If you make this marinara, I’m almost positive that you’ll never buy a jar of sauce ever again, if you have a choice in the matter. It’s free of any added sugars or oils, which makes it extremely calorie and Smart Points friendly.
It’s also huge on flavor! Nothing against anyone who uses a jar of sauce, I used jarred sauces of all different varieties for years and years. I never even thought making homemade sauce was a thing that normal people did until I did a Whole 30 Challenge two years ago.
Now jarred sauces are a thing of the past in this house. I made this into a bulk freezer recipe because like most people, I don’t have time to make a fresh pot of sauce every single time I need some.
I simply measure out about two cups into quart freezer bags, lay them flat, and stack them in the freezer. This recipe makes about 5 freezer bags with 2 cups of sauce in each bag.
If you like your sauce chunky, leave it the way it is when it comes out of the crockpot.
However, I like it to be more smooth, so it goes a little farther and is a little more versatile. So I either run it through a blender, or use the immersion blender when it’s fairly cool.
I use this in 90% of the recipes that require a sauce, and also for pizzas! Since it’s really just tomatoes and spices, It’s ZERO smart points for as much as you want!
Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce
- 3- 28 oz cans crushed tomatoes
- 2- 14.5 oz cans diced tomatoes
- 5 garlic cloves minced (or about 3 tbs already minced garlic)
- 1 large onion chopped
- 2 tbs oregano, dried
- 2 tbs basil, dried I also use fresh when I have some from the garden)
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes more or less depending on the level of spice you'd like
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
Mix all of your ingredients in a 6 quart slow cooker. Cook on low for 8-10 hours to really get all of those lovely flavors to mingle and fall in love with each other. Let cool completely before adding to freezer bags.
Optional: For smoother sauce, use an immersion hand blender, or put in a blender. Blend until desired consistency .
*If using a blender make sure the sauce is cool or blend in small batches*
0 Freestyle Smart Points for any amount (calculated with Weight Watchers Recipe Builder)
0 Smart Points for any amount! (Calculated with Weight Watchers recipe builder)
0 Points Plus for any amount (calculated with My Score Plus)
60 calories per 1/2 cup of sauce (Calculated with My Fitness Pal)