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!
Course Main Course
Prep Time 15minutes
Cook Time 4hours
Total Time 4hours15minutes
Author Ashley Fehr
1lbground beef(or turkey or Italian sausage)
28ozcan diced tomatoes
650mljar pasta sauceabout 2 1/2 cups
2 1/2cupswater or chicken broth
375grambox Penne or Zitior other short pasta (about 4 cups)
1cupshredded mozzarella cheese
In a large skillet, cook ground beef and onion until browned. Stir in garlic and salt and cook 1 minute. (OPTIONAL: you can also add the raw onion and spices right into the slow cooker to save on time)
Add beef mixture, basil, parsley, tomatoes, pasta sauce and water to a 4qt (or larger) slow cooker. Stir.
Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 3 hours.
Turn slow cooker to high. Add pasta and stir until combined. Cover and continue cooking for 15-30 minutes (depending on how hot your slow cooker is) -- check and stir at the 15 minute mark.
Sprinkle with cheese and cover for 3-5 minutes until cheese is melted.