Easy Crock Pot Marinara Sauce

Easy Crock Pot Marinara Sauce

My easy Crock Pot Marinara Sauce recipe is perfect for busy winter days!

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Easy Crock Pot Marinara Sauce recipe / Running in a Skirt

I’m hoping off the all things Thanksgiving train to help you out with some of those busy days surrounding Thanksgiving and the upcoming winter season.  I don’t know about you, but it can be hard to get a quick meal on the table all those days that AREN’T the holiday.

Enter my Crock Pot Marinara Sauce recipe.  

Easy Crock Pot Marinara Sauce recipe / Running in a Skirt

Crock Pot Marinara Sauce recipe

This Crock Pot Marinara Sauce recipe is simple and versatile.   Yes, it’s a pretty classic meal but my version doesn’t have sugar AND has that amazing homemade taste that’s hard to get any other way.

You just throw canned tomatoes, onions and spices in the Crock Pot or slow cooker in the morning and let it simmer all day.  I even add some “hidden” veggies like a carrot.  It gets chopped up really fine and you don’t even notice it.  It does add some nice flavor and natural sweetness to the meal though.

Easy Crock Pot Marinara Sauce recipe / Running in a Skirt

When you get home you can leave the sauce chunky, or use an immersion blender to puree until smooth.

I personally love the smooth Crock Pot Marinara Sauce recipe.  Look how fresh this looks and it seriously could not get any easier.

Easy Crock Pot Marinara Sauce recipe / Running in a Skirt

As for what to put the sauce on???  You’ve got lots of great options but I love a good simple Penne pasta.  It’s really a crowd favorite.

Barilla Classic Blue Box Pasta makes a tasty, high quality, simple, wholesome and affordable addition to your pantry.   As a runner, I love carbs and always keep some of this in my pantry.

Crock Pot Marinara Sauce recipe / Running in a Skirt

Barilla Classic Blue Box Pasta is great for busy days and is actually an authentic Italian food brand.  And in full Italian style the pasta brings well being and quality taste to your table!

Did you know they are actually the #1 choice of Italy?  And ever since I went to Italy I’ve been all about following their lead when it comes to pasta.  YUMMY!

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And what goes better with a pasta dinner than wine?

I know red is the traditional pairing with this, but I’m a big chardonnay fan.  Clos Du Bois Chardonnay is one of my go-to’s for a refined and delicious bottle on a budget.  It’s such a great value for the taste you get!

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Clos du Bois is a California wine, made the French way.  It’s Romantic, Elegant, Approachable, Lighthearted, Vibrant, Joie de Vivre. <— How’s that for a little spunk to your dinner.

I know picking out a good wine in the store can be a little daunting if you don’t know what you are looking for, but I always trust this brand to get an approachable elegant glass.  I’ll be including the wine in my holiday entertaining and with meals like this!  They pair great with pasta too!

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The Chardonnay is bright, refreshing and fruit forward without being too oak-y.  You can expect to taste a little ripe apple, pear, sweet lemon drop, toasty oak, vanilla bean, spice, butter.

If you are red fan, I also suggest trying out their Cabernet for your holiday meals.

The pasta and wine can be easily found at your favorite grocery store.


This simple meal is great for a weekday meal or even wonderful to serve house guests who may be staying the entire holiday weekend.  I mean you can only eat turkey for so many days before you need a complete change of pace and this Crock Pot Marinara Sauce recipe delivers.

The combination of this homemade Crock Pot Marinara Sauce recipe, Barilla Classic Blue Box pasta and Clos du Bois wines will be the talk of your table!

Easy Crock Pot Marinara Sauce recipe / Running in a Skirt

Want more “Talk of the Table” recipes from Barilla Pasta and Clos du Bois wines?  Check out this post for additional recipe inspiration!  Also follow Barilla on Twitter and Pinterest for great foodie ideas.

I hope you enjoy the recipe and as always, I’d love to hear what you think!


