Jan 10

Weekend Wind-Down with Slow Cooked Spinach Ziti

Hello Friends and Happy Fri-Yay!

Today there is a twist to the Friday Foodie Feature which I think you will like.  It’s a party – that’s right a P * A * R * T * Y  and you are cordially invited to attend the first Weekend Wind-Down Party!

You can link up now or wait until this evening when you get home from work.  The party is casual so you can kick off your shoes, turn on the Crock Pot, relax and then share… share… share!

Weekend Winddown Link Party (1)

The house rules are simple, you can link any post and it will be featured on 8 different blogs.  We will each choose several features from the link up each week to highlight the following week!   We will also be pinning features to Pinterest as well as social media shout-outs!  So link up, visit others and have fun!

Linky Party Rules

Weekend Wind-Down Hosts

This Simple Home @


DeDivahDeals @ 


Snippets of Inspiration @


A Ranch Mom @


Mendez Manor @


A Living Sacrifice @


Mustard Seed Mommy @


Moms Who Save @


If you are joining the party, please copy this button and add it to your blog.

Now let the party begin with today’s Friday Foodie Feature

Slow Cooked Spinach Ziti

Slow Cooked Spinach Ziti

I had been thinking about making this dish for quite sometime and hubby kept asking if I wanted him to make it (baked) in the oven.  I said, “nope, I want to slow cook it.”  He didn’t think the uncooked noodles wouldn’t get done in the Crock Pot but they did and he loved it.


  • 1 1/2 lbs of ground turkey/chicken/beef

  • 2 jars of Spaghetti Sauce

  • medium onion – diced

  • 2 cloves of garlic – diced

  • 1 package of frozen spinach

  • 1 box of Rotini Noodles

  • 1 package of Mozzarella and Shredded Parmesan Cheese

  • Ricotta Cheese

Brown ground turkey Brown the ground turkey and dice the onions and garlic.  Remember to turn on stove’s blower while cutting onions for no tears.   Dice onion and garlic cloves

Add the two jars of spaghetti sauce, diced onions and garlic then stir to mix ingredients thoroughly.

add two jars of spaghetti sauce

add diced onions and garlic cloves

spray Crock Pot with Cooking Spray

Spray the Crock Pot with cooking spray for easier clean up.

begin with layer of meat sauce

Cover the bottom of the Crock Pot with the meat sauce, then begin layering the pasta, spinach, and Ricotta cheese, repeating until you’ve reached the top of the Crock Pot but you can use less if you want.

layer with noodles

add layer of frozen spinach

Add a few dollops of Ricotta Cheese add a few scoops of Ricotta Cheese

Sprinkle with Mozzarella Cheese

sprinkle with Mozzarella Cheese Top with Parmesan Cheese

Sprinkle the final layer with Parmesan Cheese, cover and cook on high 4-5 hours or low 8-10 hours, or until pasta noodles are soft.

cover and cook on high for 5 hours

Stir and then sprinkle on more Parmesan Cheese

Stir to thoroughly mix all ingredients and to ensure noodles are soft.  Sprinkle with more Parmesan Cheese, cover and let sit for an additional 5 mins before serving.

We definitely had more than enough for two meals, I even froze half to be used next month.

more than enough for two meals

Invite your family and friends to the first

Weekend Wind-Down Party!




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  1. Michelle D. Johnson Garrett

    Great link-up! Looking forward to connecting with others this weekend!

    1. Antionette Blake

      Yes, as am I – thank you and enjoy the day.

  2. Annette

    That was a cute way to add the pictures. :)

    DInner looks great!

    1. DeDivahDeals

      Thank you! Have a wonderful weekend!

    2. Antionette Blake

      Thanks, but need to remove because they were all over the place – hope you are having a good Saturday.

  3. Me And My Mini Me

    This looks like fun. What a great way to kick off the weekend and the food looks yummy as always.

    1. DeDivahDeals

      Thanks, it’s a great way to kick off the year. Enjoy your weekend.

    2. Antionette Blake

      Yes, it’s a great way to start off the year with reading all these great posts and meeting new bloggers. Have a wonderful weekend.

  4. Kirsten

    Thanks for hosting the party. The Zit recipe looks good!

    1. DeDivahDeals

      It was…but none for you ms lady! Stay healthy because you are my motivator.

    2. Antionette Blake

      Thank you, what do you have cooking for the weekend?

      1. Kirsten

        Buffalo Cauliflower coming up…

        1. DeDivahDeals

          Woooo – need to send me some!

  5. Valerie

    Oh wow that looks so delicious! And I bet it smells amazing as it is cooking! Will have to try this!

    1. Antionette Blake

      Yes it was and I have the leftovers in the freezer for next month. Have a wonderful weekend.

  6. Nout

    Looks so yummy. I bet I could sub in ‘zoodles’ for the noodles. Zoodles are noodles made from veggies:) Thanks for having the linkie party too, I added mine and about to follow the other blogs. xo

    1. Antionette Blake

      That sounds much healthier – might try that. Glad you could join the party and I hope your weekend is going well.

  7. Daily Express

    Wow, I’ve never tried cooking pasta noodles in the slow cooker. I’m going to have to try that! I always use Reynolds Slow Cooker liners for the easiest clean up, though- have you tried those? Thanks for sharing the recipe and hosting the link-up. :)

    On the Daily Express

    1. DeDivahDeals

      Yes, I usually use the bags but didn’t have any on hand. Hubby was concerned about the noodles as well but it was good!

  8. Deanna Michaels

    Oh my goodness! This sounds yummy and easy. Love the spinach in it and that you can plug it in and forget it. :-)

    1. Antionette Blake

      Yes, I was a little concerned about the noodles as well but it was perfect! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are having a great weekend.

  9. FreeUrCloset

    How yummy, I’m a sucker for baked ziti, but will definitely be trying out this recipe. Thanx for sharing, gorgeous! XOXO

    1. DeDivahDeals

      Thank you my dear – let me know when you do.

  10. stylishlyinlove

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. It looks yummy.



    1. DeDivahDeals

      Thank you, let me know if you get a chance to try it. Happy Monday!

  11. Uniiklee Meeh

    OMG… my mouth watered reading the recipe. I sooo have to try this out :)

  12. D-Anna

    Fabulous party and great recipe! Thanks Lovely! :)

    1. DeDivahDeals

      Thank you!

  13. DeDivahDeals

    Thank you for linking back to us at the #WWDParty this weekend. I hope you had a wonderfully blessed weekend.

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