Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce

I have a serious problem with my tomato garden, too many tomatoes!! I have yet to convince my husband to stalk the plants instead of just caging them, so every year they fall over. I can almost live with it, except that the tomatoes blemish easily because of getting to much water, or more so, lack of sun in the back of the garden to allow them to dry out a bit. Of course, there is nothing wrong with them, they just don’t look pretty enough to give to the neighbors.

 

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I always use blemished tomatoes to make sauce, but now I didn’t have time to do it on the stove with having to stop and stir it often, turn it off while I picked my daughter up from the bus stop, and not have room on the stove to make dinner (since this wasn’t dinner that night, it’s best refrigerated for a day to thicken and let the flavors meld). So, out came my slow cooker. I don’t use it nearly as much as I should, I guess being a stay at home mom I don’t really need to start dinner hours early, but sometimes it comes in handy.

This isn’t a sauce to put together on a weekday morning, it takes too long, but great to put together and let simmer all day on a Sunday, then just boil some pasta and top with this Slow Cooker Marinara on a busy weeknight. It’s not overly fancy, just fresh ingredients and low and slow simmering. Crush the tomatoes over a bowl, and don’t get rid of that juice, you can use it to make fresh tomato juice! It’s so simple to make, I’ll be posting the recipe soon!

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After simmering all day, I allowed the sauce to cool down, put it in a container, and refrigerated it overnight. Then I had to decide whether to leave the sauce chunky, puree it completely, or just give it a quick run through with my immersion blender to leave it slightly thick. I was going to puree it completely so I added tomato paste into the pot with the sauce to thicken it up (check out my friend Ann’s recipe for fresh tomato paste for more ways to use garden tomatoes. Too bad I saw it after this was done!) and started to puree it with my immersion blend. And then it fell apart!! Not my sauce, my immersion blender, my favorite kitchen tool, broken!! It’s over 10 years old, so I guess the glue holding it together finally gave up. Funeral will be held Friday at 6:30. Luckily, I was able to salvage the sauce, slightly thick.

 

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This sauce would be perfect left chunky for heartier pastas like rigatoni, slightly thick for  spaghetti, or thin for angel hair pasta! Enjoy!

 

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Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce
 
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Marinara Sauce with fresh ingredients slow simmered in the slow cooker all day for perfect flavor.
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Recipe type: Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: makes about 10 cups
Ingredients
  • about 18 garden fresh tomatoes
  • heaping 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 carrot, finely shredded
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons extra light olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
Instructions
  1. Cut blemished parts off of tomatoes. Crush tomatoes with your hands over a bowl to remove as much of the seeds as possible, until you have 6 cups of crushed tomatoes.
  2. Add olive oil to the slow cooker, stir in all the crushed tomatoes, chopped onions, garlic, shredded carrot, parsley, and sugar. Cover and simmer on low for 8 hours. Let cool and refrigerate overnight.

 

95 Easy Crock Pot Dinners

Easy Crock Pot Dinners

This might be the greatest collection of crock pot/slow cooker recipes ever! I can only take credit for a few of these recipes ( and mouth-watering pictures!), instead the thanks goes to all the wonderful foodies that contributed to this collection. There are easy chicken recipes, easy beef recipes, easy pork recipes, almost anything you can think of! Some of them are similar, but yet not exactly the same, and I couldn’t find one I wouldn’t want to try myself. I organized them in alphabetical order according to main ingredient, and they range from beef to vegetarian so there is something for everyone! Are you ready? Then let’s dive into these delicious and easy recipes!

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Beef: 

Slow Cooker French Onion Roast Beef from Rants From My Crazy Kitchen

Crock Pot Balsamic Roast from Julies Eats and Treats

Slow Cooker Spinach Meatballs and Spaghetti Squash from Kitchen Tested

Slow Cooker Mexican Red Chili Tacos from A Cedar Spoon

Secret Ingredient Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff by Frugal Foodie Mama

Sweet Korean BBQ Beef Tacos from Diethood

Super Simple Slow Cooker Steak Pizzaiola from Cupcakes and Kale Chips

Manly Meaty Chili from Cravings of a Lunatic

Slow Cooker Aloha Chili from Cupcakes and Kale Chips

Award Winning Chili from Rants From My Crazy Kitchen

Crock Pot Mongolian Beef from Very Culinary

Korean Style Short Ribs from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks

