The perfect marinara sauce for all your pasta and pizza recipes!
I love pizza and pasta, I’m sure you know that by now. And pasta was always an easy go-to recipe in my house because it was quick and easy. I used to buy the jars of sauce at the store without thinking about all of the ingredients, amount of sugar, or preservatives. So I decided I wanted to figure out how to make my own!
Slow Cooker Marinara Pasta Sauce
My recipe is inspired by the slow cooker marinara recipe from BudgetBytes! I love, love, love her recipes and how she shows her readers that you can eat well on a budget. For the most part, our recipes are pretty similar with a few tweaks. So most of the credit goes to her! But my changes came from the fact that I didn’t have all the necessary ingredients for her recipe one day so I improvised.
This sauce is so freaking good! When Briam first smelled it (yes, love at first smell) he was so excited to stick a spoon into the slow cooker. After 8 hours in the slow cooker, my house smelled like the most amazing Italian restaurant and I wanted to put that sauce on everything. For me, I was able to make 32oz of sauce for about $6 worth of ingredients! That’s awesome! I like to store them in mason jars that can easily go from my freezer to my fridge whenever the first one runs out! I ended up making Briam a hearty, cheesy, meaty lasagna for his lunches this week so not much sauce got stored. But that’s alright! He’ll be eating like a king at lunchtime.
- 28oz can Crushed Tomatoes
- 28oz can Tomato Puree
- 6oz can Tomato Paste
- 1 TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 TBSP Granulated Sugar
- 1 TBSP Dried Basil
- 1 TBSP Dried Oregano
- 3-4 Bay Leaves
- 1/2 TBSP Black Pepper
- 1/2 TBSP Salt
- 1 TBSP Minced Garlic
- Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes
- Combine everything into your slow cooker and stir to combine.
- Set you slow cooker to "low" and let sit for 6-8 hours stirring occasional.
- Let cool just a bit and then transfer the sauce to storage containers of your choice.
- You can totally leave out the red pepper flakes or add more if you want extra heat! This keeps in the freezer for a good month+. I just bring one down to the fridge whenever I run out!
Do you prefer to make things from scratch? Do you want to learn?
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