Thursday, January 26, 2012

slow cooker basic marinara sauce

Now that I am a stay at home mom I am trying to find as many short cuts and tricks to still get a home cook meal on the table without having to leave the park early and spend hours in the kitchen.  Learning  to master my slow cooker is my personal challenge for 2012.  This recipe makes a ton of marinara sauce.  I portioned it out and froze it for future meals which helps a ton when you are trying to throw together a quick home cooked meal.  Not only is this marinara sauce easy and tasty but, it is the perfect vehicle to hide some extra veggies in the kids meals.  We had it one night as written below.  There was no revolt which is always a score when introducing a new recipe to my family.  The next night I pureed carrots and zucchini and added them into the sauce while reheating it and no one made a peep.  This is a great basic sauce which you can use in a ton of different ways and doctor it up to your families taste.  Enjoy!

slow cooker basic marinara sauce
source: slow cooker revolution

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 onions, minced
6 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 anchovy fillets, rinsed patted dry and minced
pinch red pepper flakes
1 cup dry red wine
1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
1 28 ounce can tomato sauce
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 cup minced fresh basil
2 teaspoons sugar
salt and pepper

Heat oil in skillet over medium high heat.  Add onions through red pepper flakes.  Cook until onions are soft and slightly browned, ~8-10 minutes.  Stir in wine.  Scrap up brown bits and simmer until slightly thickened, ~ 5 minutes.  Transfer to slow cooker.

Stir crushed tomatoes through soy sauce into slow cooker.  Cover and cook for 9 - 11 hours on low or 5 to 7 hours on high.

Before serving stir in basil and sugar.  Add salt and pepper to taste.


beti said...

I also want to master the slow cooker, I barely use it but I love simple recipes like this one

That Girl said...

It's funny, you'd think that when you stay at home the slow cooker would be less necessary, but like you, I'm finding it to be even more useful now.

Aimee said...

I just made some slow cooker pizza sauce for the first time. Delish. Loving your recipe!!

Anonymous said...

Ohhh how I love homemade marinara sauce. Yours sounds fabulous! x

Leslie said...

Spaghetti sauce is the one thing that I make huge batches of to freeze..I make big batches of meatballs to and freeze them too!!! Love that you made this in the slow cooker!

Joanne said...

I really should make this and store it in the fridge for instant pizza sauce, etc. Great idea!

Deborah said...

I don't know why I've never thought to do marinara in the slow cooker - what a great idea! I bet the flavor is amazing after cooking all day!

Kitchen Belleicious said...

It sounds fantastic. I love making my own sauces like this but never tried the slow cooker before. TIl now that is- i am doing this pronto

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a pretty good Super Bowl meal snack :)

Julia said...

Mastering the slow cooker is my personal challenge this year too! I'm pretty pumped that you used a mason jar in the picture too, since they are my favorite ;)

Bizzy B. Bakes said...

I am trying to use my slow cooker more often, also. I am planning on making potato soup, this week, in the crockpot.

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