Pin a Day: Easy Crockpot Baked Ziti

I enjoy a good party and hosting friends, so I have enjoyed hosting friends this year as we have started having guests monthly and now bimonthly for D and D sessions.  It’s always my goal to find food that can feed a crowd and now in the summer, doesn’t heat up the entire kitchen.  I am working on perfecting some summer crockpot meals.  Last session, I made this delicious Easy Crockpot Baked Ziti. 


This meal seemed easy and everyone enjoys a delicious baked pasta.  First, I made the cheese filling by combining ricotta cheese, eggs, and basil.  Next, I mixed together the jarred pasta sauce and tomato sauce.  I grated the Parmesan cheese and greased the crockpot with a bit of butter.  Finally, I was ready to assemble.  The first layer was sauce, which was followed by uncooked penne, ricotta mixture, and Parmesan cheese.  Next, I added more sauce, penne, ricotta mixture, and the rest of the Parmesan cheese.  Finally, I added the end of the penne and sauce.  I added the lid and cooked on high for about 2 1/2 to 3 hours.  I checked it at 2 1/2 hours and let it cook a little bit longer.  Then, I added mozzarella cheese to the top and cooked it until it melted.  The results were a delicious baked pasta in about 3 hours.  The kitchen stayed cool and I could pretty much set the crockpot and forget about the dish.  It was a hit with my friends and paired nicely with some delicious Garlic Breadsticks from Dream Dinners and a toasted ravioli appetizer.  This made plenty of food for 6 hungry adults with leftovers.  Depending on preferences, meat or meat sauce could be added.  I am so glad this turned out great-its often a gamble with online recipes, but this was a hit!