Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce

This is a very economical way to keep red sauce on-hand.  It is freezer-friendly, tasty and healthy!  I use it all the time on pizza and for pasta dishes like ziti, lasagna, chicken parm....anything!  I buy the #10 cans of crushed tomatoes at Sam's for about $3.  Also, feel free to change up the seasonings to your liking.  I usually am out of basil everytime I make this {don't know why} so I use thyme or even the Italian Seasoning blend.  Portion out in freezer bags and freeze up to 3-6 months.

Easy Crockpot Marinara – makes about 14 cups of sauce (from Life As Mom)

1/4 cup olive oil
2 large onions, diced
#10 can crushed tomatoes
1-2 cups water to achieve your preferred consistency
1 Tablespoon salt (I would taste before adding...many canned tomates are pretty salty)
1 Tablespoon garlic powder
1 Tablespoon parsley flakes
2 Tablespoons dried basil
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (feel free to omit)

In large skillet, heat olive oil and cook onion until softened. Spoon onions into crockpot. Add crushed tomatoes, water, and spices. Cover and cook on low all day. Adjust seasonings to taste. Cool and freeze.

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