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Quick and Easy Marinara Sauce, a slow cooker recipe

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During one of our visits to the library, I picked up the book, SLOW COOKING FOR TWO

Quick and Easy Homemade Marinara Sauce, a slow cooker recipe. Your own homemade goodness, from the pantry.
Quick and Easy Marinara Sauce, from Slow Cooking for Two.

The premise of the book is great, small batch, slow cooker recipes. Like many cookbooks, this one contained several recipes using chicken thighs. For the two of us, that is perfect, as chicken thighs are a favorite around here. 

I also noticed a simple red sauce, immediately I knew I wanted to make. But to be honest I felt that to put the slow cooker to work would be a waste if I did not fill it up. So I reversed the process and adapted the recipe to make enough for three meals. Red sauce is perfect for that way of thinking (and cooking!) because it freezes great and is very handy to have available for quick meals at a moment's notice. 

I like to keep a jar or two of quality marinara sauce in the pantry, but truth is I would rather make my own. Also jarred sauce can be a bit expensive. Most commercial jars of sauce contain 2 1/2 - 3 cups in volume. This recipe makes enough for 3 packages of sauce, for about half the price. Plus you get to control the ingredients. 

This sauce is delicious, but it is not overpowering in any way. Which really is the success with jarred sauces. With commercially prepared jar sauce, you can dress it up if you wish or serve as is. This sauce is exactly like jarred sauce, except you get to have the satisfaction of making it yourself. 

Quick and Easy Homemade Marinara Sauce, a slow cooker recipe. Make sauce as convenient as jarred sauce, but homemade better!
Quick and Easy Marinara Sauce, made from pantry ingredients.
Quick and Easy Marinara Sauce, a slow cooker recipe
adapted from: SLOW COOKING FOR TWO
makes three  containers of sauce 

4 14oz cans diced tomatoes
1 6 oz can tomato paste
1/2 c diced onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 T olive oil
2 t oregano
4 t basil
2 T brown sugar
1/2 t salt
fresh ground pepper

Saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil until transparent and beginning to soften, do not brown. Add to the bottom of a 4 qt slow cooker. Add remaining ingredients, stir, cover and cook on low for 8 hours.

Using a stick blender (or carefully in batches in a regular blender) puree until evenly textured. Let cook, package and freeze for future meals.


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  1. I can't wait to give this recipe a try. I am always looking for ways to use my slow cooker. It is my dinner time sanity saver and this will be a great recipe to have in my arsenal.
    So glad I saw this over on the Simple Homestead Blog Hop!
    Tracy Lynn

  2. I too would rather make my own. I like the idea of using the slow cooker to make this sauce.

    1. I really liked the way this turned out, it is really good.

  3. This sounds like a great sauce! Thanks for sharing on the What's for Dinner link up!

  4. My slow cooker in under utilized! I love marinara sauce and how wonderful that it can be made in a slow cooker!

  5. This is a great recipe for me to have, more and more it is just the two of us for dinner. We always love your recipes at Full Plate Thursday, thanks so much for sharing them with us!
    Miz Helen

  6. This looks good and simple. I love anything that can go in the slow cooker.

    1. I hope you try it, it is really good and so easy.

  7. Love this! Will try in the future.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Hopping by and following your lovely blog. I also hope you are hungry for Chicken Scaloppini with Lemon http://thequietmom.com/blog/recipe/chicken-scaloppini-lemon :)

  8. You can never go wrong with a goo homemade red sauce. I will try t;khis in the instant pot.

    1. Let me know how it turns out, I have one also and have been experimenting with it.

  9. I love a good homemade marinara sauce, Melynda, and yours sounds delicious! Love that it is made in the slow cooker too. Thank you for sharing with us at Hearth and Soul. Hope to see you at the party again this week!


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