Crock-Pot Marinara Sauce: a Flavorful Bowlful of Naples

Total Time
10hrs 25mins
Prep 25 mins
Cook 10 hrs

Bring your slow-cooker up to speed with this chunky, intensely flavored tomato sauce that is a fabulous whiff of Southern Italy. It's a little salty (from the kalamata olives), spicy (from the hot red peppers and cayenne pepper), quite fragrant (with large amounts of fresh garlic and ripe tomatoes), and surprisingly different (with the addition of shrimp). The slow-simmer cooking process allows each ingredient's flavor to burst through. This is a marinara sauce to choose when you want to bring the traditional flavor of Italy to your dining table. NOTE: This recipe will make 2 meals at once - 1 for now AND 1 for later.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. In crock-pot (4-6 quart) combine the first fourteen (14) ingredients; give a good stir.
  2. Cover and cook: LOW HEAT SETTING - 8 to 10 hours or HIGH HEAT SETTING - 4 to 5 hours.
  3. When finished cooking, remove half of the marinara sauce (approximatel 5 1/2 cups) and refrigerate (up to 3 days) or freeze (up to 3 months).
  4. If set to LOW HEAT, turn the crock-pot up to HIGH HEAT setting. Add the shrimp; stir into the marinara sauce. Cover and cook 5 to 7 minutes, or until shrimp are heated through.
  5. In a warm serving bowl, place the cooked and drained pasta, add the sauce, and toss thoroughly. Serve with a simple leafy green salad dressed with oil and vinegar, salt, and pepper.
  6. Now, sit down to a delicious and authentic Italian meal. Pass the red wine, crusty italian bread and grated cheese around the table - Stand back and wait for the cheers!