Slow Cooker Pasta Sauce with great ingredients. Delicious homemade goodness and freezer friendly too! This crockpot tomato-based sauce is packed full of flavor, using a variety of fresh herbs in addition to Italian sausage, tomatoes, and garlic. The flavor matures and becomes richer if kept overnight. 

Slow Cooker Pasta Sauce?with fresh herbs, tomatoes and Italian Sausage. Delicious homemade goodness and freezer friendly too!

This is an "eyeball it" recipe and Italian grandmas do it all the time (including me) and it's delicious. All done in the slow cooker, the flavors develop nicely.

Serve with pasta, rice or some nice warm bread rolls. You can even use this as a topping over baked potatoes. It's really flexible and will freeze well too if you wanted to make batches.

Prep time

10 minutes

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Cook time

6 hours

Serving size

2 - 4 Persons

Ingredients

2 (14.5 oz) cans of crushed tomatoes
1 can tomato paste
1/2 can (the crushed tomatoes can) of water
1 pound plus Italian Sausage
a large handful of FRESH chopped basil
a large handful of chopped fresh parsley
1/2 a chopped red bell pepper (green is too bitter)
1/2 a large head of fresh garlic - smash the cloves and take off the skin- give it a couple of "dices" - throw in the pot
fresh ground black pepper over all
salt (to taste)
dried red pepper to taste
1 tablespoon of THYME
1 teaspoon of sugar (cuts the acid)

Note: For the sausage, I like hot -not sweet, as it really adds flavor to your sauce.

Instructions

1. Throw all the ingredients into the crockpot EXCEPT the Italian sausage and set to LOW.

2. Chop and dice the Italian sausage into 2-inch pieces and brown in a pan.

Add a 1/4 to 1/2 inch of WATER to the sausage and cook on a medium heat.

Do not add any oil. When it's done - the pan will be brown and dry. Transfer the sausage to the crockpot. Then add about a quarter cup of water to deglaze the pan and then put THAT liquid in the crockpot also.

3. Cook on low for about 6 hours. If at any time you feel the sauce is not thick enough take the lid off the pot for about an hour.

4. This sauce is best eaten the following day, so if you have the time, do as follows, otherwise, you can serve as normal once cooked.

Refrigerate overnight. Next day, around noon, plug in the crockpot on HIGH for about an hour -then adjust to LOW, and let it simmer until dinner time.

Top tips

Serve with any RIBBED pasta, like Penne or mostaccioli (with ribs) it holds the sauce better - and don't overcook "al dente" please

This is best with grated fresh ROMANO cheese...not Parmesan - and some good crunchy bread for dipping and a bottle of red wine!

You can also freeze the sauce in batches if you wish. Simply follow the instructions at point 4 when you want to serve.

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Slow Cooker Pasta Sauce?with fresh herbs, tomatoes and Italian Sausage. Delicious homemade goodness and freezer friendly too!

Slow Cooker Pasta Sauce

Yield: 2 - 4 Persons
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes

Slow Cooker Pasta Sauce with fresh herbs, tomatoes and Italian Sausage. Delicious homemade goodness and freezer friendly too!

Ingredients

  • 2 oz cans of crushed tomatoes, 14.5
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • appr 1/2 can of water, the crushed tomatoes can
  • 1 pound plus Italian Sausage
  • a large handful of FRESH chopped basil
  • a large handful of chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 a chopped red bell pepper, green is too bitter
  • 1/2 cloves a large head of fresh garlic - smash the and take off the skin- give it a couple of "dices" - throw in the pot
  • fresh ground black pepper over all
  • salt, to taste
  • dried red pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon of THYME
  • teaspoon of sugar, cuts the acid

Instructions

  1. Throw all the ingredients in to the crock pot EXCEPT the Italian sausage and set to LOW.
  2. Chop and dice the Italian sausage into 2 inch pieces and brown in a pan. Add a 1/4 to 1/2 inch of WATER to the sausage and cook on a medium heat. Do not add any oil. When it's done - the pan will be brown and dry. Transfer the sausage to the crock pot. Then add about a quarter cup of water to de -glaze the pan and then put THAT liquid in the crock pot also.
  3. Cook on low for about 6 hours. If at any time you feel the sauce is not thick enough take the lid off the pot for about an hour.
  4. This sauce is best eaten the following day, so if you have the time, do as follows, otherwise you can serve as normal once cooked.
  5. Refrigerate over night. Next day, around noon, plug in the crock pot on HIGH for about an hour -than adjust to LOW, and let it simmer until dinner time. Serve with any RIBBED pasta, like Penne or mostaciolli (with ribs) it holds the sauce better - and don't over cook "al dente" please
  6. This is best with grated fresh ROMANO cheese...not Parmesan - and some good crunchy bread for dipping and a bottle of red wine!
  7. You can also freeze the sauce in batches if you wish. Simply follow the instructions at point 4 when you want to serve.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 2
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 462Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 1100mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 4gSugar: 12gProtein: 25g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate

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    1. Hi Nancy, the size of each can is 14.5 oz. Apologies for it not being so clear. I’ve updated the ingredients so it shows the size!! Thanks for writing in and please enjoy!