Slow Cooker Ziti

21 Day Fix Approved Ziti

Well, it was supposed to be slow cooker ziti but then again, it was supposed to have sausage and eggplant too.  That’s what happens in our kitchen.  I swore I had ziti and it was penne (close enough right?!).  Then my eggplant was rotten even though I *just* bought it the day before.  And sausage… well we don’t eat sausage so I knew I was replacing that with ground turkey meat.  

I tend to get very inspired by many recipe books, magazines, and blogs but always end up creating something a bit more FITsSimple style, plus it never hurts to make it 21 Day Fix Meal Plan approved!

So, now I present to you my Slow Cooker, Fired Roasted Tomato, Fennel, Spinach + Turkey Penne “Baked Ziti”.  Haha.  Whatever.  It’s good so try it out and come back to let me know what you think!


Slow Cooker Ziti

Serves 5
A healthy and FIX approved version of Baked Ziti that is absolutely DELICIOUS!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
7 hr
Total Time
7 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
7 hr
Total Time
7 hr
  1. 1 lb - Ground Turkey
  2. 3 Cups - Baby Spinach
  3. 1 Large - Fennel Bulb
  4. 1 (15 oz) - Can Fire-Roasted Crushed Tomatoes
  5. 1 (15 oz) - Can Tomato Sauce
  6. 2 - Garlic Cloves (minced)
  7. 1 Tbsp - Dried Italian Seasoning
  8. 1 Cup - Water
  9. 8 oz - Dried Cut Ziti or Penne Pasta
  10. 1/4 Cup - Fresh Basil (chopped)
  11. 8 oz - Fresh Mozzarella
  1. In a large skillet, brown ground turkey meat over medium-high heat. Drain fat. Combine turkey, fennel, tomatoes, spinach, tomato sauce, water, garlic, and seasoning in a 5-6 quart slow cook. Cover and cook on low-heat for 6-7 hours or high-heat 3 hours.
  2. If using low-heat, turn to high and stir in dry pasta and basil. Cover and cook an additional 30 minutes. Stir pasta, sprinkle mozzarella, cover and cook for another 10 minutes.
  3. Let stand, uncovered, for 5-10 minutes before serving. Sprinkle basil on top and ENJOY!
21 Day Fix Container Equivalents (per serving)
  1. 1 Red - Ground Turkey
  2. 2 Green - Fennel, Tomatoes, Spinach
  3. 0.5 Purple - Tomato Sauce
  4. 1 Yellow - Ziti
  5. 1 Blue - Mozzarella
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19 Responses to Slow Cooker Ziti

  1. This looks really good! How much is one serving? I understand that one serving counts as each of those containers, but I’m unclear on how much that means I get to have in one sitting. Thanks!

    • I pre-measure all ingredients and this is a serving for 5. So, I just divide it into 5 portions and 1 serving is the equivalent to the containers listed.

  2. I’m excited about making this week. I had a question about the fennel. This will be my first time dealing with our. I’m assuming that one large bulb is chopped?

  3. I couldn’t find a fennel bulb. Is there something similar that I could use or will it still be a good dish without it? Thanks!

    • Jamie – It will still be good without it. It adds a very fragrant flavor but you’ll be fine without it.

  4. I find that a lot of these recipes have spinach in them. I love the taste of spinach, the color and nutritional value it gives in each recipe. However, I am allergic to spinach. YES, weird I know. What can I replace spinach with that is somewhat equal to it?

    • Robin – You can remove it from this recipe all together. For salads, I would use green or red leaf lettuce. Really anything other than Iceberg as that has the least nutritional value of all lettuce.

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