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Slow Cooked Baked Ziti

The Point
A slow cooker pasta is just comfort wrapped together. Who doesn't love a good home cooked meal that really wasn't too hard at all? Warning, this recipe isn't a fix it and forget it, there is a tad more prep than slow cookers typically require but trust me it's worth it!
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 4 hrs
CourseMain Course
CuisineItalian-American
Servings 6 people
Ingredients
 
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lb Italian meat ground
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 oz ziti noodles
  • 24 oz pasta sauce of your choosing
  • 8 oz ricotta cheese whole milk
  • 1 cup Mozzarella cheese shredded
Instructions
 
  • Line your slow cooker with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick spray to avoid a huge burnt mess.
  • In a large frying pan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Once hot, add your Italian sausage meat and crumble and brown for 6-8 minutes.
  • Add your chopped onion to the frying pan and cook for about 5 minutes or until they become translucent.
  • Add your garlic, oregano, salt and pepper to the skillet. Stir and heat until it becomes aromatic.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and add your ziti noodles. Stir and cook for about 4 minutes or until the edges of the noodles begin to turn translucent.
  • Remove from heat and add your pasta sauce.
  • Pour your pasta into the slow cooker and cook on low for 3-4 hours or until noodles are soft.
  • Once the noodles are ready, dollop the ricotta cheese and sprinkle Mozzarella on top. Recover and cook on low for 20 minutes or until cheese is all melted.
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Notes:

Make sure your pasta is cooked through and soft before you dig in! I trusted Tyler’s taste testing and had one or two tough crunchy noodles. Somehow he didn’t – lucky!

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