Slow Cooker Baked Ziti

Mr. Food

Serves: 6

Cooking Time: 4 hr 10 min

Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 pounds Italian sausage
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (15-ounce) container ricotta cheese
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 (26-ounce) jars spaghetti sauce
  • 1 (16-ounce) box ziti pasta (uncooked, rinsed and drained)
  • 1/4 teaspoon chopped parsley
Instructions
  1. Coat a 5-quart slow cooker with cooking spray.

  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook sausage, onion, and garlic 6 to 8 minutes, or until browned; drain and set aside.

  3. In a medium bowl, combine ricotta cheese, egg whites, 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese, 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, and oregano; mix well.

  4. In the slow cooker, layer 2 cups sauce, half the sausage mixture, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, half the ziti, and half the ricotta mixture; repeat layers. Top with remaining sauce and remaining mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle the remaining Parmesan cheese and parsley on top.

  5. Cover and cook on low 4 to 5 hours, or until pasta is tender.

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