One-Pot Baked Ziti is a perfect dinner for any night, particularly those following a long, busy day. This simple One-Pot Baked Ziti recipe for the Ninja Cooking System is full of flavor but easy on the amount of work required to make it. All cooking is done right in the Ninja Cooking System With Auto-iQ, which makes for minimal kitchen mess and easy cleanup.
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Spring is here. Yesterday it was 76 degrees outside, a sign that Mother Nature is a little weird this year and that summer is around the corner. One thing you can bet on about me is that I don’t like to heat up the house in the summer by using the oven. When I was first introduced to the Ninja 3-in-1 Cooking System back in 2014 I fell in love. This month I had the opportunity to try out the updated version of that multi-cooker and one of the newest additions to the Ninja family, the Ninja Cooking System With Auto-iQ. Today I’m sharing my thoughts on this appliance, along with my One-Pot Baked Ziti recipe.
What is the Ninja Cooking System With Auto-iQ?
The Ninja Cooking System with Auto-iQ functions as four different appliances – slow cooker, stove top, steamer, and oven. As with the earlier 3-in-1 Cooking System, the Ninja Cooking System With Auto-iQ can cook all sorts of foods in a variety of ways. What’s new about this model is the Auto-iQ technology. This technology allows you to add ingredients to the pot and select a pre-programmed recipe number that let’s the Ninja handle the cooking. Also, this new Ninja Cooking System has a glass lid, whereas its predecessor had a black lid you couldn’t see through.
What’s included in the box?
The box includes the Ninja Cooking System With Auto-iQ, 6-Quart Lightweight Nonstick Cooking Pot, Steaming/Roasting Rack, Multi-Purpose Pan, Glass Lid with Handle, and 80+ Recipe Cookbook.
There are over 80 pre-programmed recipes divided into four Programs: Quick Meals, Layered Bowls, Grains, and Poached Infusions. The recipe booklet that comes with the Ninja helps guide you through recipe selection. Don’t have much time – Quick Meals are the solution! Layered Bowls are easy two step recipes with the flavor and satisfaction of multi-layered meals, cooked in one convenient pot. Grains are perfectly cooked portions of oats and quinoa. Lastly, Poached Infusions are all the nuanced flavor of your favorite poached dishes with none of the guesswork. If you are wondering how much food the Ninja can hold, the 6 quart pot can cook a chicken that weighs up to 6 pounds, or a roast that weighs up to 4 pounds. It is recommended that you do not fill the pot more than two-thirds full with a liquid.
How does it work?
Everything is controlled by the buttons located on the front of the Ninja. Food cooks more quickly in the Ninja than the slow cooker and some other methods because the Ninja features Triple Fusion Heat, where bottom heat, side heat, and steam heat all work together. The system creates a very hot steam that makes for juicier meals that are also healthier because they have less fat. You can adjust cooking time in the Bake, Steam and Slow Cook cycles.
When baking in the NInja, the temperature range is 250 to 425 degrees. You can choose to Dry Bake in the Ninja, which means you’re baking in the same way as you would in a traditional oven. Dry baking is best suited for beef, pork, fish, and poultry. You can also choose to steam bake in the Ninja. Steam-infused baking uses bottom and side-band heating. Water that is added to the bottom of the pot, which helps desserts retain more moisture, and give a higher rise. Steam baked foods will crisp and brown on the bottom and sides but will not brown or crisp on the top. Steam baking is best suited for baking cakes, cupcakes, loaves, puddings, custards, and cheesecakes.
The Slow Cook setting can be set to cook on low, medium or high.
Once your meal has finished cooking, the appliance automatically switches to Stay Warm in order to keep your meal warm and ready to serve. Once you’ve finished cooking and serving your meal, you’ll be thrilled to find that the pot is even dishwasher safe. It’s a nonstick pot and I clean it by hand just to get it done and I have found it very easy to clean. The glass lid is also easy to clean, and is fantastic to have when cooking, I love being able to see what’s going on in the pot.
I love the convenience of one-pot meals, as well as anything that makes it quicker and simpler to get a tasty meal on the table. Being able to switch from stovetop to saute is terrific, it not only locks in a foods flavor and juices but it also saves time and energy from using multiple pans. The Ninja Cooking System With Auto-iQ is still the same size as the older model I have, which means it’s small enough that you could take it along with you to work or a friends. You could even use it in a camper or motor home, or just about anywhere else that has an electric outlet.
You can purchase the Ninja Cooking System With Auto-iQ on the Ninja website for $149.99. It’s also available to purchase on Amazon, where it’s currently $133.31 with free shipping through Amazon Prime. You can also find it in select stores as well.
Ready for a simple recipe that you will turn to again and again after a busy day? Here you go! One-Pot Baked Ziti for the Ninja Cooking System!
One-Pot Baked Ziti Recipe For Ninja Cooking System With Auto-iQ
Baked ziti is a very popular comfort food. Who can resist all that ooey gooey cheese on top of all that pasta! Add in some meat and it’s a plate of heaven. What’s not heavenly is having to wash three different pots and pans just to make it. That’s why One-Pot Baked Ziti is a perfect dinner for any night, particularly those following a long, busy day. This simple recipe is full of flavor but easy on the amount of work required to make it. All cooking is done right in the Ninja Cooking System With Auto-iQ, which makes for minimal kitchen mess and easy cleanup. Here’s my One-Pot Baked Ziti Recipe for Ninja Cooking System With Auto-iQ. The recipe serves 6-8 people.
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- Ninja Cooking System with Auto-iQ
- measuring cups
- measuring spoons
- silicone cooking spoon
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 cup minced onion
- 1 lb ziti
- 1x 26 oz jar pasta sauce
- 4 cups water
- 8 oz ricotta cheese
- 8 oz fresh mozzarella
- 2 tbsp olive oil
Set the Ninja to stovetop high and allow it to warm for about 5 minutes.
Add the olive oil to the pot, followed by the ground beef and onion.
Brown the ground beef, which takes about 8 minutes.
Add the ziti to the pot, followed by the pasta sauce and water.
Stir well and recover the pot.
Set the Ninja to cook on the Auto-iQ Layered Bowls Recipe 4 setting and press start.
Once the cooking cycle has finished, uncover the pot.
Set the pot to dry oven 350.
Add the ricotta cheese to the pot and stir gently.
Place the slices of the fresh mozzarella on top of the pasta.
Recover the pot and let cook for about 15 minutes, until the mozzarella cheese on the top is all melty and gooey.