If you make this crock pot marinara, I’m almost positive that you’ll never buy a jar of sauce ever again, if you have a choice in the matter. It’s free of any added sugars or oils, which makes it extremely calorie and weight watchers friendly.
It’s huge on flavor! Nothing against anyone who uses a jar of sauce, I used jarred sauces of all different varieties for years and years. I never even thought making homemade sauce was a thing that normal people did until I did a Whole 30 Challenge two years ago.
Now jarred sauces are a thing of the past in this house. I made this into a bulk freezer recipe because like most people, I don’t have time to make a fresh pot of sauce every single time I need some.
I simply measure out about two cups into quart freezer bags, squeeze out as much air as possible, lay them flat, and stack them in the freezer. This recipe makes about 5 freezer bags with 2 cups of sauce in each bag.
If you like your sauce chunky, leave it the way it is when it comes out of the crockpot.
However, I like it to be more smooth, so it goes a little farther and is a little more versatile. So I either run it through a blender, or use the immersion blender when it’s fairly cool.
I use this in almost all recipes that require a sauce, and also for pizzas! Since it’s really just tomatoes and spices, It’s ZERO smart points for as much as you want!
Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce
- 3 28 oz cans crushed tomatoes preferably a higher quality brand. I use Cento (big yellow can)
- 2 14.5 oz cans diced tomatoes
- 5 large garlic cloves minced (or about 3-4 tbsp already minced garlic)
- 1 large onion chopped
- 2 tablespoon oregano, dried
- 2 tablespoon basil, dried I also use fresh when I have some from the garden)
- 1/4-1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes more or less depending on the level of spice you'd like
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
Mix all of your ingredients in a 6 quart slow cooker. Cook on low for 8-10 hours to really get all of those lovely flavors to mingle and fall in love with each other. Let cool completely before adding to freezer bags.
Optional: For smoother sauce, use an immersion hand blender, or put in a blender. Blend until desired consistency .
*If using a blender make sure the sauce is cool or blend in small batches*
0 Freestyle Smart Points for any amount (calculated with Weight Watchers Recipe Builder)
0 Smart Points for any amount! (Calculated with Weight Watchers recipe builder)
0 Points Plus for any amount (calculated with My Score Plus)
60 calories per 1/2 cup of sauce (Calculated with My Fitness Pal)