Slow Cooker Chunky Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce | Mostly Homemade Mom

Slow Cooker Chunky Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce

January 5, 2015
You'd be hard-pressed to find a jarred chunky tomato sauce that even comes close to the flavor of this homemade Crockpot version! Whole tomatoes, onion, garlic, and basil - serve over hot pasta or fluffy brown rice!

Is there anything more comforting than a big plate of spaghetti with sauce piled high? It was for sure one of my favorite dinners to make when Paul and I were first married. Heck, it's STILL one of my favorite dinners to whip up for our family!

My mom used Ragu chunky sauce pretty exclusively, while Paul was used to Prego growing up. It's crazy how loyal people are to their favorite tomato sauce brands! When we were first married though, I pretty much bought whatever was on sale. We ate it and we liked it - ha!

The past 6 months or so I've become acutely aware of how crazy the ingredients are in some store bought items - tomato sauce being one of them. And the sugar - oh my word, the sugar! As if there isn't enough to spike the blood sugar in the spaghetti, they have to sneak it in the sauce too! This mama was not pleased with the selection after realizing this fact. And the brands that are more simple, are usually more expensive. WAY more expensive.

This slow cooker chunky sauce is probably my favorite to date that I've made - and I can't wait to share it with you! Homemade is totally the way to go with sauce. As a side note, Silas is not really into chunky anything - but after picking out the larger chunks of tomatoes, he still loved this sauce!

Slow Cooker Chunky Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce

  • 2 (28 oz) cans whole tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 tablespoons dried, minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons dry red or white wine (or chicken broth)
  • 3 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt (plus more to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
Cooking Directions
  1. Empty cans of tomatoes in the bottom of Crockpot. Carefully quarter the tomatoes in the bottom of the crock.
  2. Add in minced onion, garlic, wine, basil, parsley, salt, and pepper.
  3. Cook on high for 2 hours or low for 4 hours. Taste sauce and add additional salt if needed.

I served this over spaghetti for the boys, and I enjoyed it over a cup of hot cooked brown rice (keeps the carb count way down). Sprinkle a bit of Parmesan on top, but it really doesn't need it! For my fellow Trim Healthy Mamas (*affiliate link), this is an Energizing (E) meal over rice and it's great with a side of steamed broccoli!

Here are some more of my favorite slow cooked tomato favorites:

Slow Cooker Tamale Pie

Crockpot Chicken Chili

Crockpot Chicken Parmesan

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10 comments on "Slow Cooker Chunky Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce"
  1. It looks so fresh and pretty! I love slow cookers!!

  2. Kelly @ Mostly Homemade MomJanuary 7, 2015 at 9:01 AM

    I'm quite obsessed with mine, Marye! :)

  3. I totally need to try this! It looks so yummy!

  4. Kelly @ Mostly Homemade MomJanuary 7, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    Thanks, Jaren!

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