Slow-Cooker Mongolian Beef Stew from Cupcakes and Kale Chips

Slow Cooker Chile Colorado Style Beef from Noble Pig

Crock-Pot Carne Asada Lettuce Wraps from So…Let’s Hang Out

Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage from Very Culinary

Taco Soup from Rants From My Crazy Kitchen

Zingy Slow Cooker Hamburger Soup from Noble Pig

Slow-Cooker Beef Brisket with Bourbon BBQ Sauce {Gluten Free and Paleo} from So…Let’s Hang Out

Applewood Smoked Shredded Beef Tacos from The Adventure Bite

Easy Pot Roast from Back for Seconds

Slow Cooker Sante Fe Meatloaf from Mom On Time Out

Sloppy Joes from Taste Love & Nourish

Slow Cooker Philly Cheesesteaks from Mom On Time Out

Low-Carb Slow Cooker Chunky Beefy Vegetable Soup from Yours and Mine Are Ours

Slow Cooker Roast Beef with Easy Gluten Free Gravy from Everyday Maven

Crockpot Stew from Like Mother Like Daughter

Slow Cooker Winter Squash Beef Stew from Will Cook For Smiles

Slow Cooker Braised Beef and Mushroom Soup from Rants From My Crazy Kitchen

Chicken and Turkey 

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast and Gravy from Rants From My Crazy Kitchen

Crock-Pot Creamy Corn Chowder from Two Healthy Kitchens

Brown Sugar Candy Chicken from Kitchen Tested

Crock-Pot Chicken Tacos from Confessions of a Cooking Diva

Slow Cooker Dr Pepper Shredded Chicken from Girli Chef

Crock Pot Chicken Teriyaki from Julies Eats and Treats

Easy Celery Rice Soup from Farm Fresh Feasts

3-Ingredient Crock-Pot Chicken Tacos from Two Healthy Kitchens

Spicy White Chicken Chili (crockpot) from Girli Chef

Crock Pot Chicken Adobe from Farm Fresh Feasts

Creamy Crock Pot Chicken Marsala from Frugal Foodie Mama

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Drumsticks from Diethood

Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken & Black Bean Tacos from Cupcakes and Kale Chips

Slow Cooker {Roasted} Chicken from A Southern Fairytale

Crock Pot Bourbon Street Chicken from Cupcake Diaries

Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken from Very Culinary

Cheese Stuffed Apple Chicken Meatballs (Slow Cooker) from The Law Student’s Wife

Slow Cooker Chicken Chile Verde {Gluten Free, Dairy Free Paleo Friendly} from Tasty Yummies

Slow Cooker Chicken Marrakesh from Flavor Mosaic

Slow Cooker Thai Chicken from The Law Student’s Wife

Easy Crockpot Chicken Chili from Flavor Mosaic

Skinny Slow Cooker Southwest Chicken Soup from Back for Seconds

Root Beer Crock Pot Chicken Sammies from Wine and Glue

Slow Cooker Hoisin Shredded Chicken Sandwich from Cookin’ Canuck

Healthy Crockpot Turkey Meatballs in a Tomato-Spinach Sauce from Overtime Cook

Easy Cheesy Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan from Mom On Time Out

Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup with Black Beans and Corn from Cookin’ Canuck

Apricot-Orange Slow Cooker Chicken from Mom On Time Out

The Chicken That Ate The Pig- Stuffed Chicken from Your and Mine Are Ours

4-Ingredient Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken from Running to the Kitchen

Crockpot Quinoa, Sweet Potato, and Chicken Fajitas from Chelsea’s Messy Apron

Slow Cooker Tex Mex Pulled Chicken Sammies from Wine and Glue

Slow Cooker Chicken Sausage and Peppers from Aggie’s Kitchen

Crockpot Chicken Tacos from Like Mother Like Daughter

Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken from Will Cook For Smiles

Crock Pot Salsa Chicken from Rants From My Crazy Kitchen

Crockpot Qdoba Night from Wine and Glue

Pasta: 

Slow Cooker Spicy Lasagna from Rants From My Crazy Kitchen

Crock Pot Cheese Ravioli with Meat Sauce from Cupcake Diaries

Crock Pot Mac and Cheese from Cupcake Diaries

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese from Snappy Gourmet

Creamy Tortellini Soup from Bake.Love.Give.

