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Slow Cooker Easy Baked Ziti

Slow Cooker Easy Baked Ziti Recipe from A Kitchen Addiction

It seems like most of us could use a little help with making the process of getting dinner on the table a little easier. Even those of us who enjoy being in the kitchen don’t always have the time that’s needed to get a good meal on the table as often as we would like to.

Well I got a little help recently. It came in the form of America’s Test Kitchen’s new cookbook, Healthy Slow Cooker Revolution. 200 fresh (and healthy!) recipes. (You can get this same help. Enter the giveaway at the bottom of the post for your chance to win this cookbook!) They have everything from soups to meats to sides to desserts with nutrition information for each recipe.

Healthy Slow Cooker Revolution Cookbook

As soon as I glanced through the recipe index, I knew it was going to be hard to settle on one recipe to share. I was right. So, I asked my husband to look through it and give me 2 or 3 recipes that he wanted me to try. I stopped him at 10.

Even though I’m only sharing one with you, you can be certain that this cookbook will be getting lots of use in the future!

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So how did I settle on this slow cooker easy baked ziti? Well, I have always shied away from pasta slow cooker recipes. The pasta either turns out too dry or too soggy. Neither of which are good results! I figured a good way to test and see if this cookbook was any good would be to try a pasta recipe!

One of my favorite parts about this cookbook is that at the top of each recipe they have a section called “Why This Recipe Works.” The editors briefly explain the technique(s) used in the recipe along with why they used certain ingredients.

The information is very helpful and gives you a better understanding on how to get the most out of your slow cooker experience.

This particular recipe explains how to toast your pasta to get an end result of the perfect texture of pasta. And guess what? It works!

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Other than the quick prepping of the pasta (and chopping of herbs), this baked ziti takes no other prep work than just adding the ingredients to the slow cooker. Super easy.

Even though it doesn’t take much work, the flavors make you think a lot of work went into it. Hearty comfort food that requires little effort from me is always a bonus on a busy weeknight!

So go ahead, make your evenings little less hectic!

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Slow Cooker Easy Baked Ziti

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours 2 seconds
Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes 2 seconds


  • 8 ounces (2 1/2 cups) ziti
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin oil
  • 1 1/2 Cups boiling water
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh oregano or 1/2 teaspoon dried
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) whole-milk ricotta cheese
  • 3 ounces (3/4 cup) part-skim mozzarella, shredded
  • 1/2 Cup chopped fresh basil


  1. Line a 6 quart slow cooker with an aluminum foil collar and lightly spray with vegetable oil spray.
  2. Microwave ziti and oil in a bowl at 50% power, stirring occasionally, until some pasta pieces look toasted and blistered, about 3-5 minutes.
  3. Transfer hot pasta to prepared slow cooker and immediately stir in boiling water (pasta will sizzle). Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic, oregano, 1/2 tsp salt, and pepper flakes until evenly combined.
  4. Cover and cook until pasta is tender, 2-3 hours on high.
  5. Remove foil collar. Gently stir pasta, adding hot water as needed to loosen sauce consistency, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Drop spoonfuls of ricotta on top of casserole and sprinkle with mozzarella. Cover and cook on high until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.
  7. Sprinkle with basil and serve.
  8. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 329Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 520mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 1gSugar: 12gProtein: 25g

Nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online calculator and may not always be accurate. It should not be considered a substitute for a medical professional’s advice.

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Recipe courtesy of America’s Test Kitchen Healthy Slow Cooker Revolution.

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Victoria Tegg

Monday 3rd of June 2019

Hi, I’m planning on making this recipe this week! I’m just wondering wether I’m supposed to use the thick canned coconut milk or the thinner stuff from the carton? If someone could help me out I’d be really grateful, thank you!

Moses Brodin

Wednesday 24th of April 2019

Looks beautiful and delicious! I do some prep ahead meals but not that many. I think this is very worthwhile and nice to know you always have a meal on hand!

Mohit Kumar

Saturday 2nd of December 2017

Looks delicious!! Going to make this dish in the upcoming days!! Thanks for the recipe.

Sonia Chauhan

Monday 15th of May 2017

Ok, you have just made my day. I was just talking to my husband about wanting to make more things from scratch. This is awesome.

Thursday 27th of April 2017

I love slow cookers, but even more I LOVE Pressure Cookers! Probably because I have no patience what so ever lolll. Great recipe! ????

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