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The Crockin' Girls Slow Cooker Baked Ziti

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Baked Ziti
from the new cookbook, The Crockin' Girls Slow Cookin' Companion, (released in April)

If you thought that cooking this awesome Italian meal was only possible in the oven, then you're in for a lip-smackin' surprise!

Ingredients:
1 to 1 1/2 pounds ground beef or Italian sausage/ground turkey (whatever suits your fancy)
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 15-ounce container ricotta cheese

2 egg whites
16 ounces mozzarella cheese, divided

1 cup Parmesan cheese

1 teaspoon oregano, divided
1 16-ounce box ziti noodles
2 26-ounce cans of spaghetti/pasta sauce
1/2 teaspoons parsley

Directions:

Brown ground beef with the onion and garlic; drain and set aside. Combine ricotta cheese, egg whites, 8 ounces of mozzarella, Parmesan, and 1/2 teaspoon oregano in a separate bowl; mix well. Rinse uncooked ziti in cold water. In the slow cooker, layer 2 cups sauce, 1/2 of the ground beef mixture, 2 ounces mozzarella, 1/2 of the ziti, and 1/2 of the ricotta cheese mixture; repeat. Top with the remaining sauce and remaining mozzarella. Sprinkle the remaining oregano and the parsley on top. Cover and cook on LOW for 5-6 hours.

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