Pork:

Slow Cooker Apple Butter Pork Chops from Frugal Foodie Mama

Slow Cooker Apple Bourbon BBQ Pork Sandwiches from A Cedar Spoon

Slow Cooker Apple-Cranberry Bourbon BBQ Pork Loin Roast from Frugal Foodie Mama

Balsamic Brown Sugar-Glazed Pork Tenderloin (Slow Cooker) from Girli Chef

Slow Cooker Barbecue Pulled Pork from A Cedar Spoon

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork from Karen’s Kitchen Stories

Slow Cooker Apple Pork Loin from The Kitchen is My Playground

Slow Cooker Asian Pork Loin from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks

5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Ribs from The Weary Chef

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Chile Verde from Noble Pig

Totally Easy Slow-Cooker Kalua Pork from So…Let’s Hang Out

Slow Cooker Cranberry Chipotle BBQ Pork Sliders from Snappy Gourmet

Tomatillo Pork Burritos from The Adventure Bite

Sweet Korean BBQ Ribs from Back for Seconds

Crockpot Chipotle Pulled Pork with Avocado Ranch Sauce from Food Faith Fitness

Crock Pot BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches from Like Mother Like Daughter

Seafood:

Slow Cooker Clam Chowder from The Kitchen is My Playground

Slow Cooker Shrimp Creole from Yours and Mine Are Ours

Clam Chowder in the Crock Pot from Back for Seconds

Vegetable and Vegetarian/Vegan:

Butternut Squash and Chickpea Coconut Curry (Crockpot Recipe) from Tasty Yummies

Slow Cooked Black Bean Tacos with Vegan Chipotle Cream {Gluten Free & Vegan} from Tasty Yummies

Chipotle Black Bean and Quinoa Crock-Pot Stew -Vegan + Gluten Free from Tasty Yummies

Unbelievably Easy Crock Pot Garlic Mashed Potatoes from Kitchen Treaty

Crockpot Red Potato Soup from Chelsea’s Messy Apron

 

Easy Crock Pot Dinners 3

If you made it through all that, tell me which one you want to try first? I found a few I will be trying, possibly adapting, so you might see my versions soon!

Slow Cooker French Onion Roast Beef

We bought and installed a pool this week! Our daughter is turning 4 on July 6th, so it’s part of her birthday present, but you can bet that I will be in there, too :) It’s only a 30 inch pool (the highest my city will allow without a permit and fencing) but I’m 5 Ft tall, so half my height works for me! It really is a lot bigger than it sounds.

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Now with the addition of the pool, my summer’s are going to be more busy than they already are. In the summer, I need quick and easy recipes or those that I can fairly easily throw together in my crock pot. I had a beef roast sitting in my freezer waiting to be cooked, but I knew it would probably be Fall before I could get around to roasting it in the oven. So I had an idea of making it in the crock pot with some homemade French onion soup that I had frozen a while ago. I was excited about this NEW idea, until my husband told me his grandmother used to make it all the time. Oh, well, it’s all been done before! I had made it already by the time he told me his grandmother used to make it, so I’m going to share it with you in case, like me, you never heard of it before :)

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Crock Pot French Onion Roast Beef 

3 pound beef round rump roast

2 cups peeled and  sliced carrots

20 ounces French onion soup (homemade or diluted canned)*

Fresh ground black pepper and salt to taste*

3 tablespoons cornstarch or flour

*I used 20 ounces because that’s what I had in one container frozen. One can, diluted with a full can of water, equals about 21 ounces. You may want to omit any additional salt if using canned.

Place the beef in the bottom of  the slow cooker with the sliced carrots. Pour the French onion soup over the beef and carrots and sprinkle with salt and fresh ground pepper. Cook on HIGH for 5 to 6 hours or on LOW for about 10 hours, depending on how well done you want your roast. If a more rare roast is desired, check the beef at about 3 hours on HIGH or 7 hours on LOW. About 10 minutes before serving remove the roast to a cutting board, and the carrots and onions to a bowl, leaving the broth in the slow cooker. Wisk the cornstarch or flour with a little bit of water ( enough to make a thin paste) and pour into the broth, stir well for about 1 minute, and leave to thicken while you slice the beef. You can also remove the broth to a small pot and prepare the gravy on the stove, by bringing the broth to a boil, adding the cornstarch mixture and wisking for 1 minute. The stove top method will result in a slightly thicker gravy. Top sliced beef with the gravy, and serve with whatever sides you like! I made cheddar cheese mashed potatoes, but my Ranch Red Skinned Mashed Potatoes would be great with it.