Mr. Food: Slow Cooker Baked Ziti

What You’ll Need

  • 1 (16-ounce) package ziti, uncooked
  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (15-ounce) container ricotta cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 (24-ounce) jars spaghetti sauce
  • Chopped fresh parsley for sprinkling

Slow Cooker Baked Ziti Directions:

  1. Coat a 5-quart or larger slow cooker with cooking spray. Rinse uncooked pasta, drain, and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook sausage, onion, and garlic 6 to 8 minutes or until browned; drain and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine ricotta cheese, eggs, 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, and oregano; mix well.
  4. In the slow cooker, layer 2 cups sauce on the bottom, top with half the sausage mixture, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, half the ziti, and half the ricotta mixture. Repeat layers one more time. Top with remaining sauce and remaining 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese on top.
  5. Cover and cook on low 4 to 5 hours, or until pasta is tender. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.

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