My easy Crock Pot Marinara Sauce recipe is perfect for busy winter days!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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 & Healthy Crock Pot Marinara Sauce
- 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
- ¼-1/2 teaspoon salt, to taste
- ¼-1/2 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.
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!
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Also try these vegetarian Crock Pot dinners!
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