Pasta Bake (Slow Cooker)

Pasta Bake (Slow Cooker)
This slow cooker dish is based loosely on an American-style Baked Ziti, except ziti is not routinely available in the UK. I toyed with using macaroni instead, but decided to use penne.

It is not an elegant dish, but is very quick and easy to prepare, and tastes delicious.

Pasta Bake (Slow Cooker)

Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time3 hours 40 minutes
Total Time3 hours 45 minutes
Course: Main Course
Keyword: Everyday Recipes
Servings: 8


  • 1 lb beef mince
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes, 400g each
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 1 dash Worcestershire Sauce
  • 500 ml water or stock
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp orageno
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dark brown sugar
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 packet penne pasta (400-500g)
  • 2 small mozzarella cheeses (2 x 150g)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • grated parmesan to garnish


  • In a large frying pan, cook the onions until soft, then add the beef and brown gently. Stir in garlic and Worcestershire Sauce and cook for a couple of minutes.
  • Place beef mixture in a large slow cooker, and add tomatoes, tomato paste, water/stock, garlic, sugar and herbs. Stir well.
  • Cook on high for 3 hours, or low for 6 hours.
  • Taste and season with salt and pepper.
  • Add dried pasta (no need to precook) and give it a good stir, to coat every bit of pasta.
  • Cover and continue cooking for a further 30 minutes (high) or 45 minutes (low). Check and stir halfway through.
  • Chop the first mozzarella ball and stir it into the pasta, so it is well distributed. Chop the second mozzarella ball, and scatter it over the top.
  • Cook for a further 5-10 minutes until mozzarella has melted.
  • Serve in bowls with optional sprinkling of parmesan.


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