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Crock Pot Tomato Sauce

Do you need one more reason to love your crock-pot? How about making your own crock pot tomato sauce!

crockpot 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:

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

crockpot tomato sauce
  • Author: MOMables.com
  • 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)


  1. Toss all of the ingredients into the crock-pot (the tomatoes can go in whole).
  2. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours, stirring occasionally.
  3. Once the tomatoes have broken down, uncover. Continue cooking for another hour or two, until sauce has thicken.
  4. Run the tomato sauce through a food mill, carefully blend in a blender, or use an immersion blender to create a smooth sauce.
  5. 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?

4 This easy homemade barbecue sauce recipe is the one that won my kids over at my house. Finally, one recipe without refined sugars that won us all!

Homemade Barbecue Sauce

Not all homemade barbecue sauce recipes are created equal. I’ve tried many, and my kids will often complain that one is too spicy! (too much pepper), too smoky! (paprika), too sweet! (seriously?)—and the list goes on.

This easy homemade barbecue sauce recipe is the one that won my kids over at my house. Finally, one recipe without refined sugars that won us all!

Of course, I like to make one sauce that will satisfy all of our preferences, so I only have to keep one jar in the fridge. I know, I know, there are dozens of brands to choose from at the grocery store, and in the past, I’ve had more than one in my refrigerator.

It all began when I made homemade ketchup. I realized that with just a few simple ingredients that I already had in my pantry, I could make my family’s favorite sauce! So then, I began experimenting with other sauces, dressings, etc.

I’ve tried quite a few barbecue sauces, but none compared to Danielle Walker’s recipe in her Against All Grain Cookbook. That was by far the best and most delicious barbecue sauce my husband and I had tried in a while. Of course, the kids had a few opinions of their own.

The sauce is spicy, tangy, and a little smoky. So, I used much of her recipe as a base and toned it down for my own kids. I also use honey instead of coconut crystals because that kills two recipes with one. Honey barbecue sauce, here I come. Right? Almost.

Homemade Barbecue Sauce

This easy homemade barbecue sauce recipe is the one that won my kids over at my house. Finally, one recipe without refined sugars that won us all!
  • Author: MOMables.com
  • Yield: 1 1/2 cups


  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon coconut aminos*
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon natural liquid smoke (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add all the ingredients, including the liquid smoke, if using, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, to thicken the sauce.
  2. Allow the sauce to cool to room temperature prior to transferring it to a glass jar and into the refrigerator. Refrigerate for up to a week.


If you can tolerate soy, you may use soy sauce or Bragg’s aminos.
Recipe fully adapted from Against All Grain’s Cookbook to the preferences in my family. While the measurements of some ingredients have been adapted, and I’ve omitted others, I feel it was the right thing to credit Danielle because her originality in using a combination of coconut aminos and fish sauce made this sauce tangy and delicious!