I don't know one family that doesn't have some crazy, hectic weeknights. This slow-cooker baked ziti recipe was a delicious, easy fix for a busy weeknight dinner for our family. —Christina Addison, Blanchester, Ohio
Slow-Cooker Baked Ziti Recipe photo by Taste of Home
In a small bowl, stir together ricotta cheese, egg, basil and if desired, red pepper flakes. Pour pasta sauce into a 5-qt. slow cooker. Evenly top sauce with pasta; pour water over top. Drop heaping tablespoons of ricotta cheese mixture over pasta. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
Cook, covered, on high until heated through and pasta is tender, 2 to 2-1/2 hours. Top with fresh basil and, if desired, Parmesan cheese and additional red pepper flakes; serve immediately.
Slow-Cooker Baked Ziti Tips
Can you put uncooked pasta in the slow-cooker?
Yes! This slow-cooker baked ziti recipe was developed with enough liquid to rehydrate the dry, uncooked pasta during the 2-1/2 hours it spends in the slow cooker. This way, no prep is necessary. Many of these other slow-cooker pasta recipes don’t require cooking the noodles ahead of time, either.
What other pasta shapes can you use in slow-cooker baked ziti?
Other short-cut pastas make a great substitute for ziti. Try rigatoni, penne, radiatore or casarecce, or check out our guide to pasta shapes for more ideas.
How do you store slow-cooker baked ziti?
Store slow-cooker baked ziti in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. But we’re sure you’ll eat up the leftovers before then—especially when served with garlic bread.