Easy Crock Pot Marinara Sauce recipe / Running in a Skirt

Easy & Healthy Crock Pot Marinara Sauce

Julie Wunder
No sugar added easy and healthy Crock Pot Marinara Sauce. Clean eating and delicious!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 10 mins
Course Crock Pot
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4
Calories 132 kcal


  • 2 20 ounce cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • 1 medium sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • pinch red pepper flakes, optional
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon salt, to taste
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon pepper, to taste


  • Put all ingredients in a Crock Pot and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.
  • Once cooked, you can use an immersion blender to make the sauce smooth like the photo! You can also leave it chunky.


You can sub 8 cups of fresh chopped tomatoes in the summer.
Jarred marinara sauce often has sugar in it, so you will be missing that flavor. You can add a small amount to duplicate that flavoring but I like this sugar-free version!


Calories: 132kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 6gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 762mgPotassium: 1149mgFiber: 7gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 3661IUVitamin C: 31mgCalcium: 142mgIron: 5mg
Keyword Crock Pot Marinara, Slow Cooker Marinara
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Easy Crock Pot Marinara Sauce recipe / Running in a Skirt

Also try these vegetarian Crock Pot dinners!

Crock Pot Mexican Quinoa Bake

Crock Pot Vegetarian Mexican Quinoa Bake / Running in a Skirt


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Crock Pot Cauliflower Cheddar Soup

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By | 2020-06-23T14:35:02-04:00 November 17th, 2016|All Vegetarian, Crock Pot Meals, Dinner, Food, Vegetarian Meals|68 Comments


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  4. Kimmythevegan November 21, 2016 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    I really love pasta – it’s my favourite. It’s warm & comforting and delicious. And cooking it in a crockpot would really allow all of the wonderful flavours to meld. I can’t wait to try it out =)
    Thanks os much for sharing at Healthy Vegan Fridays! I’m pinning & sharing. Hope you’re having a great week!

    • JulieWunder November 30, 2016 at 8:54 pm - Reply

      Oh I know! It is the best! Thanks for hosting.

  5. Miz Helen November 21, 2016 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    Thanks so much for linking up with Full Plate Thursday! We will have an early Thanksgiving Edition on 11-22 -16, hope to see you there!
    Wishing you a bountiful Thanksgiving!
    Miz Helen

  6. Carrie November 20, 2016 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    This sounds so delicious! I love make homemade spaghetti sauce either marinara or with meat. It tastes so much better.

  7. Farrah November 19, 2016 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    Yay for another crockpot recipe! I’m gonna have to try this sauce on one of my homemade pizzas! 😀

  8. Toughcookiemommy November 19, 2016 at 8:07 am - Reply

    I really need to start using my crock pot more often. I keep seeing all of these delicious recipes for slow cookers and I know it is time to try my hand at it too. This sauce looks so hearty and delicious.

  9. Marielle Altenor November 19, 2016 at 2:04 am - Reply

    4 stars
    That recipe looks amazing! I’ve been seeing so many delicious meals done in a crock pot. I totally need to get one.

  10. Kristy from Southern In Law November 18, 2016 at 11:15 pm - Reply

    Yum! You can never go wrong with a delicious marinara sauce and this one looks perfect!

  11. Sharon @ Bit of the Good Stuff November 18, 2016 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    This sauce looks amazing! I love its beautiful, rich colour and smooth texture. I don’t think I’ve used my slow cooker for a couple of years now. I feel bad that I’ve neglected it for so long. I’ll definitely seek it out now. Really want to try your recipe! xx

  12. Annmarie November 18, 2016 at 9:37 am - Reply

    Love homemade marinara sauce! This looks amazing!

  13. jill conyers November 18, 2016 at 3:27 am - Reply

    Marinara is one of those foods that is so much better homemade. Looks delicious Julie.

  14. Adriana Martin November 17, 2016 at 11:57 pm - Reply

    Marinara is one of my favorite sauces for pasta and then top it off with wine yes I am in. That dinner looks so good =)

  15. Cassandra @ Powered By BLING November 17, 2016 at 11:54 pm - Reply

    I love crockpot meals because there’s nothing better than walking in the house after a long day and smelling that dinner is already done!

