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Ronzoni® Slow Cooker Ziti and Sausage Meatballs

Recipe provided by Ronzoni® Pasta.

Serves 6
Ready in 270 mins
Prep time 15 mins
Cooking time 255 mins
959 calories per serving


> 16 oz Ronzoni ® Ziti
> 1 lb Italian sausages, casings removed
> 1/4 cup olive oil, divided
> 1 small sprig fresh rosemary
> 5 cloves garlic, sliced
> 4 cups sliced Tuscan kale leaves
> 1/2 tsp salt, divided
> 1/2 tsp black pepper, divided
> 1 can (28 oz) diced tomatoes
> 1 cup sodium-reduced chicken broth
> 1/2 cup roasted red bell peppers, sliced
> 1/2 cup torn fresh basil
> 1 tub (8 oz) ricotta cheese
> 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
> 8 oz fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
> 8 oz shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese


Roll sausage meat into 1-inch meatballs. Heat 2 tbsp oil in large skillet set over medium heat; cook meatballs, in batches if needed, for 5 to 8 minutes or until browned all over. Transfer to plate; set aside.
Add remaining oil to same skillet; cook rosemary sprig and garlic cloves over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes or until fragrant. Remove rosemary sprig. Add kale, and ¼ tsp each salt and pepper. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until kale is wilted.
Combine kale mixture, tomatoes, chicken broth, meatballs, roasted peppers, basil, and remaining salt and pepper.
In greased bowl of slow cooker, layer one-third each of the pasta, tomato mixture, ricotta, Parmesan, sliced mozzarella and shredded mozzarella. Repeat layers twice.
Cover and cook on High for 1 to 2 hours or Low for 3 to 4 hours or until pasta is tender and cheese is melted. Serve immediately.


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