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Slow Cooker Sausage Baked Ziti

  • Author: Jamerrill Stewart
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes
  • Category: Crockpot Meals
  • Method: slow cooker
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

Need a yummy, hot meal that is sure to fill up your family? This slow cooker baked ziti is filling and easy to prepare!


Ingredients

  • 3 lbs cooked and drained ground beef (or ground sausage)
  • 1 onion chopped (or 1 Tbsp minced onion)
  • 2 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp dried basil
  • 1 Tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese, ricotta cheese, or cottage cheese
  • 30 ounces tomato sauce
  • 56 ounces diced tomatoes
  • 6 cups water or broth
  • 3 16 ounce boxes of dried ziti noodles
  • 4 cups shredded cheese

 


Instructions

  1. Precook meat with onions and garlic
  2. Drain
  3. Add meat, remaining spices, sauce, broth, ricotta cheese, and tomatoes to slow cooker
  4. Cook on low 7- 8 hours on on high for 3-4
  5. Final 30 minutes, make sure slow cooker is on high then add the dried ziti noodles and stir. 
  6. Put lid on and let noodles cook for 20-30 minutes. Check for doneness at 30 minute mark.
  7. Once done, cover with 4 cups cheese. Wait 2-3 minutes for it to melt.

Notes

You can use ground beef, ground sausage, ground turkey or whatever you have on hand.

Keywords: slow cooker baked ziti