  16. Sarah- A Whisk and Two Wands November 17, 2016 at 11:10 pm - Reply

    Saw this earlier today and was thinking it would be perfect for a big get together we are having with friends at my parents next weekend. Simply delicious!!

  17. Lindsay Cotter November 17, 2016 at 10:38 pm - Reply

    Love how easy this is! So much better too than the jar from the store!

  18. Alisa @ Go Dairy Free November 17, 2016 at 10:35 pm - Reply

    Barilla and Clos du Bois used to be a weekly staple in our grocery cart! I”m not sure what happened, but need to rectify that loss 🙂

  19. Jessica @ Nutritioulicious November 17, 2016 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    Crock pot is a great way to make marinara! I love this whole pasta night idea!

  20. abbey s November 17, 2016 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    This looks so yummy! Now I’m craving pasta haha

  21. Divya @ Eat. Teach. Blog. November 17, 2016 at 8:05 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I love anything that can be made in the crock pot. Makes my life a whole lot simpler! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  22. Chrissy @ Snacking in Sneakers November 17, 2016 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    I’m all about the crockpot recipes this time of year! I love a good bowl of pasta, so this sounds amazing. Or over some eggplant parm!

    • JulieWunder November 30, 2016 at 8:13 pm - Reply

      Ohhhhh sooo goooddd! I even like it over some roasted veggies!

  23. Alicia November 17, 2016 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    4 stars
    Oh man, does this look AMAZING! I love a good pasta dinner. I am going to have to try this one out soon.

  24. Neely Moldovan November 17, 2016 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    I see the words crock pot and IM all over it. I love finding things I can make in the crockpot that are easy and healthy!

  25. Liz November 17, 2016 at 6:08 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I love a delicious crock pot recipe. Bonus that this combines my love for Italian food too!

  26. Blane Sherer November 17, 2016 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    I will be going to Charleston Friday to support
    my daughter in the Miss South Carolina pageant
    this weekend..
    I will be going down with my other daughter, who is
    her twin sister, and my two year old grandson.
    Hope you have a nice weekend.

  27. Emily November 17, 2016 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    Lately we haven’t had as much ready made spaghetti sauce, and my dad has been making these amazing spaghetti sauces with tomato sauce and spice and such. They are SO GOOD! 🙂 And I don’t like wine, but this actually sounds kind of good?

    • JulieWunder November 30, 2016 at 8:08 pm - Reply

      Yes! Love this wine. I bet your Dad’s sauce is amazing too.

  28. Annemarie LeBlanc November 17, 2016 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    Yum! That sauce looks so rich and thick! I will save your recipe and make a large batch. I will store half in the freezer for those hectic days that my come our way. Thank you for sharing!a

  29. Nayna Kanabar November 17, 2016 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    this looks really delicious. Nothing beats home made pasta sauce.

  30. Kate Ford November 17, 2016 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    Oh yum that looks delicious, I love rich tomato sauces which have been cooked for hours, but have never tried making one in a slow cooker – will do now!

  31. amanda -runtothefinish November 17, 2016 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    I’ve always wanted to make my own sauce but felt intimidated! I will have to try this because I do love the crock pot!!

  32. Emily Holdorf November 17, 2016 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    Love this! Makes me wanna get in the kitchen and make a big batch 🙂

  33. Crystal November 17, 2016 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    Making dinner from scratch can be so tough with busy weeknights. I rely on my slow cooker a ton. This recipe sounds just perfect for busy nights when you want your family to eat well.

  34. rachel @ athletic avocado November 17, 2016 at 7:31 am - Reply

    This looks so easy to make! nothing better than homemade pasta sauce 🙂

  35. Susie @ SuzLyfe November 17, 2016 at 6:59 am - Reply

    oooo maybe my next slow cooker project?

  36. heather @Lunging Through Life November 17, 2016 at 6:52 am - Reply

    I’ve never made marinara sauce from scratch. I always buy the jar, haha. I suppose I’d need to get an immersion blender but this looks easy enough!

    • JulieWunder November 30, 2016 at 8:00 pm - Reply

      You could totally put it in a regular blender too. Just be careful not to burn yourself! It’s sooo good!

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