Total Time
4hrs 40mins
Prep 40 mins
Cook 4 hrs

This crock pot recipe came from an early edition of Quick Cooking, and I have been making LARGE quantities since. Now is the time of an "embarrassment of riches" of plum tomatoes, so a winter meal of chicken cacciatore brings all those summer flavors back.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Coarsely chop plum tomatoes.
  2. Chop sweet onion.
  3. Drain and chop roasted red peppers.
  4. Drain and chop marinated artichoke hearts.
  5. Quarter or slice fresh mushrooms.
  6. Drain ripe olives.
  7. In a 5 quart slow cooker, combine all ingredients except pasta.
  8. Use fresh herbs when available.
  9. Cover and cook on HIGH for 4-5 hours, until all flavors are blended.
  10. When cooled some, use a wand mixer to blend into sauce consistency.
  11. Serve over pasta, or browned chicken.
  12. Yields approximately 15 cups.
  13. Freeze in 6 cup containers for future use.


Most Helpful

Love it, love it, LOVE IT! However, I didn't do the recipe in the crock pot; I NEEDED some sooner. I roasted a red pepper and scaled and peeled the tomatoes. I just wanted a sauce, so I didn't add (artichokes, mushrooms and olives). Now, the (FRESH) sauce is divine; simmered a bit on the stove. I used that right off and simmered more for hours. Tasted just like a marinara sauce, that the Olive Garden spooned over grilled chicken - years and years ago! I've been trying to duplicate that for decades. So THANK YOU! Anyway, both the fresh and long simmered sauces do freeze beautifully in zip-bags. I pull them out, when I am in a frenzy for what to serve in a hurry with ground beef or what-ever. Again THANK YOU!

Sharon Anne October 13, 2009

This sauce is fabulous. I followed the recipe exactly and wouldn't change a thing. We sampled a bit of it and are freezing the rest for an easy dinner when company is in town Thanksgiving week.

Slatts October 19, 2008

This is so easy and good. I did use canned whole tomatoes and left the artichoke hearts out. This has been cooking all day on low in my crockpot and I have been sampling with some delicious Italian bread. I am going to blend a little smoother and freeze so that Dh can make something easy when I'm at work on the weekend. Thanks for sharing. Lisa

LMillerRN October 03, 2006

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