At first, baked ziti might look like a simple noodle dish that's been tossed with sauce, topped with cheese and baked in the oven. But the flavors go so far beyond that, with a rich cheese sauce running through all of that totally tubular pasta, tossed with herbs and onions that complement it all perfectly.
When making it in the oven, that "simple" dish can require a lot to pull it off, too. Typically the pasta needs to be cooked, the cheese sauce needs to be made, and then it all needs to be layered into a casserole dish. With this slow cooker version, however, everything comes together at the start, and then you get to walk away while all the ingredients cook and get to know each other. Just come back at dinnertime, for one of the best baked zitis you've ever eaten!
Pro tip: To make this dish even heartier, brown some ground beef or sausage beforehand and add it as a layer!
Note: All slow cookers are a little bit different in temperature and calibration. This recipe was tested in Cooktop Cove's Test Kitchen using this slow cooker, which is available for purchase here.
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