Do you need one more reason to love your crock-pot? How about making your own crock pot tomato sauce!
Today I’m sharing how you can make tomato sauce in your crock-pot. Not just any tomato sauce my friends, but a delicious recipe that will lead your family to believe you must have hovered over your hot stove-top all day preparing it. In reality, all you have to do is place some washed tomatoes in the crock-pot (no peeling, seeding, or coring needed), add some seasonings and heat over low for approximately 8 hours. That’s it.
So what are some perks to making tomato sauce in the crock-pot? Below are just a few:
Tomato sauce is very versatile. One batch can be used in several different recipes. Make several batches at once and put the leftovers in cans to be used at a later time. This allows you to quickly throw together a spaghetti dinner on those crazy busy nights.
Here are some suggested recipe from the MOMables blog in which you could incorporate this tomato sauce:
- Parmigiano and Herb Chicken Breast Tenders
- Lunchbox Chicken Parmesan Bites
- Pizza Speggies- Veggie Spaghetti
- Gluten Free Mini Pizza Pockets
- Broccoli Pesto Cheese Sticks
- The DIY Pizza Lunchable
- Cheesy Italian Tortellini
- Easy Spaghetti Cupcakes
- Chicken Parmesan Cups
- Busy MOMs Lasagna
- Veggie Nuggets
It’s Good For You:
Tomatoes are very good for you. They contain lycopene, which is a powerful antioxidant (which is important for protecting your cells & providing immune system support). A cooked tomato contains approximately 6 times as much lycopene as a fresh tomato.
Can Be Made Year Round:
I used canned tomatoes for this recipe, however, you can use fresh.
May Trick Picky Eaters:
My son would tell you he dislikes tomatoes and if I put it on his plate it would most likely trigger his gag reflex. However, one of his favorite meals is…spaghetti. He doesn’t like the texture or taste of a fresh tomato but when it is pureed and broken down and cooked with other seasonings, he gobbles it up. So if your child is anything like my son then this tomato sauce recipe is a great way to sneak in those ingredients your child won’t eat fresh.
Crock-Pot Tomato Sauce
- Yield: 4 cups
- 2 28oz cans whole tomatoes
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup onion, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon basil
- 1 carrot, grated (1/2 cup)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon sugar (optional)
- Toss all of the ingredients into the crock-pot (the tomatoes can go in whole).
- Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours, stirring occasionally.
- Once the tomatoes have broken down, uncover. Continue cooking for another hour or two, until sauce has thicken.
- Run the tomato sauce through a food mill, carefully blend in a blender, or use an immersion blender to create a smooth sauce.
- Refrigerate unused sauce and use within 4 days.
Yields 2 pints.
The possibilities are truly endless. What are some of your favorite ways to incorporate a good tomato sauce?