recipe

  1. 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.

  2. I can’t wait to try the Thick and Hearty Mushroom sauce. I’ve got pasta boiling now and that sounds so good.


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  4. All the flavors sound great. I’m especially interested in trying their Homestyle Thick and Hearty Mushroom Sauce.

  5. I think I would like to try the thick and hearty with cheese. This recipe looks quite yummy.

  6. We typically buy the meat Ragu but this new Thick and Hearty sounds great. I can’t wait to try it.

  7. I can’t wait to try your recipe, thanks for sharing!!! 🙂 And I most want to try the

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. I’m really excited about the 4 cheese sauce. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway 🙂


  11. Thick and Hearty Mushroom sounds the best too me… too bad DH doesn’t like mushrooms! He’d prefer the garlic one.

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