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Homemade Marinara Sauce

A rich, robust marinara sauce- this one's simple enough for any home cook to throw together in the bowl of their slow cooker.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 10 mins
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American, Italian
Servings: 8
Calories: 70kcal


  • 2 28 oz cans of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar*
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tbsp dried oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Add all ingredients to your crockpot and stir well.
  • Cook on low for 8-10 hours, or overnight. If your crockpot is not airtight or notoriously dries things out, you may want to add more water as a precaution.
  • Remove the lid, stir well. Remove the bay leaves, and enjoy!


*I make my own brown sugar. To make your own brown sugar simply combine 1 cup granulated sugar with 1 1/2 tbsp molasses and stir until evenly mixed. I give mine a quick spin in my food processor.
Don't be alarmed when your sauce is done if it’s bright red color has become darker and browner. You want this. It lets your know that it’s cooked and that the sugars in the sauce have caramelized.


Serving: 8g | Calories: 70kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 339mg | Potassium: 590mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 607IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 3mg