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Slow Cooker Three Cheese Ziti

The creamy, sauce-y cheese ziti that you love, made in your slow cooker!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 8
Calories: 478kcal
Author: Lauren Allen


  • 2 24 ounce jars marinara pasta sauce
  • 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


  • 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 3/4 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 3/4 cup parmesan cheese.
  • Add the remaining uncooked penne. Top with the remaining sauce.
  • Cover and cook on HIGH for 2 - 2 1/2 hours, or LOW for 3 1/3 -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!


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!


Calories: 478kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 1632mg | Potassium: 961mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1620IU | Vitamin C: 16.4mg | Calcium: 378mg | Iron: 3.4mg