I started this blog so my daughters could find all of our family favourite recipes in one place. It has actually grown into more than just the family favourites but also other recipes we've tried out in our kitchen. I don't like to fill up the post with alot of chatter. Sometimes there's a little story to tell, but usually I like to get right to the point. So this is for them, but hope you find some recipes that you like as well. I'll be sharing a lot of recipes, and along the way you'll find some crafty things and maybe some helpful hints too!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Easy Slow Cooker Tomato/Pizza Sauce

Easy because once you prepare the veggies and put them in the cooker, just walk away for 8 hours. The link to my Roasted Tomato, Garlic and Basil Sauce is at the end of this recipe, but it is more time consuming.

Use a 7 quart slow cooker for this recipe. It makes about 10 servings of tomato sauce and is also great as a pizza sauce.

5 lb very ripe tomatoes
2 tbsps olive oil
1 large onion
1 red pepper
4 cloves garlic
2 tbsps balsamic vinegar

2 small cans tomato paste
1/2 - 1 tsp salt
10 grinds of black pepper
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp fennel seed
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1-2 tbsps fresh chopped basil
1 tsp sugar

Start by browning the onion and red pepper in a skillet with the olive oil, 4-5 minutes.

Add the garlic in the last minute. Quarter the tomatoes, or cut up a little more if your tomatoes are very large, and place in the bottom of the slow cooker.

Add the browned onions, etc.
Deglaze the skillet with the balsamic vinegar and pour that into the slow cooker.

Stir the remaining ingredients in well.  Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.  Don't lift the lid until then.

Once you've cooked for 8 hours, remove the lid, turn the temperature up to high, and cook uncovered 15-20 minutes longer.

With an immersion blender, or small batches in a food processor, purée until you reach the consistency you like.
Check to see if you need more salt and pepper.

When you have a little more time try this Roasted Tomato, Garlic & Basil Sauce. You won't be disappointed.


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