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Playing Slow-Cooker Pasta Bake
  • 4 cups jarred marinara sauce
  • 12 ounces ziti pasta, uncooked
  • 1 zucchini, medium cut into 3/4 inch pieces (about 2 cups)
  • 1 1/2 cups matchstick carrots
  • 1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese, (about 12 ounces)
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, finely shredded
  • 1 can black olives, (2-ounce) sliced drained
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 cups spinach, rough chopped baby
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves, fresh
Serves: 4 servings

Lightly coat 5-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Add the marinara sauce, pasta, zucchini, carrots, ricotta, mozzarella, Parmesan, olives, and water; stir to combine. Cover and cook on LOW until the pasta is tender, about 1 hour and 30 minutes to 2 hours.

Gently fold in the spinach until wilted. Spoon into serving bowls and top evenly with the basil.

Excerpt from "Valerie's Home Cooking: More than 100 Delicious Recipes to Share with Friends and Family" by Valerie Bertinelli. Copyright © 2017 by Valerie Bertinelli. Used with permission by Oxmoor House. All rights reserved.