vegan Slow Cooker Basil Marinara – a fresh summer tomato sauce – flavorful and easy to prep and forget – it slow cooks all afternoon, filling your kitchen with wonderful fragrance!
Slow Cooker Basil Marinara
Fresh summer tomatoes are one of my favorites. Indulgent.
I know – indulging? Yes. When you like marinara and the many foods that like to swim in it, this is a form of indulgence.
Fresh Summer Tomato Sauce
Don’t even get me started on summertime, when my garden has the most amazing fresh Roma tomatoes. I can often be found standing in my yard, eating a tomato like an apple. Garden fresh is always the best, and tomatoes especially so.
During the summer, this recipe uses a few pounds of my fresh garden tomatoes. I always make several batches to can (well, jar!) so we can enjoy that freshness all year long.
When those extra jars run out, I make this recipe using canned fire roasted tomatoes.
In addition to all sorts of pasta, this marinara sauce is perfect for our Mozzarella Stuffed Vegan Chicken Burgers!
- 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 yellow onions, peeled and diced
- 6 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 pounds fresh garden tomatoes (or 2 (28 ounce) cans fire roasted tomatoes)
- 1/3 cup tomato paste
- large bunch (3/4 cup) fresh basil, chiffonaded
- 2 tablespoons dried oregano
- salt and pepper
- In pan over medium heat, sauté onion and garlic in olive oil. Sauté several minutes, until softened.
- In slow cooker set to low heat, combine tomatoes, tomato paste, basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Add onion and garlic, cover and cook for 2 hours.
- After sauce is warmed through, smash tomatoes into smaller pieces (using a potato masher or large fork). Cover and cook on low for another 2-3 hours.
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- La Tourangelle Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 25 Oz
- Muir Glen Canned Tomatoes, Organic Whole Tomatoes, Fire Roasted, No Sugar Added, 28 Ounce
- 365 Everyday Value, Double Concentrated Tomato Paste, 5.3 Ounce
- Morton & Bassett Oregano, 1.1 ounce
- Crock-Pot 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker with Digital Timer Stainless
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