Crock pot No-Boil Cheese Ziti {Whole Wheat}


I’m seriously a sucker for no-boil recipes. I’m always trying them out on my family. Blessed are those who are my guinea pigs :) I’m particularly excited the whole wheat pasta turned out so well in the crock pot. Like all crock pot recipes, each one cooks differently for different makes and models of slow cookers and crock pots. In other words, adjust your time as necessary to cook your pasta to al dente. Our recipe took about 4 hours on low. I had an extra hour to wait around for soccer and no phone with me to tell my husband to take it off the heat. Pasta is a entree that can get mushy if it’s on the heat too long. Keep a careful eye on your pasta the first time around and take note on your recipe how to long to cook it for future reference.

Though it was a little over done it was delish and hot and ready when I walked in the door. Thankfully I’d made a salad and garlic flatbread ahead of time and my husband didn’t have to do anything except watch the little ones while I was away.

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  • 1-28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1-6 0z. can tomato paste
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 24 oz. container cottage cheese
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 12 oz. whole wheat penne pasta or ziti {I use Ronzoni penne}


  1. Combine tomatoes, paste, water, and seasoning is a large bowl. Mix with a whisk to combine.
  2. Spray a  crock pot or slow cooker with cooking spray.
  3. Layer sauce, about 1/2 cup noodles and 1/3 of the cottage cheese. I drop mine on top of the noodles with a spoon. Lightly sprinkle with some of the mozzarella cheese.
  4. Continue to layer two more times ending with the sauce and the rest of the mozzarella cheese.
  5. Cover and crock on low about 4 hours, depending on your crock pot temperature.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do.

Here’s other wonderful and just as easy no-boil recipes to add to your list “to try”:


What’s your favorite “no boil” recipe?

2 thoughts on “Crock pot No-Boil Cheese Ziti {Whole Wheat}

  1. Brandette Winblad

    Thank you so much for this wonderful post! Anything that saves extra dirty dishes, time, and work in the kitchen I am all about. I have copied down several of these, especially the crockpot versions. They would be so much easier for me with a toddler underfoot in the kitchen.

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