Rating: 4 stars
28 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 15
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1

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

Recipe Summary

cook:
6 hrs 20 mins
additional:
10 mins
total:
6 hrs 55 mins
prep:
25 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; carbohydrates 45.6g; fat 15.4g; cholesterol 44.3mg; sodium 1066.7mg. Full Nutrition
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