Slow Cooker Marinara

This recipe costs just over $5 and 8 hours to makes! I don’t usually like tomato based sauces and I actually enjoyed this one.

The Recipe:
2 cans crushed tomatoes
1 can tomato paste
1 medium yellow onion, diced
1/2 tbsp. minced garlic
2 whole bay leaves
1 tbsp. dried basil
1/2 tbsp. dried oregano
1 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Place all ingredients (except salt and pepper) in the slow cooker.

2. Cook on low for 8 hours.

3. Remove the bay leaves, season with salt and pepper and stir.

My Experience:

Super easy. Woke up in the morning, threw everything in the slow cooker (I had pre-diced the onion and pre-minced the garlic the night before) and the sauce was ready when I got home from work. Oh and my apartment smelled really good when I got home!

The recipe makes a fairly large batch but is freezer friendly. Just make sure to cool the sauce completely before freezing.

This marinara was used for 3 things:

1. As the tomato sauce for an Avocado Chicken Parmigiana recipe

2. Sauce on pasta (served with the chicken Parmesan)

3. As the pizza sauce on Cauliflower Pizza (recipe to come)

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