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Tomato Sauce: Slow Cooker Recipe

Updated on March 3, 2014

Tomato Sauce: Slow Cooker Recipe

Tomato sauce can turn an ordinary meal into a delicious and healthy dining experience. The recipe that follows is a simple one that can be made fairly quickly, although it does require some cooking time to develop a deep and rich taste.

You do not need to drown your food in the sauce to enjoy its benefits which are numerous.

Tomato sauce is most commonly associated with pasta and for many years we were eating pasta regularly until we realized that it was the sauce that we were craving. Pasta is still on the menu, we enjoy pasta salads, for example, but we eat it less often these days.

There are other ways to enjoy a tomato sauce. I add it to a vegetable stew, the recipe for this will appear in a future hub, and pour tomato sauce over vegetables such as brussel sprouts, cabbage and green beans.

The recipe below calls for canned tomatoes. Tomato sauce is one of the few foods were I am quite happy to use cans. Canned tomatoes are one of the few canned foods that I buy in bulk whenever case lots come on sale. I look for the low sodium brands.

Canned tomatoes make a great tomato for sauce. I prefer using a combination of crushed and diced tomatoes but whole canned tomatoes can work as well. Tomato paste is essential. Have plenty on hand and when making sauce make extra so you will have a quick healthy food handy. Herbs such as thyme, onion, oregano, basil, bay leaf, black pepper, garlic and crushed chilies enhance the taste but only three are absolutely necessary, basil, garlic and bay leaf.

The following sauce is prepared in my slow cooker. I find the cooker frees me to prepare meals and take care of other business at the same time.

Bob's Tomato Sauce: Slow Cooker

1- tablespoon olive oil,

1- medium onion diced,

2- gloves garlic thinly sliced

10 large fresh button mushrooms diced or 1 can 14 oz,

1 medium green pepper diced,

3-celery sticks diced,

1- bay leaf, fresh, but dry will do,

dry or fresh spices, basil, thyme, oregano, pinch dry chilies,

1- can tomato paste 5.5 oz,

1-can diced tomatoes 28 oz,

1-can crushed tomatoes 28 oz. add oil to slow cooker set on high,

add diced onions, celery, green pepper to cooker, let cook until onions begin to brown, then add mushrooms, cook 3 minutes.

add both cans of tomatoes, add herbs, stir, cook 20 minutes, add tomato paste stir,

cover cooker and let cook on high for two hours, stirring every 15-20 minutes.

This recipe does not use ground beef but if you enjoy a meat and tomato sauce then you can add it. Be sure to fry the beef (1/4 pound) before adding it to the sauce.

If you have to go out or attend to other tasks, simply turn the slow cooker down to keep warm. This recipe can be prepared in a regular large pot as well. Makes enough sauce for 4-6 meals.

You can serve this with garlic bread or a side salad and have a complete meal that all will enjoy.


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  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    It is good, thanks for commenting, have a great day.

  • applejuic3 profile image


    8 years ago from San Diego, CA

    i am for sure going to be using this to make tomato sauce. i love italian food and it would be great to have a truly homemade tomato sauce to use regularly.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome.

  • asmaiftikhar profile image


    8 years ago from Pakistan

    this recipe is really good.thanks a lot .

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Canned tomatoes can indeed make a gr8 sauce.

  • kiwi91 profile image


    9 years ago from USA

    I've actually tried making tomato sauce with fresh tomatoes instead of canned, and it came out worse (I didn't use any sort of recipe). A good canned tomato can still make a great sauce though. I like Muir Glen, Tuttoroso, and my all time favorite, Sclafani.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    12 years ago from New Brunswick

    I haven't done one yet, but someday.

  • PCaholicDotCom profile image


    12 years ago from USA

    Bob - WOW can I come over!! My wife doesn't really like chili like I do. When I was a kid my uncle would have a big family get together and cook his famous chili with chili-dogs... and he would cook the hot dogs IN the chili! Best dogs you'll ever eat!

    Will you be doing a hub on the recipe Bob... I appologize if you already have one. I haven't seen it. ~Peter :-)

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    12 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks, I do have a chilli recipe, in fact it is tonight's supper

  • PCaholicDotCom profile image


    12 years ago from USA

    Bob - Fantastic! I agree that slow cooking is the key.. you wouldn't happen top have a good home made chili recipe would you? ~Peter

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    12 years ago from New Brunswick

    I agree that a good sauce takes time. i have made a 15 minute sauce ( a future hub) which is passable and still better than most perpared sauces but nothing beats the taste of the sauce that you allow time to mature.

  • Katherine Baldwin profile image

    Katherine Baldwin 

    12 years ago from South Carolina

    I can't wait to try this out. I love a well made tomato sauce and preparing it in a slow cooker is an extra added bonus. You simply cannot substitute a quick cooking sauce for the real deal. Sorry to those of you out there that think you can. A slow cooker may help take the sting out of that one. It will be more than worth the effort. Looking forward to your vegetable stew recipe. I find that a tomato based sauce or stew if a perfect way to bring out the best in many dishes.


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