Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce Recipe

Healthy Homemade Marinara Sauce made in a slow cooker.
Homemade Marinara Sauce
If you're like me, you routinely hit end of the year sales for cheap pasta and other dry goods.  After all, as Confucius unnervingly reminds us, “He who does not economize will have to agonize.” So now I've got a cabinet full of pasta that just needs a sauce. What I like about this particular marinara recipe is that it can be made in advance and kept in the freezer. Amazon has serving-size containers that are perfect for this: Ikea Freezer-Safe Food Containers. These freezer labels are really handy, too.

Recipe by Dorothy VanDeest

Makes 12 servings
(Ideal slow-cooker size: 4-quart)

Calories per serving: 50 ♥ Fat: 2.5g ♥ Carbs: 8g ♥ Fiber: 2g ♥ Protein: 1g ♥ Sodium: 15mg ♥ Cholesterol: 0mg  ♥ Points Plus: 1 ♥ Old Points: 1

Easy Homemade Marinara Sauce

  • 2  28-oz. cans low-sodium whole tomatoes
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, pared and finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • ½ tsp. salt

  1. Puree tomatoes in blender or food processor.
  2. In a skillet, sauté onions, carrots, and garlic in oil until tender. Do not brown.
  3. Combine all of the ingredients in a slow cooker and stir well.
  4. Cover. Cook on low for 6-10 hours.
  5. Remove cover and stir well.
  6. Cook on high uncovered for 1 hour for a thicker marinara sauce.
  7. Enjoy lightly!

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