A slow cooker is a thing now. I never would have thought that I can make the best cheesy baked ziti even without turning the oven on! All the same delicious, without spending much time, money, or effort. This recipe will be my new go-to for a comforting dinner at home. Slow cooker cheesy baked ziti surprised me in many ways, and I think I’m going keep this. A mus-try and to die for! Creamy, sauce-y cheese baked ziti made in a slow cooker. Fix and forget, and simply amazing!
1/2 brick (4 oz.) cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1/4 cup sour cream
1 pound of ground beef, cooked
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 sprigs basil, chopped
2 (24 oz.) jars marinara sauce
1 (16 oz.) jar tomato sauce
1 cup of water
16 oz. ziti pasta, uncooked
1 1/2 cups shredded parmesan cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
HOW TO MAKE SLOW COOKER CHEESY BAKED ZITI
Step 1: Combine the sour cream, ricotta cheese, cream cheese, chopped basil, and garlic in a medium mixing bowl with a hand mixer until incorporated.
Step 2: Mix the tomato sauce, marinara sauce, water, and cooked ground beef in another mixing bowl until combined.
Step 3: In a slow cooker, place 2 cups tomato sauce. Top it with half of the ziti pasta and sprinkle over half of the cheese mixture. Evenly spread before adding in the parmesan cheese. Do the same layering for the remaining ingredients, ending in tomato sauce.
Step 4: Cook on high for about 2 to 3 hours, covered.
Step 5: Take the cover off and sprinkle the other half of the mozzarella cheese on top. Close and cook for 15 minutes more or until the cheese has melted.
Step 6: When ready, serve immediately. Enjoy!
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