I’m not beating around any bushes right now. In the spirit of Meatless Monday, I wanna get this recipe in your hands, tuhhday. But hey, why do we want to make a Slow-Cooker Freezer Marinara Sauce? Because it’s practically hands-free and it’s on-demand when we need it. But, most importantly, it’s so freakin delicious!
Slow-Cooker Freezer Marinara Sauce
When you make your own marinara sauce, several wonderful things happen:
- You control your ingredients (esp. sodium, sugar, and organic options)
- You save $$$…my marinara recipe costs .09¢/oz, while retail averages .29¢/oz. WOW!
- When gardening season is dormant, you need to clever-up your pantry ingredients.
- It practically cooks itself and doesn’t heat up the whole kitchen.
- You can make it any season, freeze, and thaw when needed.
- It’s really versatile…use it for pasta, pizza, lasagna, and meatball sliders.
Speaking of meatball sliders, we tested this very recipe last weekend on about 25 people after the local holiday parade. Aaaaaand, they loved it!
Couldn’t have been any easier. We put 75 cooked, frozen meatballs and 4 quarts of my cooked marinara sauce in a big crock pot, turned it on LOW for several hours, went to the parade, and returned to a self-serve, meatball-slider extravaganza.
Boom! There’s your next party-food idea!
There are many secrets to a good marinara sauce, but among them, these would be my top 3:
- Slow-cooking is keeeeyyyyy…hence, the slow-cooker.
- Crushed fennel seeds are da bomb and they scream Italian-style sauce.
- Quality ingredients…but that’s a given for all recipes.
Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:
- Olive Oil
- Canned Tomatoes
- Tomato Paste
- Crushed Red Chili Pepper (optional)
- Kosher Salt
- Black Pepper
- Fennel Seed
- Bay Leaf
The slow-cooker I use for this recipe:
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There you have it, my friend…all of my secrets to the perfect Slow-Cooker Freezer Marinara Sauce.
Cheers to slow food made easy…and always to our health!
Oh and be sure to check out my Drunken Marinara Sauce recipe too! It’s a 30 minute recipe and it’s the perfect way to eat a little vodka on a busy weeknight!