Monday, July 25, 2011

Spaghetti Sauce... freezer friendly!



1-2 Tbs olive oil
1 large onion, diced
2 1/2 tsp minced garlic
5 - 28 oz. cans crushed tomatoes
1 - 12 oz can tomato paste
1 cup water, to preferred consistency
1 tsp salt
1 Tbs parsley flakes
1 1/2 Tbs basil
1/2 Tbs oregano
3/4 -1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes


1)  In large skillet, heat olive oil and cook onion and garlic until softened.

2)  While onions and garlic are cooking, place all remaining ingredients in crock pot.

3)  Add onion and garlic to the crock pot and mix well.

4)  Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours or on HIGH for 4 hours.


If you would like to make a meat sauce, brown 2 pounds lean ground beef with the onions and continue as above.  We enjoy Italian sausage, so I'll add 1 pound Italian sausage and 1 pound lean ground beef.  When adding meat to the sauce, drain the fat using a slotted spoon.

If freezing the sauce, let it cool first, then divide it into two 1-gallon freezer bags.  While closing the bags, lay them down and force the air out as you close the bag.  Lay the sealed bags on a cookie sheet and place in the freezer.  After they are frozen, remove the cookie sheet.

* This recipe has been modified from 's Easy Crockpot Red Sauce.




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  1. I just started making my own sauce b/c it's cheaper than buying....will have to try your recipe out. Thanks for linking up with us!

  2. I love using the crock pot ... I'm a fan of feeling organized and smelling food cooking all day! This looks like a great recipe! Visiting from HHH. Deb @

  3. Thanks for the inspiration. In the past, I've made sauce to put in the freezer and always loved the convience of having it ready to go when I was too busy to make it from sratch. I never thought to make it in the crockpot! Great idea.

  4. Yeah! Just what I've been looking for!A great sauce recipe, from scracth that i can freeze and use my crock pot (love my crock)! Hope you're doing well!!! I always enjoy your blog!!!

  5. This looks really good. I'll have to try it. I am a new follower from Tiggerific Tuesday and hope you could stop by my blog and follow back.

  6. Another divine recipe. I just wanted to thank you. Since I found your blog you have helped me get organized cooking wise. I used to stink in this department but now I am getting better. Thank you so much.

  7. That looks so yummy! I am your newest follower!

  8. Yum! And it seems simple enough to do in big batches! Stopping by from HHH!

  9. I can't cook small, too many years of cooking for a big family (including all the kids friends), so this recipe would be very handy to make ahead and freeze. Thanks for sharing.

    Oh also, I am just Hoppin By and now I'm your newest follower :-) I Hope you get a chance to visit my blog as well at


  10. This is the perfect recipe now with all the hot weather. Crockpots are awesome. Come over and visit us. We have a great grilled squash recipe and tomorrow a super easy delicious sorbet.

  11. This is great-I love that it can be frozen. I'm also loving that it's cooked in the crock-pot and doesn't have to simmer on the stove for hours!

  12. Hi,
    I'm your newest follower please come follow me back

  13. Looks delish.

    We'd love you to share your recipes with us at
    Simply Delish Saturday

  14. Russo... you are so welcome!

  15. I make spaghetti sauce and freeze it all the time! This looks like a good recipe. Great blog, I'm a new follower!

  16. I like the idea of making a large batch of spaghetti sauce and them being able to freeze it for busy nights. I will have to give this a try when my tomatoes start ripening in large quantities. Thanks for sharing your recipe with the Hearth and Soul Hop.

  17. I never thought about making spaghetti sauce in a crock pot....genius idea.

    Thank you so much for sharing it at Foodie Wednesday and hope to see you there this week as well.

  18. This looks delicious! I'll have to try your recipe next time I make sauce. Thanks for sharing!

  19. Mangoes and Chutney's Fat Camp Friday is now open Friday at midnight (EST) ! I would love if you stopped by and linked up this recipe!

  20. Yum! Looks perfect and ready for a big bowl of pasta and some garlic bread. :) I'm so glad to see that you linked up this week. Thank you so much for sharing this at Recipe Sharing Monday. I hope to see you back next week!

  21. Hello Ellen! I found you through At Home With Haley’s Blog Hop. This is a great idea- freezing homemade spaghetti sauce. I've never thought of it and it's so practical!

    Have a great day! Sherri


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