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Crock Pot Baked Ziti
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Crock Pot Baked Ziti

You won't believe how easy it is to make this crock pot baked ziti with three cheeses. Tips to add meat or vegetables too. Great for entertaining!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 423kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ziti noodles uncooked
  • 15 ounce low-fat ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup Parmesan cheese divided
  • 1 ½ cup low-fat mozzarella cheese divided
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 48 ounces pasta sauce two 24 ounce jars
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh basil leaves 7-8 leaves sliced thin or ½ teaspoon dried basil

Instructions

  • Coat the inside of the crock pot with cooking spray. 
  • Rinse noodles in a colander and set aside.
  • Combine ricotta, egg, ½ cup Parmesan cheese, ½ cup mozzarella cheese, salt and pepper in a bowl and set aside.
  • Place half of the noodles (about 2½ cups) in the crock pot.
  • Pour 2 cups of pasta sauce over the noodles and use a spoon to make sure the noodles and pasta sauce are evenly layered in the bottom of the crock pot.
  • Layer half of the ricotta mixture in the crock pot by dropping small spoonfuls and then using the back of a spoon or fingers to create an even layer of cheese.
  • Repeat the noodle, pasta sauce and cheese layers.
  • Evenly pour the remaining pasta sauce (about 1 cup) over the top.
  • Cook on low heat for 4-6 hours.
  • Remove lid and sprinkle 1 cup of mozzarella cheese and ¼ cup of Parmesan cheese over the top. Replace lid and allow to sit for about 10 minutes or until cheese has melted.
  • Garnish with basil and serve from crock pot.

Notes

Add a layer of cooked ground beef, sausage or vegetables, such as mushroom and spinach after the sauce layer and before the cheese layer. Leftovers are freezer friendly!
 

Nutrition

Calories: 423kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 1395mg | Potassium: 789mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1170IU | Vitamin C: 11.9mg | Calcium: 458mg | Iron: 2.9mg