Slow Cooker Baked Ziti

I have found a new best friend — yes, my slow cooker. I love to cook, and right now I’m so busy that it’s hard for me to find time to stand at the stove. Sooooo, I’ve been on a slow cooking adventure. I found this recipe, and I’ve made it my own. Enjoy!!

Baked Ziti

Baked Ziti


Ricotta, 15 oz. –I use as low fat as possible

Shredded Mozarella, 1c — I use as low fat as possible

Grated Parmesan, 1c — I use as low fat as possible

Ziti Pasta, 1#–I use whole grain

Marinara Sauce, 2 25 oz. jars — Any brand is fine

Fresh Basil leaves — as much as you like for taste

Dry seasonings — Italian, oregano, onion powder, garlic powder


Mix all of the cheeses in a bowl. Rinse ziti in cold water and make sure to allow pasta to remain wet. Spray slow cooker with cooking spray. Put half of the pasta in the cooker, place half of the cheese mixture on top, then layer 1 jar of sauce over that. I then take a pinch of sugar to “cut” the bitterness of canned sauce. Next top with basil and dry seasoning, just enough to give some extra flavor. Repeat the layering. Add 2/3 c of water. You may need to add 1/4 more if using whole grain pasta. Cover and cook on high 2-3 hours. Pasta should be tender.

3 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Baked Ziti

  1. Shut the door. I’m in love with this recipe for several reasons:
    1) slow cooker. hello. awesome.
    2) pasta in a slow cooker. hello. brilliant.
    3) easy and quick. hello. shout out.
    4) all of the ingredients are things I have. baller.
    5) needed a recipe for dinner tonight. score.

    • Made it tonight… hubs LOVED it!

      I used penne cause that is what I had (kept it wet like you suggested), left the ricotta out cause I didn’t have any of that after all, and used Ana’s Herbs as my dry seasoning… no basil either; apparently my basil plant died while we were out of town… but it was delish and perfect and quick and easy and I didn’t have to babysit it at all.

      Oh and I just rubbed olive oil on the edges of my slow cooker instead of spraying and it worked brilliantly.

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