Great comfort food. For a healthier dish use ground turkey, skim-milk mozzarella, low-fat or skim-milk ricotta, and whole wheat pasta.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
6 hrs 20 mins
additional:
10 mins
total:
6 hrs 55 mins
Servings:
20
Yield:
20 servings
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Ingredients

20
Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Stir ground beef, sausage, basil, oregano, pepper, and salt together in a bowl.

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  • Cook and stir beef mixture in a large skillet over medium-high heat until browned and crumbly, 7 to 10 minutes.

  • Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Saute onions and garlic in hot oil until slightly golden and tender, 10 to 12 minutes.

  • Stir beef mixture, onion mixture, tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, and red peppers together in a large bowl.

  • Stir 1 cup mozzarella cheese, ricotta cheese, and Parmesan cheese together in a separate bowl.

  • Spoon 1/3 of meat mixture into the slow cooker; top with 1/2 the ziti pasta. Drop 1/2 the cheese mixture by rounded tablespoons over the ziti; carefully spread cheese mixture over ziti using the back of the spoon. Repeat layering process 1 more time. Pour remaining meat sauce over the top and place the lid on the slow cooker.

  • Cook on Low for until ziti is tender, 6 to 7 hours (or cook on High for 3 to 5 hours).

  • Sprinkle remaining 1 cup mozzarella over the top of the baked ziti and let stand until melted, about 10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

405 calories; protein 21.5g 43% DV; carbohydrates 45.6g 15% DV; fat 15.4g 24% DV; cholesterol 44.3mg 15% DV; sodium 1066.7mg 43% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
01/11/2015
Made twice because I couldn't fit all of this in my Crock Pot at once! Both times they came out the same... Tasty with some crispy browned pasta (I like it that way but it might not be for everyone.) I used bulk chicken sausage and layered it in the Crock with meat on bottom pasta sauce cheese and topped with onions. Made a ton of food. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/11/2013
I used lean ground turkey and the recipe was good. However the noodles absorbed most of the sauce so they were pretty soft. I cooked it on low heat in my slow cooker for about 6 hours. If someone has any ideas on how to bake it so the noodles don't over cook and absorb all the sauce please let me know and I will definitely make this again. Also I paired it with the cheesy Italian bread from this site and it was awesome Read More
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  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 3 stars
12/11/2013
I used lean ground turkey and the recipe was good. However the noodles absorbed most of the sauce so they were pretty soft. I cooked it on low heat in my slow cooker for about 6 hours. If someone has any ideas on how to bake it so the noodles don't over cook and absorb all the sauce please let me know and I will definitely make this again. Also I paired it with the cheesy Italian bread from this site and it was awesome Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/11/2015
Made twice because I couldn't fit all of this in my Crock Pot at once! Both times they came out the same... Tasty with some crispy browned pasta (I like it that way but it might not be for everyone.) I used bulk chicken sausage and layered it in the Crock with meat on bottom pasta sauce cheese and topped with onions. Made a ton of food. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/20/2014
I've made it twice using ground turkey and Italian sausage in one and turkey sausages and ground beef in the other. The pasta definitely soaked up the spaghetti sauce but I just added a can of tomato sauce to my leftovers. The second time I made it for friends and everyone enjoyed it immensely. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/01/2016
Came out very good! I topped it with meatballs and just made a basic marinara sauce instead of the meat sauce. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/06/2015
Turned out okay but too much work. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/26/2017
I did it lazy mans style with prepared sauce. I also did vegetarian- added mushrooms subtracted meat. I found cooking time is way too long. 4 hours on high and I got burnt noodles on sides. 3 hours high maybe 5 low is plenty. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/29/2019
I made this exactly as the recipe says (except I didn t have sausage and used 2lbs antelope burger) but only had 4 hours to cook so I did it on high. It was a huge hit! The noodles were perfect that way- not soggy like I m reading a lot in the other reviews. Next time I plan to make sure I have the sausage but still use some kind of wild burger (that s all I cook with) either 3/4 or half the noodles and add another can of spaghetti sauce. This made a HUGE meal and we don t need quite so much with just 4 of us and no microwave for hubby to heat it at work. I will definitely be making this again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/16/2016
The prep took a while...but it is delicious!! I put an extra jar of sauce in so it wasn't so dry...glad I did!! Read More
Rating: 1 stars
10/21/2015
This was awful. Read More