Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Crockpot Baked Ziti

Last Wednesday we celebrated my MIL's birthday. We had them over for supper. I wanted to do something fairly easy to throw together. A pasta bake is always my go to. I had heard from a friend that she did a baked ziti in the crockpot and it turned out great, so I figured I would give it a try!

I searched pinterest for a recipe and found this one. I have adapted the recipe some based on our preferences.

I am nor every will I be a food blogger...so my pictures are nothing spectacular, but this recipe is the bomb!


* 1 Lb ground beef (chicken or turkey will do as well!)
* 2 jars marinara sauce (I used Rao's tomato basil, by far my favorite!)
* 1 box penne noodles (uncooked!)
* shredded mozzarella cheese
* shredded parmesan cheese
* 1 16 oz container ricotta cheese (not pictured)
* Italian seasoning


* Brown the beef 
* Spray your crockpot with Pam, or use one of those handy liners! (I actually remembered to use one this time, makes cleanup so easy) 
* One the beef is browned drain the fat and add one jar of sauce into the pan 
* In a separate bowl combine ricotta and italian seasoning 
* add some of the meat sauce to the bottom of your crockpot 
* next add 1/3 of the UNCOOKED noodles 
* top the noodles with 1/2 of the ricotta mixture
* sprinkle mozzarella on top of ricotta
* repeat these steps layering sauce, noodles, ricotta ending with the sauce on top. I added in about 1/2-3/4 of the second jar of sauce in with my layers of sauce. 
* Cook on low for 2- 3 hours ( I did about 2 1/2 hours) 
* 30 minutes prior to serving top with mozzarella and parmesan cheese. It will melt and get super gooey! 

Of course I forgot to take a picture of the final product until after we had eaten about half of it! It came our so good, the noodles were not soggy and a perfect consistency! 

This was super easy to throw together, I did it all during nap time. It makes a lot so will be perfect for a crowd or to have leftovers throughout the week. We served it with some french bread and I would usually do a salad but I forgot to get it at the grocery store. 

*Linking up with Beth and The Blended Blog


  1. Oh my goodness, that looks so yummy! There is just something about baked spaghetti that is just yummy!

  2. YUM!!! We LOVE baked pasta dishes so this is perfect. Plus I am really wanting to get some easy simple dinners in our routine. Thanks for the idea!

  3. Delish! I could get on board with a recipe not requiring cooked noodles!

  4. I love any type of pasta and this sounds so nice and easy! Especially since you don't even have to cook the noodles!

  5. My mom's ziti recipe is our go-to for an easy meal, but we've never tried it in the crockpot. it sounds so much easier that way!

  6. This looks so good and I love that you don't have to cook the pasta ahead!

  7. So easy and yummy! I will have to try this.

  8. Sounds amazing. I love Rao's sauce too!