Imagine coming home from work and the aroma in the house is delicious Marinara Sauce. It cooked itself while you were gone! This is a meatless red sauce to enjoy over pasta or as a dipping sauce for calzones or breadsticks! You will love this. It’s so simple and so good, you’ll never want to buy marinara sauce in a jar ever again!
Your crock pot can be your best friend. You literally open up a couple of cans and dice an onion. Toss in the rest of the ingredients, put the lid on and set your cooker to low heat. When you walk in the door, your house will smell like Italy!
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 – 15 oz. can crushed tomatoes
1 – 15 oz. can diced, Italian style tomatoes
2 T. tomato paste
1/2 medium onion,diced (blanch the diced onion using 1/2 c. water in the microwave – see instructions below)
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 t. dried oregano
1 t. dried basil
1 t. brown sugar
1 t. balsamic vinegar
1/2 c. hot water
salt and pepper to taste
*To blanch the onion in the microwave, put the diced onion pieces in a small microwave safe dish and add 1/2 c. water. Microwave 2 minutes on high. The onion will start to cook and break down slightly. Don’t toss out the water that you blanched it in! This has lots of flavor! Add the to the rest of the ingredients in the crock pot.
Cook 6-8 hours on LOW heat. You may want to check the sauce after about 4 hours. Add more hot water if it seems to thick. (If it gets too thick, it will stick and burn on the sides of the crock pot.)
Serve hot with breadsticks, calzones or over pasta for a meatless dish.
If you’re going to be serving a crowd, HERE is a great restaurant secret for serving pasta to a crowd!