Wednesday, April 6, 2011

*Slow Cooker Scrumptiousness* {Vegetarian} Baked Ziti

After a serious challenge from my BFF since first grade, Mrs. D (check out her blog...she's new to blogging and totally awesome!), to do a vegetarian friendly dish and a serious desire to try to make pasta in the crock pot, I decided to take on baked ziti.

Last time I did a pasta dish, I faked it.
And I'm not going to lie. 
I was scared.

But you shouldn't be.

This is another delish recipe courtesy of Crock Pot 365.  She rocks.  Seriously.  It's kind of ridiculous.

Baked Ziti
1 box of pasta
(it doesn't matter what kind)
1 1/2 jars of marinara sauce
10 oz mozzerella cheese
(you can use other cheeses too if you'd like)
3-5 tblspns water
Non-stick cooking spray

You can add veggies too to make it more substantial but I was lazy so ours was just pasta, sauce and cheesy goodness.

Rinse the pasta with water in a collander

Spray your pot with nonstick.

Add some pasta sauce to the bottom.  Just enough to lightly cover it.

Add a scoop of pasta.

Add a layer of cheese.

Then some sauce.
And then pasta.
And then cheese.

You get the picture.  Layer until there is no more to layer. 
I topped it off with sauce and added a couple of tablespoons of water to keep it moist.

Cover that puppy up and cook on low for up to 4 hours.  This is a pretty quick one.  I had to put it in at lunch time and switch it to warm as soon as I got home.  Regardless, it's four hours of fun time that's not you sweating in the kitchen.

But don't go over, unless you're ok with it getting a little crispy around the edges (like mine below)

Uncover, scoop and gorge yourself. 
Hubby loves pasta.  He had two bowls. 
And we still had tons of leftovers.

So there, Mrs D.  Consider your challenge completed :-).

**A Note: Hubby and I realized that, with all of the crock pot cooking, we have saved a lot of "food money."  What started as a fun blog series has helped us to take steps toward saving for our first house.  I hope that these recipes can both make your lives easier, and bring you one step closer to your financial goals as well!**

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  1. you have shared this blog so beautifully that any one can understand it easily. The ways of sharing the blog post is superb.
    -Slow Cooker

  2. new follower and new to Buzz on By Thursday Stop by Thanks for the recipe...I love my slow cooker!

  3. thanks for the veggie recipe :)... you're awesome! can't wait to catch up over dinner soon!

  4. yes! we've baked pasta in the crock pot before! bake? is that what i should call it? no, slow cooked! it was awesome!

    new follower from Thirsty Thursday Blog hop =]

  5. Looks yummy! I am already a follower but stopping by to say Hi from the Friday Blog hop!

  6. Hi, I'm a new follower. Can't wait to read more of your blog.


  7. love the way you did your pics on this post. Seems so easy. I made a chicken chile that I'm gonna post tomorrow but I dont think I'll be doing another one. Alot harder to remember to take pics with every step. Great job!

  8. Yummy! Newest follower through the Friday blog hop!

  9. followed u on gfc/twiiter from theTGIF hop. I am at

  10. This looks so good - and I love my crockpot...always looking for more ideas of what to make in it. Thanks for sharing!

    I saw you linked up at the You Like Me Friday Blog Hop - I'm a new follower of your blog! Have a great weekend :)



    Thank you for popping by my blogfrog community.

  12. New follower through the friday blog hop :)
    Would love a follow back on

  13. Hi thanks for following! I have already been following you :)

  14. New follower from Friday blog hop
    Would love a follow back on

  15. That looks very yummy. I am going to have to try it out this week.

    Stopping by for the Friday Blog Hop and following.

    You can find me here:

    Hope to see you around.

  16. This looks wonderful! Italian food is my favorite. I'm now following you from BPOW. Have a great weekend.

  17. Looks yummy, I am a new follower from Saturday Stalk...

  18. Yum! I'm making this! New follower but I can't find your follow button! Please leave a note so I can come back and visit.

    following from blog hop

  19. Wow, thank you so much for sharing this and for linking up to the handmade hog! This looks delicious

    xoxoo Hanna

  20. Yummy!! I Love crockpot meals!!

    I would love it if you would link it up to our What I Made Wednesday Linky Party!!

    Also, stop in for a chance to win our 100 Follower Giveaway {{Beaded Watch & Hobby Lobby Gift Card}}

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  21. i agree with the first comment. you explained and showed the instructions so clearly, ANYONE can follow. Even me :)

    thank you!

  22. thank you for showing the instructions so clearly, even I could follow :)

  23. Just needed to clarify...uncooked pasta goes into the crockpot? If so, wow that does save some hot stove time.


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