Super-Easy Crockpot Baked Ziti

This easy-to-make dish is perfect for busy weeknights. It’s made with simple ingredients, and the cheesy goodness of this dish will be sure to please even the pickiest eaters in your family. Best of all, there’s just one pot!

close up view of baked ziti being scooped donut of slow cooker

Easy Crockpot Baked Ziti

Just a few minutes of mixing and layering is all it takes for this cheesy, delicious baked ziti. A fuss-free dinner the whole family loves
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes
Serving Size 8

Equipment

  • Slow cooker

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound ziti pasta uncooked
  • 48 ounces marinara sauce store bought or homemade
  • 15 ounces diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella divided
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese

Instructions 

  • Layer the pasta, tomatoes, and cheese. To a 5 quart or larger slow cooker, add the uncooked pasta, marinara, diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, grated parmesan and 1 cup of mozzarella. Mix until everything is fully incorporated. Dot in the ricotta cheese and lighty mix it in. Sprinkle the remaining 1 cup of shredded mozzarella over the pasta mixture.
    uncooked pasta with sauce and parmesan mixed in.
  • Cook. Cook on HIGH for 2-3 hours or until the pasta is al dente or cooked to your liking. Check the pasta often; cooking times will vary by machine. Serve immediately and garnish with fresh parsley or basil if desired.
    finished dish with parsley on top.

Notes

Penne or rigatoni pasta can be used in place of the ziti
We do not add additional salt to this because of the saltiness of the parmesan and the marinara recipe we use.  If your marinara sauce is on the bland side, add 1/2 teaspoon salt at the beginning.
Calories: 452kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 1235mg | Potassium: 816mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1245IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 378mg | Iron: 3mg


ingredients in bowls lald out on counter.

Here’s what you’ll need to make this easy weeknight dinner:

  • ziti pasta, uncooked
  • marinara, store-bought or homemade
  • diced tomatoes
  • Italian seasoning
  • grated parmesan cheese
  • shredded mozzarella
  • ricotta cheese

slow cooker (5 quarts or larger)

🥫 Storage instructions

Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days in an airtight container. Reheat in the microwave.

slow cooker baked ziti being served.

🔍 FAQs


Will uncooked pasta get soft in the slow cooker?

It sure will! Just be sure to test it every so often because the time will vary based on your slow cooker.

Does slow cooker baked ziti freeze well?

I don’t like to freeze any cooked pasta, personally. This is so easy to make there’s no need to do so anyway.

Can I add meat?

Yes! You can add raw ground beef as long as it’s 85% to 90% lean. Just stir it well to break it up before cooking. You can also add cooked, crumbled ground beef or sausage on top of the sauced pasta in step one.

👩🏻‍🍳 Expert tips

If you don’t have an Italian seasoning blend, use a combination of oregano, thyme, and basil instead.

For more flavor, add 1 teaspoon of garlic powder and/or crushed red pepper

Penne or rigatoni pasta can be used in place of the ziti. 

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plate of finished ziti with fork.
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6 Comments

    1. hey kate! it will be tight and the problem i see is that the big crockpots are deeper too so i don’t know if the layers will be quite right. i’d multiply by 1.5 instead. 🙂 you can do that by changing the number of servings at the bottom of the recipe card.

  1. How many people will this serve? I’m thinking of making it for our “group” camping trip. There will be 8 hearty eaters. Thanks

  2. Hi Katie. I made this when my sister-in-law was in town recently. My husband has a very critical pallet and both of them gave this rave reviews! I added ground beef to the sauce as well just for some protein. Very tasty and easy to make. Thanks for all the great recipes. I work full time and it’s always a challenge to get healthy and tasty meals on the table. My son also has dietary restrictions so that makes things even more “fun” at dinner time. 😉 I look forward to trying the potato soup crockpot recipe next for my husband and me.