PREP TIME: 20 mins | COOK TIME: 2 hrs 30 mins | TOTAL TIME: 2 hrs 50 mins | YIELD: 10 servings
Making this baked ziti in a crock pot is a breeze and guarantees a hit! Here’s the finest penne pasta dish you can make in the slow cooker for dinner.
2 (25 oz.) jars of pasta sauce
15 ounces tomato sauce
15 ounces of ricotta cheese
1 lb UNCOOKED penne pasta
2 c. of freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
⅓ c. freshly chopped basil
How to make Crock Pot Baked Ziti
Step 1: In a bowl, place the ricotta, eggs, and basil. Mix well.
Step 2: Whisk both jars of the tomato sauce and pasta sauce in a large bowl.
Step 3: Set aside the Parmesan cheese after grating it.
Step 4: Ready a 6-quart slow cooker and grease the inside.
Step 5: To the bottom of the slow cooker, pour in 2 ⅓ c. of the pasta sauce. Add ⅓ of the uncooked penne. On top, dot half of the ricotta mixture and evenly spread.
Step 6: Sprinkle half of the Parmesan cheese on top.
Step 7: Pour in another 2 ⅓ cups of sauce mixture and top with the rest of the ⅓ of the uncooked penne.
Step 8: Next, place a dot of the rest of the ricotta on top and spread it out.
Step 9: On top, sprinkle the rest of the Parmesan cheese.
Step 10: Over the cheese, add the last ⅓ of the uncooked penne. Then, pour in the rest of the 2 ⅓ cups of sauce mixture.
Step 11: Close the lid and set it to cook for 2 to 3 hours on high or until the pasta is al dente.
Step 12: Add the mozzarella cheese on top during the last couple of minutes of cooking and let it melt.
Step 13: Serve the Baked Ziti right away by itself or topped with some red pepper flakes and enjoy with garlic bread.
YIELD: 10 SERVING SIZE: 1
Amount Per Serving: CALORIES: 278 TOTAL FAT: 13g SATURATED FAT: 7g TRANS FAT: 0g UNSATURATED FAT: 4g CHOLESTEROL: 73mg SODIUM: 803mg CARBOHYDRATES: 23g FIBER: 2g SUGAR: 3g PROTEIN: 18g