• 28 Ratings

Toss ziti pasta, sausage, veggies, and seasonings into your slow cooker and come back in a few hours to a flavor-packed Italian entree. Pair this slow cooker pasta recipe with a fresh green salad and dinner is done!

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


Recipe Summary

25 mins
6 hrs to 7 hrs (low) or 3 to 3 1/2 hours (high) + 40 minutes (high)
5 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • In a large skillet cook sausage over medium-high heat until brown, using a wooden spoon to break up meat as it cooks. Drain off fat.

  • In a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker combine sausage, eggplant, fennel, tomatoes, the water, wine, tomato paste, garlic, and Italian seasoning. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 6 to 7 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 to 3 1/2 hours.

  • If using low-heat setting, turn to high-heat setting. Stir in pasta and 1/2 cup basil. Cover and cook for 30 minutes.* Stir pasta mixture. Sprinkle with cheese. Cover and cook for 10 minutes more. Let stand, uncovered, for 5 to 10 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with additional basil.


If you like, skip 30 minutes of slow cooking by tossing the eggplant mixture and 1/2 cup basil with 6 to 8 ounces of cooked ziti or penne pasta. Sprinkle with cheese and continue as directed.

Nutrition Facts

255 calories; total fat 5g; saturated fat 3g; polyunsaturated fat 0g; monounsaturated fat 2g; cholesterol 18mg; sodium 479mg; potassium 643mg; carbohydrates 38g; fiber 6g; sugar 7g; protein 14g; trans fatty acid 0g; vitamin a 1051IU; vitamin c 22mg; thiamin 0mg; riboflavin 0mg; niacin equivalents 3mg; vitamin b6 0mg; folate 106mcg; vitamin b12 0mcg; calcium 212mg; iron 3mg.


28 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: Unrated
your ingredients for several recipes are very wrong. Bakled Chicken Breasts w black bean rice pilaf asks for 1 oz black beans, rinsed and drained? This Ziti recipe calls for 1 oz can of fire roasted tomatoes? PLEASE CORRECT YOUR ERRORS.
Rating: Unrated
It is 1   14 1/2 oz can of fire-roasted tomatoes