A decadent, melty-cheese, creamy version of the easy dinner classic, but ‘baked’ in the crockpot! Yep-
I’m talking Crockpot Baked Ziti. YUM.

Baked ziti is one of our family favorites; it’s comforting and not exactly light in calories.

But you know what makes it even EASIER? A crockpot!

That’s not even the best part. You know what is? You don’t even cook the noodles first; they just go straight in!

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Easy Crockpot ‘Baked’ Zit

I can't get over how easy it is to make this crockpot baked ziti- you don't even have to boil the noodles first! It's only like 5 ingredients, too. My kids gobbled it right up! So awesome.

Crockpot ‘Baked’ Ziti

  • Author: Ruthy Kirwan


Easy Crockpot ‘Baked’ Ziti This is a vegetarian version of the dish, but I also add crumbled sausage when we want to tup the protein. Brown 1 lb of sausage and mix with the marinara before using in the recipe.


  • 12 ounces ziti or penne noodles
  • 2 1/2 cups marinara sauce
  • 8 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 12 ounces shredded Italian blend cheese


  1. Line the bottom of the crockpot with aluminum foil.
  2. Place 1/3 of the dry noodles on the bottom of the pot, then cover and spread with 1/3 of the marinara.
  3. Dollop 1/3 of the ricotta cheese on top of the marinara, then sprinkle with 1/3 of the shredded cheese.
  4. Add the next layer using 1/3 of the ingredients, then top with the final 1/3, ending with the shredded cheese on top.
  5. Secure the lid and cook on low for 4 hours, or until the pasta has cooked all the way through and the cheese has melted.