The creamy, sauce-y cheese ziti that you love, made in your slow cooker!

Cheesy slow cooker ziti in a crock pot with a spoon scooping some out of the pot.

I’ve got another one pot wonder for you guys today: Slow Cooker Three Cheese Ziti. Complete comfort food bliss!

Baked ziti has always been high on my list of favorite cheesy pastas. It’s usually my go-to if we’re ever eating at olive garden. It’s simple amazing, especially paired with their awesome breadsticks (here’s my homemade olive garden breadsticks, in case you want to make them yourself!).

A Slow Cooker with red sauce at the bottom and raw ziti noodles.

I have a one pan baked ziti recipe on my blog that I shared a little while ago. It’s one of my family’s favorites and it contains a yummy meat sauce. This slow cooker three cheese ziti recipe is a little different. First, it’s easier than the other (although both are made in just one pan, so you can’t go wrong!).

 

A Slow Cooker with sauce and ziti noodles topped with cheese.

This one has even more cheesy-ness going on than the other.  It’s reminds me of my favorite slow cooker lasagna recipe in the way that everything is layered in the crock pot. I love how the noodles are added, uncooked, straight from the box. You don’t have to cook or pre-prep anything before making this.

A Slow Cooker filled with Three Cheese Ziti pasta

This meal is a total winner in the “fix it and forget it” category and the end result is tender noodles sandwiched between layers of cheesy deliciousness.

A spoon lifting Three Cheese Ziti out of a crock pot.

 

Consider trying these popular slow cooker recipes:

Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Slow Cooker Ribs

Hawaiian BBQ Meatballs

Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

Chipotle Chicken Fajita Soup

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Recipe

The creamy, sauce-y cheese ziti that you love, made in your slow cooker! | tastesbetterfromscratch.com
Prep 10 mins
Cook 2 hrs
Total 2 hrs 10 mins
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Ingredients
  

  • 2 24 ounce jars marinara pasta sauce or two batches of homemade marinara
  • 16 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 16 ounces UNCOOKED ziti pastas (or penne)
  • 4 ounces cream cheese , softened
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese (or cottage cheese)
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves , chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions
 

  • Add cream cheese, sour cream and ricotta to a mixing bowl. Beat with electric mixers until smooth. Stir in garlic and basil.
  • In a large bowl, combine both jars of pasta sauce, tomato sauce and water.
  • Add 2 cups of sauce to the bottom of the slow cooker
  • Top with about ⅓ of the uncooked penne.
  • Dot on half of the ricotta mixture and use a spoon to gently spread it out evenly. Top with ¾ cup grated parmesan cheese.
  • Add another 2 cups of sauce. Top with ⅓ of the uncooked penne. Add remaining ricotta mixture and spread. Sprinkle on the remaining ¾ cup parmesan cheese.
  • Add the remaining uncooked penne. Top with the remaining sauce.
  • Cover and cook on HIGH for 2 - 2 ½ hours, or LOW for 3 ⅓ -4 hours or until pasta is tender.
  • During the last few minutes, sprinkle the mozzarella cheese to the top, and return the lid of the machine to allow it to melt. After mine melted I stuck it under the broiler of my oven for 2 minutes to make the cheese golden and bubbly, but you don’t have to!

Notes

Be sure the ziti noodles are covered by the sauce so they cook appropriately.
I use a 6 qt. slow cooker!  Anything that size or larger will work perfectly!

Nutrition

Calories: 478kcalCarbohydrates: 57gProtein: 23gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 1632mgPotassium: 961mgFiber: 5gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 1620IUVitamin C: 16.4mgCalcium: 378mgIron: 3.4mg

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Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Pasta (Three Cheese Ziti)
Amount per Serving
Calories
478
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
18
g
28
%
Saturated Fat
 
10
g
50
%
Cholesterol
 
54
mg
18
%
Sodium
 
1632
mg
68
%
Potassium
 
961
mg
27
%
Carbohydrates
 
57
g
19
%
Fiber
 
5
g
20
%
Sugar
 
12
g
13
%
Protein
 
23
g
46
%
Vitamin A
 
1620
IU
32
%
Vitamin C
 
16.4
mg
20
%
Calcium
 
378
mg
38
%
Iron
 
3.4
mg
19
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. 5 stars
    I made this for a group of 8 today. Everyone loved it. It was enough that some had seconds. Next time I make it I’m going to add veggie beef crumbles for even more protein (I’m a vegetarian). I made just a couple of changes by adding rosemary and thyme to the sauce so that it infused into pasta.

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