Whip up some tasty homemade Crock-Pot Marinara Sauce. This recipe is so simple and tasty and easy to make! Freeze in containers for pasta any night!
Crock-Pot Marinara Sauce
Thanks to reader Ashley K. for sending us in this great and simple recipe for homemade slow cooker marinara!
This marinara sauce has all the flavors you would expect in an authentic marinara sauce. Tomatoes (of course), garlic, fresh basil and a touch of sweetness from some balsamic vinegar.
When making this marinara sauce you are going to get the best results when you use the best quality ingredients you can find.
Use either home canned tomatoes that you put up from your summer garden or a high quality brand of canned tomatoes from the store. If you can find them San Marzano tomatoes and crushed tomatoes is going to give you excellent results.
And while you can use dried basil if you are making this sauce out of season, it really is best to use fresh basil. I always grow a huge pot of fresh basil each year but even in the middle of winter I can find fresh basil in the produce section at my local grocery store. So use fresh if you can!
Other than that, this is a super easy recipe where you basically just dump everything in your slow cooker and let it cook for a few hours until the flavors have really melded together.
Once done this sauce is ready for your favorite Italian dishes, from pasta to lasagna.
And it also freezes beautifully too, just ladle the sauce into your favorite freezer containers and pop into the freezer where it will be best used within 1 year from the date you freeze it.
Ingredients needed for slow cooker marinara sauce:
- Minced garlic
- Canned diced tomatoes
- Canned crushed tomatoes
- Canned tomato paste
- Minced fresh basil
- Onion powder
- Italian seasoning
- Balsamic Vinegar
Instructions to make slow cooker marinara sauce:
- Dump everything in the slow cooker (a 3 to 4 quart works great, use a larger slow cooker if you want to double the recipe).
- Give everything a quick stir.
- Cover and cook on LOW heat for 3 to 4 hours (add an extra hour or two if doubling the recipe).
- Serve and enjoy over pasta or in your favorite Italian recipe. OR refrigerate or freeze it for later.
More fantastic slow cooked Italian inspired recipes too!
- Baked Spaghetti
- Chicken Parmigiana Meatloaf
- Lasagna Ricotta Rolls
- Easy Pizza Soup
- Easy Italian Sausage & Pepper Sandwiches