No-Boil Crockpot Baked Ziti Recipe

crockpot baked ziti

Baked ziti is one of Mario’s favorite foods and I make it quite often, but I thought it was about time to try to make it in the Crockpot instead. I looked for Crockpot Baked Ziti Recipe recipes online, but many of them called for boiling the noodles before adding them to the slowcooker. I did NOT want to fool around with a whole extra step, so I just modified my own no-boil baked ziti recipe. The only “extra” step is to stick the finished product under the broiler at the end to brown the cheese on top.

Crockpot Baked Ziti Recipe

2 jars of pasta sauce
1 jar water (see below)
15 oz container of ricotta cheese
1 egg, beaten
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
3 cups shredded mozzarella
16 oz box of ziti

Optional:  italian seasoning, oregano, garlic powder, red pepper flakes

In the Crockpot, mix the pasta sauce, one jar of water*, ricotta, egg, parmesan and 2 cups of the mozzarella.  Then stir in the uncooked ziti.  If you like some more “zip” to your sauce, toss in a few of your favorite seasonings as suggested above.  Cook on low 4-5 hours.  Sprinkle remaining cheese on top.  Place under broiler just until bubbling and starting to brown.

*I like to fill one of the empty sauce jars with water, shake it well to get the “extra bits”, pour that water into the second jar and shake that one too, then add the water to the crockpot.  No wasted sauce that way!

Baked Ziti Crockpot


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  1. I love it! I always wondered it you could make a pasta dish without boiling the pasta first. I want to make this – I’m so excited!

  2. I have a question. In your directions you mention water, however it’s not listed in the ingredients. How much water? Thank you!

  3. sounds easy and looks yummy:)

  4. judy gardner says:

    i have never made baked ziti but this recipe sounds yummy and easy! thanks for sharing!

  5. Sherri Lewis says:

    This looks good…. I will have to try it. I love meals where you just throw everything into the crockpot and you don’t have to touch it again until it is time to eat…..

  6. Making this today. Ready to try it

  7. could i add browned hamburger to this also? and if so, should i add that at the beginning?

  8. What kind of pasta sauce?

  9. What size crockpot did you use? I would like to double this recipe and am wondering if it would fit in my crockpot doubled. I think I have a 5 or 6 qt. Thanks!

  10. Terry Law says:

    I have a 24 oz. jar of pasta sauce. Do I need 2 of them or will the one do?

    • You need two to make the recipe correctly. If you only have one jar you can decrease the rest of the ingredients by half and also reduce the cooking time.

  11. Terry Law says:

    Do i need 2 24 ounce jars or will 1 work?

  12. Terry Law says:

    This is your ingredients list:


    15 oz container of ricotta cheese
    1 egg, beaten
    1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
    3 cups shredded mozzarella
    16 oz box of ziti
    Optional: italian seasoning, oregano, garlic powder, red pepper flakes

    It doesn’t mention the pasta sauce at all. I went out and bought the ingredients and now I have clicked on View the Original Recipe and I see that I need pasta sauce. Now I am stuck because I am 24 miles from a store.

    • I’m not sure where you copied that list of ingredients from because my post does NOT have the word “INGREDIENTS” on it and there are two lines before where your list starts. Those two items are the sauce and water. I’m sorry you had a problem, but it isn’t from this page!!

  13. Terry Law says:

    This is the link to where I got it from:

    • Well, DUH, Terry, you print the recipe from another site, then come over here and blast the author that the recipe is incorrect?

      I really want to try something like this…I have read other recipes that dry out but I’m hoping to find a way around that. Have you ever tried layering the cheese/sauce? I would rather have pockets of cheese than it mixed into the sauce….

  14. I found if I put the cheese on the top at the beginning and put a dish towel under the lid, it catches the moisture and browns my cheese while baking all day. Eliminates the broiling step if you won’t have time. Broiling would get it a tad darker, which is super yummy tho!

  15. Thank you thank you thank you for posting this recipe! My husband is neither pro-meatless meals nor is he pro-slow cooker. Not only did he love this recipe, but he also said we could have it once a week. (and he said we needed to buy his mom a slow cooker when we go to Ontario so that I could cook the recipe for her…and she could repeat it thereafter) I used a butane torch to brown the cheese on top to keep from heating up the kitchen with the broiler. I blogged about it today, as well.

  16. This looks great. My mom always made lasagna without boiling the noodles, even before the oven ready ones were available. How many servings should this make? Thanks.

  17. Am I the only one that thought this dish was just plain old mush?! Sorry but gross

    • I’m sorry it didn’t turn out for you! I’m not sure what it could be – maybe less water or shorter cooking time?

  18. What an easy delicious recipe! Next grocery visit I will pick up the few items I need. Thanks so much.

  19. Angela Elvebak says:

    I just put it in the crock-pot with I jar of 4 cheese sauce and I traditional. I also added garlic and oregano. I will no in about 5 hrs how it comes out!! Thank you for a cheap easy recipe to feed my kids that I do have to just throw in the oven <3

    • Angela Elvebak says:

      It was amazing!!! My kids, their friends and I gobbled it up with a salad and french bread!!! Thank you so much!

  20. Lizzie Mills says:

    Hi sweetie!
    I’m going to try this sometime in the next few days–but with homemade sauce. I measure the sauce and water using a jar the same size as a standard sauce jar. I’ll probably cut back on the water a bit because sauces made from scratch tend to produce a lot of excess liquid when baking (especially if they’re made with a combo of diced and crushed tomatoes with paste rather than a puree with paste). I may or may not add some sliced (cooked of course) meatballs. I’ll be back and let you know how it turns out! I’m thrilled that you posted this recipe, as I’ve been hoping to find one for ages!


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