Rating: 3 stars
6 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
  • 6 Ratings

No need to buy jarred marinara sauce! Customize your own at home with your family's favorite vegetables and seasonings, then prepare it in your slow cooker for an easy weeknight meal.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


Credit: Jacob Fox

Recipe Summary

20 mins
10 hrs
10 hrs 20 mins
8 cups sauce


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • For sauce, in a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker combine tomatoes, carrots, celery, onion, and sweet pepper. Stir in tomato paste, the water, sugar, Italian seasoning, bay leaf, garlic, salt, and black pepper.

  • Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 10 to 12 hours or on high-heat setting for 5 to 6 hours.

  • Remove and discard bay leaf. If desired, stir in fresh basil and/or oregano leaves. Working in batches, transfer sauce to a blender or food processor; cover and blend or process until smooth. Pour sauce over hot cooked pasta; toss gently to coat. Sprinkle with cheese and, if desired, garnish with fresh herb sprigs.

*Make-It-Mine Alternate Ingredients:

Options for Diced Tomatoes with Herbs: Three undrained 14.5-ounce cans no-salt-added fire-roasted diced tomatoes or no-salt-added stewed tomatoes, cut up (omit sugar if using the stewed tomatoes)Options for Carrots: 2 cups peeled and coarsely chopped eggplant or parsnipsOptions for Celery: 1 1/2 cups sliced fennel or celeriacOptions for Chopped Onion: 1 cup sliced leeks, shallots, or green onions, or frozen small whole onionsOptions for Sweet Pepper: 1 cup coarsely chopped fresh portobello mushrooms, sliced fresh button mushrooms, or roasted red sweet pepper stripsOptions for Italian Seasoning: 2 teaspoons dried basil, thyme, rosemary, oregano, cilantro, or fines herbes

To Store:

Spoon cooled marinara sauce into freezer containers. Seal and freeze for up to 4 months. To serve, thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Reheat in a saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally.

Nutrition Facts

259 calories; fat 1g; carbohydrates 53g; insoluble fiber 11g; sugars 14g; protein 10g; vitamin a 4407.6IU; vitamin c 12.3mg; thiamin 0.4mg; riboflavin 0.2mg; niacin equivalents 3.6mg; vitamin b6 0.2mg; folate 119.6mcg; sodium 263mg; potassium 369mg; calcium 28mg; iron 2mg.