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Easy Slow Cooker Marinara

This recipe came about as I found myself craving spaghetti and in the store searching every label on each marinara sauce/spaghetti sauce can I could find. Since none I found suited my dietary needs, I just thought to myself, “why not just make your own?” so that’s exactly what I did! I used alot of dried herbs and seasonings because most of them are hard to find fresh where I live and usually when I do find them fresh, they’re an exorbitant price but if you have an herb garden or you know a place where you can get fresh herbs without breaking the bank, they would be truly wonderful in this recipe.

For my Weight Watcher and Simply Filling friends, if you choose to use Stevia or Splenda in this recipe as opposed to raw, organic honey, this recipe will be 0 Smart Points and also completely Simply Filling compliant. Yay!

We use this marinara over everything, and I do mean everything! I put it over spaghetti, chicken, pizza, and even use it for a dipping sauce!

One of the delicious things I have poured this marinara sauce over are these Clean Baked Meatballs that were a huge hit in my house and were also SO simple and easy to make!

Any other mom’s out there who get so excited for fast, easy, and healthy meals for their families that the ENTIRE family will enjoy? Yeah, me too! Because mommin’ ain’t easy but we can at least have some easy meals in our arsenal to help out!

I hope you all love this simple and scrumptious recipe as much as we did. Comment and tell me what you use your marinara on!

Easy Slow Cooker Marinara

Looking for some delicious marinara/spaghetti sauce that isn't full of junk? My Easy Slow Cooker Marinara is 0 Smart Points and 100% delicious!
Course Sauce
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings 7 cups
Calories 508 kcal
Author Amy - The Speedy Spatula


  • 2 28oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 28oz can whole stewed tomatoes
  • 5 fresh parsley leaves & stems chopped very fine
  • 1 tsp organic raw honey
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 heaping tbsp dried basil flakes or 3 fresh leaves chopped very fine
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning


  1. Blend each can of crushed tomatoes for 7 seconds and pour into a 4qt or larger slow cooker.

    2. Chop whole stewed tomatoes and add in along with the juice and all other seasonings.

    3. Stir well and cover.

    4. Cook on low 4 hours or high 2 hours.

    5. Use in anything you would use marinara sauce or spaghetti sauce for and enjoy! 

Recipe Notes

Honey can be replaced with Stevia or Spelnda.

This marinara can be cooked in the microwave until heated through or simmered on the stove top until hot, however, the slow cooker will allow the flavors to become more vibrant as it cooks more slowly. 

Any dried seasoning can be replaced for fresh chopped/minced seasonings.

Will keep in the fridge for up to 1 week and can be frozen for up to 6 months. 

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