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, 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!
- 3- 28 oz cans Crushed Tomatoes, no salt added
- 2- 14.5 oz cans diced tomatoes
- 5 Garlic Cloves, minced (or 3 tbs already minced garlic)
- 1 large Onion, chopped
- 2 tbs Dried Oregano
- 2 tbs dried basil (I also use fresh when I have some from the garden)
- 1-2 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- Mix all of your ingredients in a 6 quart slow cooker. Cook on low for 8 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 .
- ZERO smart points for any amount! (Calculated with Weight Watchers recipe builder)
- About 60 calories per 1/2 cup of sauce. (Calculated with My Fitness Pal)