Easy Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce- Never Buy Sauce In A Jar Again!

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I’ve always thought about making homemade spaghetti sauce. (Keyword: thought). The process of buying a bunch of tomatoes (expensive!), de-seeding them (tedious!), and finding the correct ratio of wine:seasonings: tomato juice (intimidating!) always seemed too overwhelming and time-consuming.

Enter the fantastic food blog Budget Bytes. I love this woman. (She doesn’t know me, but I love her anyway.) Her recipes are soooo good and friendly on the wallet, too.  One day I came across her recipe for Slow Cooker Marinara. I looked at the list of ingredients and I was immediately sold.  She uses canned tomatoes instead of fresh, so I thought, Okay, I might be able to do this!

Essentially, all you do is throw a bunch of ingredients in a crock pot and WAIT, while your kitchen fills up with the delicious smells of rich tomato sauce.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 (28 oz.) cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • ½ Tbsp minced garlic (more if you’re warding off vampires or if you just LOVE garlic, like me)
  • 2  bay leaves
  • 1 Tbsp dried basil ( I use crushed tomatoes with basil, instead; see photo below)
  • ½ Tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • to taste salt & pepper
 Here’s what you need to do:

First, I added a layer of onions and frozen meatballs to the bottom of the crockpot, but you don’t need to add meat if you don’t want to.

Next, add the crushed tomatoes and tomato paste.
Then, add the seasonings: brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, bay leaves, basil, oregano, and freshly cracked pepper.
Stir it all up and cook on LOW for 8 hours.
When the sauce is done, add salt to taste.
That’s it. I told you it was easy.
Trust me, you won’t ever want to buy spaghetti sauce from a jar again once you try this delicious recipe. Enjoy!

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Julie Davis
Julie Davis has an eye for design and a way with words that landed her in the world of social media + blogging. She freelances as a social media specialist, but in her spare time, she likes to take family bike rides, listen to live music, throw parties, and sneak away with her husband for dinner out. She blogs occasionally at On Neutral Ground Follow her on Twitter at @onneutralgrnd .
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