Slow Cooker Cheesy Baked Ziti is the most flavorful way to make baked ziti, without ever turning on your oven!
I recommend using a crock pot liner when making this recipe, just to make cleanup easier but it’s not necessary.
You can use ground sausage, ground beef or a mixture of the two to change it up to your liking.
One thing I’m going to try next time is putting a layer of ricotta on the top to make it a ziti lasagna pasta.
This meal freezes perfectly! I love to freeze individual portions for lunch throughout the week.
Perfectly paired with crusty garlic bread and a salad!
Easy enough for a weeknight dinner for the family, yet fancy enough to serve to company!
This is one dinner that everyone is sure to love. Who doesn’t love beefy, cheesy pasta?!
Other wonderful additions you could add would be sauteed mushrooms, spicy sausage, even peppers!
EVERYONE THAT HAS TRIED IT RAVES ABOUT IT AND IT’S SENSATIONAL FLAVOR, IT’S PURE COMFORT FOOD AT IT’S BEST!
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Slow Cooker Cheesy Baked Ziti
- 1/2 brick (4 oz.) cream cheese, softened to room temperature
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1 pound of ground beef, cooked
- 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 sprigs basil, chopped
- 2 (24 oz.) jars marinara sauce
- 1 (16 oz.) jar tomato sauce
- 1 cup water
- 16 oz. ziti pasta, uncooked
- 1 1/2 cups shredded parmesan cheese
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- Using a hand mixer, mix together cream cheese, sour cream, ricotta cheese, garlic, and chopped basil in a medium bowl until well combined.
- Combine marinara sauce, tomato sauce, cooked ground beef and water in a separate bowl and stir.
- Add about 2 cups of the tomato sauce mixture to a slow cooker and top with 1/2 of the ziti pasta. Spread 1/2 of the cheese mixture over ziti and top with 1/2 of the parmesan cheese.
- Repeat with remaining ingredients, ending with tomato sauce.
- Cover and cook on HIGH for 2-3 hours.
- Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top and cook for another 15 minutes on HIGH, covered, to melt.