RUSTIC MARINARA SAUCE
Prep time: 5 minutes / Cook time: 7 to 8 hours on low
This classic Italian marinara sauce has the best flavor because it is
cooked in the slow cooker using fresh tomatoes, herbs, and
vegetables, allowing the ingredients to develop and deepen. It’s
perfect for topping whole-grain pasta, pizza, spiralized vegetables,
or your favorite meats, and it can be used as is or you can add other
favorite ingredients, like mushrooms and spinach. Freeze in 1- to 2-
cup portions so it’s always convenient to have on hand.
Makes about 12 cups
6 pounds Roma tomatoes, chopped
1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
1 medium carrot, shredded
2 teaspoons dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon dried thyme
½ teaspoon dried marjoram
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
1. Combine all the ingredients in a 6-quart slow cooker. Cover
and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours.
2. If desired, use an immersion blender after cooking to crush the
tomatoes to desired consistency.
3. Use immediately or freeze in 1- to 2-cup portions in airtight
containers for up to 4 months.
Per Serving (1 cup): Calories: 71; Total Fat: 0g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Trans Fat:
0g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0g;
Sodium: 137mg; Carbohydrates: 16g; Fiber: 4g; Sugars: 9g; Protein: 3g
NUTRITIONAL HIGHLIGHT: An excellent source of vitamin C,
potassium, and fiber, tomatoes are high in the phytonutrient lycopene,
which works with other nutrients for disease prevention, including
preventing cardiovascular disease. Cooking actually increases the health
benefits as it makes their phytonutrients more available.