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Slow Cooker Baked Ziti

Preparation 15 mins 2017-08-22T00:15:00+00:00Prep Time
Cook Time 4 hours 2017-08-22T04:00:00+00:00Cook Time
Total Time

This Slow Cooker Baked Ziti is actually made completely in the crockpot -- even the pasta! It is so much easier than the traditional version but packs all of the same flavor!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef, turkey or Italian sausage
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 (28oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 650ml jar pasta sauce (about 2 1/2 cups)
  • 2 1/2 cups water or chicken broth
  • 1 375g box Penne or Ziti (or other short) pasta (about 4 cups)
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, cook ground beef and onion until browned. Stir in garlic and salt and cook 1 minute.
  2. Add beef mixture, basil, parsley, tomatoes, pasta sauce and water to a 4qt (or larger) slow cooker. Stir.
  3. Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 3 hours.
  4. Add pasta and stir until combined. Cover and continue cooking for 20-45 minutes (depending on how hot your slow cooker is) -- check and stir at the 20 minute mark.
  5. Sprinkle with cheese and cover for 3-5 minutes until cheese is melted.

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