One-Pot Baked Ziti Recipe & Ninja Cooking System With Auto-iQ Review

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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.

One-Pot Baked Ziti Recipe & Ninja Cooking System With Auto-iQ

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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.

Ninja Cooking System With Auto-iQ

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.

Ninja Cooking System With Auto-iQ

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.

You can connect with Ninja Kitchen on the  Ninja Kitchen website, as well as on social media on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

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.

Equipment Needed

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  • Ninja Cooking System with Auto-iQ
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • silicone cooking spoon


Ingredients

  • 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

One-Pot Baked Ziti Recipe & Ninja Cooking System With Auto-iQ

Instructions

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.

Serve immediately.

One-Pot Baked Ziti Recipe & Ninja Cooking System With Auto-iQ

One-Pot Baked Ziti For Ninja Cooking System

One-Pot Baked Ziti Recipe & Ninja Cooking System With Auto-iQ

Instructions

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. Serve immediately.

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    26 comments

    Alli Smith April 16, 2018 - 6:34 am

    I love all Ninja products! I haven’t seen the cooking system, but I can tell I’m going to love it as well. Baked Zita looks delicious and I love the idea of a one-pot meal. It makes cleanup easier and I don’t like to turn on the oven on hot summer days.

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    Tasheena April 16, 2018 - 6:42 am

    This looks like a kitchen must-have. The ziti looks so yummy and savory. I have to look into investing in one of these.

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    Kimberly April 16, 2018 - 7:37 am

    I never knew that the Ninja had a cooking system! AHHHHH! I have the Ninja blender bullet thing – it’s much bigger than a bullet. I’m not sure what it’s called but I love it. This looks so awesome. And this recipe looks great too. I love ziti.

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    Karen Morse April 16, 2018 - 7:41 am

    Ninja has the best products when it comes to helping us make good food! I love their blenders but this one’s pretty awesome to have in the kitchen as well. Thanks for the baked ziti recipe! We love that!

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    Amber Myers April 16, 2018 - 8:24 am

    Ooo I’m tempted to get this Ninja Cooking System. I’ve seen several tasty recipes using it, this one included. I just LOVE my ziti. Carbs makes me happy.

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    chubskulit rose April 16, 2018 - 8:47 am

    I have never had a Ninja product but I think I will get this one if mine needs replacement. It sounds better thatn what I have now anyway.

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    candy April 16, 2018 - 9:09 am

    I have this ninja cooking system and use it all the time. Comes in handy for throwing it all in al walking away. Plus big help when feeding a crowd.

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    Jeanette April 16, 2018 - 10:05 am

    Anything it only takes one pot I am definitely off for! This week I did not make a menu plan which is abnormal for me but this I might just have to make because of how easy it is. It looks delicious.

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    Cat April 16, 2018 - 12:06 pm

    Although we do not eat ziti any more (we’re on a low carb diet now), I would totally try this ninja cooking system. It looks awesome!

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    Mimi Green April 16, 2018 - 12:59 pm

    I’m all for a one pot meal, it makes dinner quick and easy. I need to check out Ninja, my pot is old and lacks the new technology.

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    pat. April 16, 2018 - 1:20 pm

    Bake, Slow-cook, whatever!

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    Shoshana Sue April 16, 2018 - 2:27 pm

    You had me at all is done in the Ninja Cooking System With Auto-iQ. Anything that gives me less clean up time is up there on my list of likes. I want this Ninja and would like to buy it. That ziti looks beyond delicious, I can smell the yumminess!

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    Up Run for Life Healthy Lifestyle Blog April 17, 2018 - 2:07 am

    Ziti is my youngest sons favorite dish. I typically make it on the stovetop and dirty up 2 pots. Then I get out my huge casserole pan and fill it with the pasta. Then I add a layer of mozzarella cheese on top and melt it in the oven. The Ninja would make this dish so much easier to make. I need one.

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    Marysa April 17, 2018 - 7:43 am

    My kids are recently into baked ziti. I’d love to try the Ninja Pot, it looks like it is a really convenient way to getting dinner prepped.

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    peter April 17, 2018 - 8:47 am

    this dish looks fantastic. the line of Ninja products are all awesome. i’ve never seen nor had the chance to use this cooker , but i’m sure i wouldn’t stop once started

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    Jenn @ EngineerMommy April 17, 2018 - 10:09 am

    This system sounds incredibly convenient. I would really love to check this out. I love how you can make something like baked ziti conveniently using this Ninja system.

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    Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh April 17, 2018 - 11:03 am

    We love pasta, and one pan dishes. They just make dinner time that much simpler. I haven’t seen the Ninja cooking system before, sounds really nice.

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    Kita Bryant April 17, 2018 - 2:23 pm

    Wow this looks so good! This is sure to fill the family up!

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    Lisa Marie Heath April 17, 2018 - 11:30 pm

    I don’t mind cooking, but I dislike doing dishes. One dish meals are so perfect for me! I love ziti too – so I’ll have to try this

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    Bohemian Babushka April 17, 2018 - 11:49 pm

    Babushka’s a fan of the Ninja cooking systems, and this one looks Buenisimo! You can always count on this company for quality. Looks like yummy is part of this too.

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    Kylee from Kylee Cooks April 25, 2018 - 10:44 am

    I’ve been super curious about this system. Been looking to try it myself! Love the baked ziti.
    How long does it take?? Layered Bowls Recipe 4 setting – is that a timed setting??

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    Rithika Sharma December 7, 2018 - 5:03 am

    Such a delicious food. Thank you for sharing.

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    Angel February 19, 2019 - 9:01 pm

    Thank you, I’m still learning how to use the 4-1 cooking system but what setting is good to make a peach cobbler in because I don’t want the bottom to burn?

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    valmg March 11, 2019 - 6:17 am

    Hi. Thanks for visiting. I haven’t made a peach cobbler in the NInja Cooking System myself but am fairly confident it would be made using the bake setting, probably somewhere around 350. Unfortunately I am not sure of the time.

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    Nyxie October 21, 2019 - 9:09 am

    Looks beautiful! Sure to feed a family unit and have left overs!

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    Mrs Thomas October 26, 2019 - 1:32 pm

    How can I make this in the Ninja 4:1 cooking system?

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