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Homemade Slow Cooked Pasta Sauce

I love DIY recipes, and I currently have an abundance of tomatoes coming from my garden. Now is the perfect time to make your own pasta sauce in the slow cooker!

Homemade Slow Cooked Pasta Sauce

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Prep Time:5 minutes
Cook Time:8 hours
Total Time:8 hours 5 minutes


  • 5-6 Large Fresh diced tomatoes or 1 - 28 ounce can whole Italian-style tomatoes cut up and undrained
  • 2 large carrots coarsely chopped (2 cups)
  • 3 stalks celery sliced (1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 large onion chopped (1 cup)
  • 1 large green sweet pepper chopped (1 cup)
  • 1 - 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons bottled minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning crushed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 12 ounce dried pasta cooked and drained


  • For sauce, in a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker combine undrained tomatoes, carrots, celery, onion, sweet pepper, tomato paste, water, garlic, sugar, Italian seasoning, salt, black pepper, and bay leaf.
  • Cover; cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours.
  • Remove bay leaf; discard. Toss sauce with hot pasta, or store in air tight containers in the fridge or freezer when cooled.


Keeps 1 week in the fridge or 3-4 months in the freezer. ** Canning** You can also can your homemade sauce too.
Servings: 6 meal size portions
Author: Amanda Carlisle

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