Homemade Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce – Slow Cooking Perfected

Slow cooker marinara sauce recipe

This delicious slow cooker marinara sauce is super easy to make and is perfect if you’re on a tight budget.

This sauce is deliciously rich and perfect on its own with a little pasta. There are also plenty of other dishes you can use this on, such as a chicken parmesan sauce, pizza sauce, a sauce for meatballs and pasta, and much more.

If you find yourself cooking many dishes that require marinara sauce, then this recipe is ideal. You can prepare it at the beginning of the week and use it in different recipes during the rest of the week.


love this recipe as it reduces the amount of food in jars I need to rely on, and as I discovered, making a marinara sauce is surprisingly easy.

Adjust the recipe

There are so many different changes you can make to a sea sauce. Below I review just a couple of examples of what you can do to make this sauce more to your liking.

To make this as easy as possible, you can use canned crushed tomatoes. If you want to use fresh tomatoes, be sure to peel the tomatoes first. Otherwise, you will end up with tomato skins throughout your sauce.


like to leave the sauce a little thick, so I don’t put it through the food processor. However, that said, you can bombard the sauce if you want it to be super smooth.

You can use fresh or dried herbs in this recipe. The amounts I used are for dried herbs, so you may want to double the amount if you’re using fresh herbs. I try to always use fresh, but sometimes it can be difficult to get the ingredients.

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You can try adding some extra ingredients to the sauce. For example, Italian sausages, mushrooms, peppers, olives and much more will work fantastically well in this sauce.

I’m always open to more suggestions, so be sure to leave a comment at the bottom of this page with your thoughts.

What to do

with marinara sauce

You’ll finish with some marinara sauce when you’re done cooking this recipe. If you come across too much, then you can freeze something for later. This frozen sauce is useful when you’re cooking a dish that needs some homemade marinara sauce quickly.

There are so many dishes in which you can use this marinara sauce, including a ton of slow cooker pasta recipes. You can also place this sauce in a jar and save it for later. It will last up to about a week, perfect if you’re planning a week full of tomato-based meals.

If you want to see how to make a marinara sauce in the slow cooker, be sure to watch the video below. It takes you through all the steps to make this delicious sauce. You can also find the full written recipe below the video.


you’re looking for more slow cooker recipes, below are just a couple of my favorites that I think you’ll like


The abundant beef ragout is a pasta dish that you must try. It has a rich tomato sauce that is loaded with crumbled tender meat. Without a doubt, a recipe that is worthy of its slow cooker.

For something a little creamier, I can highly recommend the chicken carbonara. It’s loaded with tender chicken chunks, mushrooms, and delicious pieces of bacon.

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I hope you enjoy this slow cooker marinara sauce recipe. If you have any comments, variations, advice, or anything else you’d like to say, be sure to leave a comment below.

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