Lovers, eaters and cookers of real authentic Italian food please look away now! Okay, I’ve warned you! This is not the way your grandma would have taught you to make a traditional marinara sauce. BUT, this is the way we are going to make a marinara sauce today because we are busy people, but us busy people want delicious homemade sauce too! We just don’t have time to make it! Except now we do because we can just use our slow cooker and a few sneaky little shortcuts and with only about 5 minutes of actual work we have a fabulous dinner hours later!
Okay, so this makes about a ton of sauce. And that’s okay! Cause after dinner you can bottle this up in some mason jars and have homemade sauce for your manicotti or lasagna or your meatball subs. Mmmmmm, mmmmmmm, I’m dreaming of the possibilities.The best thing about this recipe besides the results? The fact that all you do is open and pour and measure a couple of things and that’s it! Nothing to saute, nothing to chop. It so easy!! Did I say that already?! Really, really, easy.
I served ours over some gluten-free spaghetti along with some prepared meatballs that I just heated in the oven. Can I just say how much better this was without a jar of prepared sauce?! Just a bit more effort yields much greater results!
- 56 ounces canned crushed tomatoes
- 16 ounces canned roasted garlic tomato sauce
- 6 ounces canned tomato paste
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons jarred minced garlic
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 2 teaspoons sea salt
- 2 teaspoons roasted garlic powder (or regular if you can't find roasted)
- 2 teaspoons freeze dried basil (like Litehouse)
- 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- pinch red pepper flakes
- Add all ingredients to slow cooker
- Stir to combine
- Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 8-9 hours
- Serve with your favorite pasta or as desired
I made this in my 4.5 quart round slow cooker on high for 5 hours, then kept in on warm for another 2 hours
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