I love marinara. Love, Love, Love.
On pizza, french fries, baked potatoes, pasta, and just about everything else it’s amazing.
I am willing to put in a couple minutes chopping to make the perfect sauce. (By “a couple minutes chopping” I mean pushing the button on my food processor.)
Life can be so hard.
Where to begin…
How about with some fresh basil, garlic and olive oil?
To make things cheaper and easier, I buy large packages of fresh basil and process them in my handy food processor with garlic cloves and olive oil.
Read Basil + Garlic + Olive Oil = Yum for more information.
A great marinara requires sloooowwwww cooking. With a toodler runnning around, tending the stove like an Italian grandmother isn’t practical. Thank goodness for crock pots.
Every time I write about a crock pot and forget to add in a space, my computer wants to change it to crackpots. I think it’s trying to tell me something.
I use the basic recipe from Mom on a Mission (which is the most amazing blog). I say basic because I am
too lazy too accomplished in the kitchen to be bothered with measuring or extra onion chopping.
Into the crock pot goes roughly 90-100 ounces of crushed/diced/sauced tomatoes. If I have been to Costco, I’ll use a #10 can. If not, I’ll use whatever collection of tomatoes I have in the pantry. Honestly, my favorite sauce is made from generic Fred Meyer crushed tomatoes.
Then I add in my basil/oil/garlic mixture (1 cup basil, 8 garlic cloves, 1/4 cup olive oil). Chopped up in the food processor.
Next comes some onion powder (about 1 tbsp.), some salt (about 1.5 tsp), and a sprinkle of pepper (about 1/2 tsp).
Cook on low for 5-6 hours. Stir occasionally. If you cook it longer, it could burn. Trust me.
If the taste of this over some spaghetti doesn’t curl your toes, you need to go visit a doctor because your taste buds might be dead!
Some of the sauce gets used for dinner. Some goes on pizzas. Some goes in the freezer.
Easy Crockpot Marinara
– 90-100 oz Canned Tomatoes (diced, crushed, or sauce)
– 1 cup Fresh Basil Leaves
– 8 Garlic Cloves
– 1/4 cup Olive Oil
– 1 tbsp Onion Powder
– 1.5 tsp Salt
– 1/2 tsp Black Pepper (substitute Cayenne for an extra kick)
1. Pulse Garlic, Basil, and Olive Oil in the food processor until chopped.
2. Add Garlic mixture, Tomatoes, Salt, Pepper, and Onion Powder to crockpot.
3. Cook on low for 5-6 hours.