Tomato Red Sauce makes a terrific pasta sauce, and it’s so easy when you start with canned tomatoes. Make it in a slow cooker.
Tomato red sauce (pasta sauce) is super easy in the slow cooker.
Guess what I’m making today? Tomato Red Sauce! I have made this Pasta Sauce multiple times and it’s terrific every time. I use it in many different recipes, including Egyptian Eggplant, Spaghetti, Baked Ziti and Moussaka. I suggest using it anytime you are making Italian food.
Slow Cooker Method
I make my Tomato Red Sauce (Pasta Sauce) in the slow cooker (affiliate link) so that I don’t have to watch it while it cooks. Making it in the crockpot takes 4 hours when you start with canned tomatoes. It’s a bit messy since you don’t cover the pot. Leave the top off because you want the liquid to cook down and the flavors to deepen.
If you don’t have a slow cooker, you can cook it on top of the stove, stirring frequently, for an hour. It is delish either way.
How to Store the Sauce
When the sauce is done, you can freeze it or can it (using a pressure cooker) in meal-size containers. Canning the sauce allows you to store it longer. If you are worried about medical or natural disasters, this is the best way to store it. No refrigeration required.
We can ours in pint-sized jars. Our large slow cooker (6 qt size) fills about 11 pints. That makes supper so easy. We can just open a jar, add a few new veggies or meat to jazz it up, and serve it over pasta or spiral zucchini noodles. I love it plain over Spaghetti Squash. Eleven meals in just 4 hours without having to babysit the cooking process!
If you like meat or extra vegetables in your red sauce add it when you are heating it up for your pasta dinner. You can fry some ground beef, ground turkey or Italian sausage and add it to the sauce just before you serve it. Sautéed mushrooms, artichokes, or zucchini are also good.
What You Need
For this recipe, you need a slow cooker, knife, cutting board, measuring cups and spoons and some means to store all the sauce. We use our big pressure cooker for canning the sauce, putting it in pint-sized jars. Then we have sauce for about 11 meals! Brilliant.
Tomato Red Sauce (Pasta Sauce) RecipePrint
Tomato Red Sauce (Pasta Sauce) Recipe
A robust tomato sauce for any pasta dish.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 4 hours
- Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
- Yield: 22 1x
- Category: Main Course
- Cuisine: American
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cups chopped onions
- 4 cloves garlic (minced)
- 2 teaspoons dried basil (or 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil)
- 1 teaspoon dried marjoram (or 1 tablespoon chopped fresh marjoram)
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano (or 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chopped oregano)
- 1 cup chopped red bell peppers
- 1 cup chopped green bell peppers
- 3 28–ounce cans crushed tomatoes
- 1 28–ounce can tomato sauce
- 1 cup dry red wine (like burgundy)
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Sauté the onions over medium heat in the olive oil until they are transparent.
- Add the bell peppers, garlic and spices and cook for a five minutes or so longer.
- Dump the peppers and onions mixture into your crockpot.
- Add the tomatoes, sauce, red wine, tomato paste, salt and pepper to the slow cooker.
- Cook uncovered on high for 4 hours or until the sauce reduces about one-third.
Note: If you don’t have a slow cooker, you can cook this sauce on medium heat on top of the stove for about 1 hour, stirring frequently to prevent burning.
- Serving Size: About 1 cup of Tomato Red Sauce (Pasta Sauce)
- Calories: 42
- Sugar: 3.4 g
- Sodium: 156.1 mg
- Fat: 2.2 g
- Saturated Fat: 0.3 g
- Trans Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 5.6 g
- Fiber: 1.8 g
- Protein: 1.1 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
Keywords: pasta sauce, red pasta sauce, red sauce, slow cooker tomato sauce, tomato red sauce
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This post was first published on Recipe Idea Shop September 13, 2016 and updated September 28, 2021.