Rating: 4.1 stars
29 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 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

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; carbohydrates 45.6g; fat 15.4g; cholesterol 44.3mg; sodium 1066.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (24)

Most helpful positive review

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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29 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 15
  • 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: 4 stars
05/08/2019
I can't give this recipe five stars as I had to modify it a bit. I halved the recipe which worked out great for a family of 4 and we still had leftovers. It fit just fine in my large oval-shaped slow cooker. The original version would not have fit in it! I halved the pasta, meat, sauce, but not the cheese. It turned out really nice. To ensure enough moisture, I put a bit of water in the sauce cans, about 1/4c of water, to get the last bit of sauce out. To cut down on dishes to clean. I cooked the meat in a large saucepan. Removed it. Then cooked the onion and garlic in the same pan. Then I added the meat and sauce to it and warmed it up a bit. I added additional garlic. basil, and oregano. I also added fresh sage and parsley. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/20/2018
Just made this recipe, left out the peppers because I am spice sensitive, and skipped carmelizing the onions and garlic due to lack of time before leaving the house. It still came out fabulous! I made it in a 7 qt hamilton beach slow cooker, and the recipe filled it up nicely, it took about 1 hour less to make than indicated cooking on low heat. We will definitely be making this recipe again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/26/2018
Tastes very good, but seriously makes a VAT of pasta! My family of 5 ate this for TWO nights, and there was still some left. 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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