Homemade Crock Pot Marinara Sauce

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I started making this Homemade Crock Pot Marinara Sauce over the summer. Now, you don’t have to start that early. I was processing the home-grown summer tomatoes before they went bad. This is a great way to use up all those tomatoes. But, if you don’t have any home-grown tomatoes, or if you want to start this in the winter, use canned tomatoes , they’ll work perfectly.

It was too hot to cook the tomatoes inside, so we started them on the grill. I cut each in half and put them in a large ovenproof casserole dish. I don’t bother to peel them before hand either. As they cook down, the peels come off and float to the top. When they do, fish them out with tongs, a slotted spoon, or your fingers (watch out, it’ll be hot!).

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The halved tomatoes in a large casserole dish starting to cook down

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Still need to cook some more (and, yes, it made a mess of my dish)

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You can see the skins sticking up and ready to be pulled out

I cooked the tomatoes down to about half of what was there to begin with. Let them cool, and then I froze them. A few months later (or just a couple days ago) I decided to use the cooked down tomatoes in marinara. And, this is a great marinara sauce! It’s so easy because it’s done in the crock-pot. Also, the sauce is really budget-friendly (even cheaper if you use tomatoes from the garden!).

I used ½ a red onion and ½ a sweet yellow onion (because they were in the fridge and needed to be used up). Any onions will work in this recipe. Also, I actually didn’t add any salt to my marinara. I’m still doing the super healthy food, so I’ve eliminated most salt from the stuff I cook. But, I do think the sauce would benefit from salt. Leave it out entirely if you want, the sauce is still great.

We had the marinara over simple spaghetti last night with some meatless meatballs. Tonight I’m going to make little individual pizzas using this marinara as the pizza sauce. And, over the weekend I think I’ll make Red Pepper Lasagna on our cheat day.

I don’t think I’ll have to worry about using up all of this sauce, but it makes a large amount, so you may want to can it or freeze it to preserve it. If you’re going to freeze it, allow it to cool before placing it in the freezer. If you’re going to can it, while it cooks, prepare (get out and make sure they are squeaky clean) the jars you’ll use to store it. Transfer cooked sauce to the clean & ready jars. Please follow the instructions from the USDA’s National Center for Home Food Preservation, the official site from the makers of Ball jars, or the makers of the Weck Jars.

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In those cute little Weck Jars

Homemade Crock Pot Marinara Sauce
Serves 13
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38 calories
9 g
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2 g
0 g
117 g
321 g
5 g
0 g
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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
117g
Servings
13
Amount Per Serving
Calories 38
Calories from Fat 2
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
0%
Saturated Fat 0g
0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 321mg
13%
Total Carbohydrates 9g
3%
Dietary Fiber 2g
8%
Sugars 5g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
6%
Vitamin C
20%
Calcium
5%
Iron
10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 8 cups crushed tomatoes or 2 (28 oz.) cans crushed tomatoes
  2. 1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
  3. 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
  4. 2-4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  5. 2 whole bay leaves
  6. 1 tablespoon dried basil
  7. ½ tablespoon dried oregano
  8. 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  9. 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  10. 1 teaspoon salt, if desired
  11. freshly ground pepper
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in the slow cooker. Stir well to combine. Secure the lid on your slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours or high for six hours. Stir the sauce and remove the bay leaves. Taste for seasonings, adding more salt and some freshly ground pepper as desired.
Notes
  1. Makes 13 (½ cup) servings
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38
fat
0g
protein
2g
carbs
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super tasty and mega-healthy, this Homemade Crock Pot Marinara Sauce is made in the crock pot, so it's also really easy  #marinara #crockPot #slowCooker #tomato #sauce

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  1. Debi says

  2. says

    Hi,

    Dropping in from Katherine’s corner and glad I did. I like the look of your recipe as our tomato plants are very heavy with fruit.

  3. says

    wow!!I like this recipe as it is very easy to prepare in crock pot.
    Thanks a lot for sharing with Midweek Fiesta…Hope to see you again

  4. says

    This looks marvelous! I can’t wait for fresh tomatoes – the best part of summer! I’ll pin this to my recipe board to try! Maybe I’ll try it with the canned tomatoes….if I can’t wait! thank you so much for sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

  5. says

    Looks amazing. I hope my tomato s produce enough to try this! It’s been a cooler summer which I love, but the tomato s prefer to grow in the heat. Pinning this for later. Drop by sometime & link up if you like. You can find me @ DearCreatives.com

  6. says

    I cooked them down by about half, so based on the white baking dish that you see in the pictures and the end amount, I’m guessing I started with about 16-12 cups of raw tomatoes. That white dish was really full when I started cooking them. I would say though, don’t worry too much about being exact on that; a little more, a little less, it’s all good!

  7. Stacy says

    I don’t care for onions in my sauce. Can I use onion powder instead and if so how much should I use.

  8. says

    Stacy, I’d say about 1 tablespoon onion powder per onion. More or less depending on how you feel about the flavor of onions. :)

  9. says

    I have always wanted to make Marinara in a Slow Cooker, your sauce looks fabulous! Thank you for linking up at our Simple Tuesday Supper party! Nettie

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