Slow Cooker Beef Ziti Recipe


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Baked ziti is made even simpler in your slow cooker with this recipe.

Y’all know how much I love suppers that I can get on the table in a hurry during the week and my recipe for Slow Cooker Beef Ziti absolutely delivers! It only takes a few minutes to prepare the ingredients, pop them into your slow cooker and then let your slow cooker do all the work for you while you are busy doing other things.

Since we’re back in school, my slow cooker has been a huge relief to me so that I’m not even having to think about timing everything around lessons, rushing out the door for football practice and then having to come home and finish it off to be able to eat.

With this Slow Cooker Beef Ziti, I brown my ground beef and onion in the morning, throw it into my slow cooker with a large can of tomatoes, ziti noodles, garlic, and a little bit of water. I give it a quick stir and then just forget about it until we get home from football.

And that makes me happy as can be!

Here’s how I make it.

Here’s my Slow Cooker Beef Ziti recipe. I think you’ll love it.

Slow Cooker Beef Ziti Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Baked ziti is made even simpler in your slow cooker with this recipe.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 (25-ounce) jar marinara sauce
  • 1 (16-ounce) box ziti noodles
  • 1 (15-ounce) container Ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup Mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • sour cream, optional


  • Brown ground beef in a medium skillet.
  • Drain and add in onion, garlic, and oregano.
  • Cook until onion becomes tender, about 10 minutes.
  • Spray crock of slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Combine ground beef and marinara sauce.
  • Fill marinara sauce jar with water and stir into the ground beef and marinara sauce.
  • Spoon 1/2 of the beef and marinara sauce into the bottom of the slow cooker.
  • Pour in ziti noodles and stir.
  • Spread Ricotta cheese on top of mixture, sprinkle with 1/2 of Mozzarella cheese.
  • Spoon remainder of beef and marinara sauce over the cheeses and cook for about 5 hours on low heat.
  • Remove lid from slow cooker and add remaining Mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.
  • Return lid to slow cooker and allow cheese to melt for about 5 minutes.
  • Serve with a dollop of sour cream, optional.


Calories: 605kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 816mg | Potassium: 613mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 196IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 246mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

We serve this straight from the crock of the slow cooker with a salad or other vegetables.

Slow Cooker Beef Ziti also makes a great freezer meal. Just place in an airtight container, wrap tightly and place in your freezer. To reheat once frozen, just thaw in your refrigerator overnight and reheat in your oven or microwave.

Robyn xo

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  1. Rosie says:

    Do you have any idea if gluten free noodles would work in the crock pot? Thanks

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Hi Rosie,
      I’ve not tried this recipe with gluten-free noodles. Sorry.

  2. Diana C says:

    I need to try this. Thanks for sharing this.

    Diana C

  3. Dena says:

    My hubby won’t eat ricotta…..what would you suggest for a substitution or maybe one is not needed?

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      You could replace with cottage cheese or even marscapone or just simply omit from the recipe. If you omit, I’d increase the other cheese a little bit.

  4. Mary says:

    Another great recipe to go on the list. Love, love, love my crockpot!!!!!

  5. Eating Deliciously says:

    Love using my slow cooker to get dinner on the table during the weekdays. This recipe looks fantastic. Can’t wait to give it a try.

  6. Sasha @ The Procrastobaker says:

    Im about to go back to uni so recipes that are quick n easy like this truly are priceless, plus this looks like it is SO scrummy! Right up my street. Will definitely be giving this a shot πŸ™‚

  7. Lana @ Never Enough Thyme says:

    I love using my slow cooker! I’d so much rather fill it up and let it go than stand at the stove stirring and watching. This is a really great recipe for it, took. One I plan to try really soon!

  8. Ali says:

    wow that looks so delicious. pinning right now, thank you for the recipe! I am hosting a recipe party at my blog if you might be interested in submitting. I’d love to have you join in the fun πŸ™‚

  9. Amy | She Wears Many Hats says:

    We lurve baked ziti but I’ve never thought about cooking it in a crock pot! Cool idea.

  10. Courtney says:

    This looks so delicious, love all these easy recipes! πŸ™‚ I never though to put a dollop of sour cream – yum!