Updated: Aug 29, 2020
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The idea of making homemade marinara sauce seems daunting...until you break out a secret weapon: the slow cooker!
Make sauce just like nonna used to make, just without slaving over a hot stove all day. The slow cooker does everything for you. Just toss your ingredients in, set in on low, and have your house smell like pizza for the next seven hours.
You’ll never buy marinara sauce from the store again after seeing how delicious and easy this recipe is. Make a big batch and freeze some of it for all your future pizza, pasta, and lasagna needs.
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Makes About 10 Servings
1 - Yellow Onion - Diced
4-5 - Garlic Cloves - Minced
80 g - Tomato Paste
½ tbsp - Balsamic Vinegar
2 x 14.5 oz Cans - Diced, Fire Roasted Tomatoes - Sub canned tomatoes
1 - Bay Leaf
2 - Basil Sprigs
1 tsp - Dried Oregano
2 tsp - Dried Basil
1 tsp = Red Pepper Flakes - Optional
¾ tsp - Garlic Powder
1 tbsp - Kosher Salt - Plus more to taste
2 tsp - Black Pepper - Plus more to taste
Optional Step: To a pan over medium heat, using nonstick cooking method of choice (i.e. oil, nonstick cookware, cooking spray, etc), add onions and garlic. Saute until onion is translucent and garlic is fragrant.
Add all ingredients to a slow cooker. Stir and cover. Cook on low for 7 hours.
Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed.
Allow to cool and store in the fridge for up to a week or freezer for up to 4 months.
Looking for a quicker way to make marinara sauce that tastes just as good? Make this Easy Marinara Sauce and have it done in 40 minutes.