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  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 tsps. dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 jars (apx. 25 oz. each) pasta sauce
  • 1 container (15 oz.) ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 cups grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 box (10 oz.) ziti noodles


  • Cook ground beef and onions in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until beef is no longer pink.
  • Stir in seasonings to evenly coat meat; stir in pasta sauce.
  • Set aside.
  • Mix 1 cup mozzarella, the ricotta and Parmesan in a medium bowl.
  • Spoon 2 cups of meat sauce into 5 - 6 qt. slow cooker.
  • Top with 2 cups ziti.
  • Drop half of the cheese mixture, by rounded tablespoons, over ziti; carefully spread over ziti using back of spoon.
  • Layer with 2 cups meat sauce, the remaining ziti and remaining cheese.
  • Add remaining meat sauce, completely covering all the ziti and cheese.
  • Place lid on slow cooker.
  • Cook on LOW for 6 to 7 hours or HIGH for 4 to 5 hours or until noodles are tender.
  • Carefully remove lid to allow steam to escape.
  • Sprinkle with the remaining 1 cup mozzarella; let stand 10 minutes until melted.


Categories: Beef  Crock-pot  Main Dish  Misc. One Dish 

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