Everyone has ‘their thing’ that they cook.  You know, their specialty.  For me, it’s my lasagna.  And the secret to a great lasagna is having a great sauce.  My homemade marinara sauce has been turned into pizza sauces, manicotti, lasagna, topped over homemade ravioli and even just had loaves of french bread dipped into them.  It’s good.  Better than good, really.

And the best part is that it isn’t that difficult and tailor it to your preferences.  Do you have zucchini on had?  Toss it in!  Spinach?  Yum.  Going for a chunkier sauce?  That’s good too.  Extra garlic?  I’m totally good with that.  Once you make this homemade marinara sauce, you can play around with the base recipe to customize your own famous sauce.

Grandma's Slow Cooker Marinara

A few quick FAQ before we get started:

  1. Can I make this using fresh tomatoes?  Yes!  But you will have to add more herbs and personally, I have to add more sugar.  But in the summer, we use tomatoes right out of our garden!
  2. What slow cooker do you use?  I get this question ALL.THE.TIME.  Here is the one that I use most often.  (Yes, we have a few!)
  3. Do you really need a slow cooker liner?  No, but I love them.  Clean up is easier and sometimes I’ve even been known to tie the bag and store it in the refrigerator as is.
  4. Can you freeze this recipe?  Yes.  I recommend using freezer specific jars or using your vacuum sealer. 

Grandma's Slow Cooker Marinara
Grandma's Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce
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This slow cooker marinara sauce is the perfect sauce to make your own! You can customize the sauce with different veggies, cheeses and even the texture that you would like.
Grandma's Slow Cooker Marinara
Grandma's Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce
Print Recipe
This slow cooker marinara sauce is the perfect sauce to make your own! You can customize the sauce with different veggies, cheeses and even the texture that you would like.
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. If you are using a slow cooker liner, put one into your slow cooker.
  2. Empty out a 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes in the slow cooker.
    Grandma's Slow Cooker Marinara
  3. Add 8 oz of tomato sauce and 6 oz can of tomato paste. Mix together until well incorporated.
    Grandma's Slow Cooker Marinara
  4. Dice 2 carrots, 2 stalks of celery and a small onion. Add to the slow cooker.
    Grandma's Slow Cooker Marinara
  5. Add in garlic, bay leaves, basil, oregano, and savory. Season with seasoned salt and pepper. Mix together.
    Grandma's Slow Cooker Marinara
  6. Add in ¼ cup of sugar. We like our sauce sweeter - if you don’t add a bit less. You can play with the sweetness of your sauce.
    Grandma's Slow Cooker Marinara
  7. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours (minimally).
  8. Remove the bay leaves before serving.
    Grandma's Slow Cooker Marinara
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Make it tonight for dinner or pop it in the freezer for an easy dinner later.  If you make this marinara sauce, I would love to see and hear!

Grandma's Slow Cooker Marinara

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