This Hearty Comfort Food in a Slow Cooker Is Absolutely Perfect for a Weeknight Meal

I just love Crock Pot recipes because I’m often too busy to use a lot of time preparing meals. It’s so great to come home after running errands to find a delicious meal ready – I can just sit back, enjoy and relax!


  • 8 oz (2½ cups) ziti
  • 1 tsp extra-virgin oil
  • 1½ C boiling water
  • 1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1½ tbsp tomato paste
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp minced fresh oregano or ½ tsp dried
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 4 oz (1/2 cup) whole-milk ricotta cheese
  • 3 oz (3/4 cup) part-skim mozzarella, shredded
  • ½ C chopped fresh basil


  1. Line a slow cooker with an aluminum foil collar and lightly spray with vegetable oil spray.
  2. Microwave ziti and oil in a bowl at half power, stirring occasionally, until some pasta pieces look toasted, up to 5 minutes.
  3. Transfer hot pasta to slow cooker and immediately stir in boiling water (pasta will sizzle). Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic, oregano, ½ tsp salt, and pepper flakes until evenly combined.
  4. Cover and cook until pasta is tender, 2-3 hours on high.
  5. Remove foil collar. Gently stir pasta, adding hot water as needed to loosen sauce consistency, season with salt and pepper.
  6. Drop spoonfuls of ricotta on top of casserole and sprinkle with mozzarella. Cover and cook on high until cheese is melted (5 minutes).
  7. Sprinkle with basil and serve.



Quick Tip: Set the microwave at 50% power to yield the ideal pasta texture

Thanks to A Kitchen Addiction for this comforting and simple meal!

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