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Sunday, May 30, 2010


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We love Costco. Who doesn't? There's always fun new stuff to check out, and they feed you while you shop. On nearly every trip we linger by the San Marzano canned tomatoes - not something we can find in our local markets. However, we have always passed them by - the world's most amazing tomatoes or not, what does one do with 6 pounds of them at once when it's just dinner for two? On our last trip, we were once again lingering when inspiration struck - crock pot marinara sauce! I had no idea how I would go about it but at under $4 a can, we figured why not?

Found a simple recipe in what is fast becoming my favorite slow cooker book - Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook (no offense of course, mom!). The recipe called for 3 pounds of tomatoes, so it was an easy double for my jumbo can. It came out perfectly - a beautiful bright red color and full of vibrant, fresh flavor.

Crockpot Marinara Sauce (for a six quart cooker.)

6 pound can tomatoes (San Marzano from Costco)
2 sweet onions, chopped
4 cloves garlic (or more to taste)
6 oz. can tomato paste
1 T sugar (2 pinches)
salt
pepper
olive oil

Saute onions and garlic in a few T olive oil, pour into crockpot. (6 quart cooker)
Add tomato paste, sugar, salt, pepper and 2 T olive oil. Open can of tomatoes and squeeze out most of the seeds, put the crushed up tomatoes into the crockpot. Make sure to add the puree left in the bottom of the can after you have removed the tomatoes to squeeze out the seeds. Cook on low 5 hours. Use handheld immersion blend in the pot to make the sauce smooth.

So far this tasty sauce has appeared in three meals....pasta and meat sauce, pizza on the grill, a dipper for garlic knots. It will be the base of a few more meals, then into the freezer for later.

And all for a total cost of about $6!

Jenni
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