Food-a-licious Friday {98} Crockpot Pasta Sauce

It’s the first Friday of November!! 
It doesn’t much feel like it here, though. At almost 90 degrees…I’m kinda wishing for some cooler weather right about now {winks}. 
Today I am going to share MY version of my husband’s red sauce recipe. Growing up, I never had homemade sauce…it usually came out of the jar. Not dissing the jar sauce (I still use it at times), but homemade sauce is just so…. amazing. I always assumed it would be difficult to make…hours and hours spent in the kitchen.
It’s really not that difficult and I make a large batch which lasts us a month PLUS I can share jars of sauce with friends. It’s fabulous and my husband is totally pleased when we have Italian dinner night. 
Are you ready for the recipe??
1- 60oz can of diced tomatoes (the ginormous can of tomatoes from Costco)
1/2 large yellow onion, chopped
1 cup of chopped carrots
3/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 1/2 tbs minced garlic (I LOVE garlic…so if you don’t use less)
2 tsp of Italian seasoning
2 tsp salt (I do this by taste mostly)
1 tsp black pepper (I do this by taste also) 
1/2 tsp celery salt
2-4 cups of water
1. On the stove top, cook carrots, peppers, onions, and garlic in a bit of oil until onions are translucent. I usually cook my carrots and peppers for 5-ish minutes before I add the onions and I always add the garlic last. Burnt garlic is no bueno.
2. Spray the inside of your crockpot with cooking spray and add the contents of your pan and the can of tomatoes. Stir well.
3. Add seasonings and 2 cups of water. Stir well.
4. Cook on high for 3 hours, stirring every 20-ish minutes (or more often if you’d like).
5. Add the rest of the water as your sauce cooks, thinning it out a bit. 
6. During the last 30 minutes of cooking, use an immersion blender to smooth out your sauce.
Cook your sauce covered for only half of the cook time.
Stir often.
Taste often! Remember that you can’t take away seasonings but you can always add.
Can or jar your sauce for easy storage and gift giving.
Experiment! Add some oregano or a green bell pepper rather than a red one. What’s the worst that can happen? 
And if you have too much sauce…
Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a great weekend.
Next week has something special in store for you…right here on the blog! Be sure to check back.
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  1. Printing this to make on Sunday! Thanks for sharing!!

  2. What a fun neighbor you are!

  3. Love this gift idea because that is way too much sauce for us so it is an easy dinner and an easy gift- woohoo!!

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