Slow Cooker Baked Ziti

Serves: 6

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!

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1 pound 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 28 oz can diced tomato
1 jar 650 ml pasta sauce (about 2 1/2 cups)
2 1/2 cups water or chicken broth
1 box 375g penne or ziti pasta (about 4 cups)
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese


In a large skillet, cook ground beef and onion until browned. Stir in garlic and salt and cook 1 minute.

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.

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.

Sprinkle with cheese and cover for 3-5 minutes until cheese is melted.


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