By now you should be seeing a good number of fresh tomatoes coming in from your home garden and if you’re like me you are always on the lookout for new ways to use them. What better way to preserve tomatoes than to make convenience foods that your family loves?
I started experimenting with my homemade pizza sauce in the slow cooker a few years ago as a matter of necessity. I had a lot of tomatoes to process and had to get to work, so I enlisted the help of my slow cooker and came up with the best pizza sauce I’ve ever had. This is a perfect sauce to go along with my bread machine pizza dough, and both can be frozen for future use.
- 3 cups tomato paste *
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 cups water
- 5 Tablespoons fresh parsley (5 teaspoons dried)
- 1/8 cup finely minced onion
- 1 Tablespoon fresh oregano (1 teaspoon dried)
- 1 Tablespoon fresh basil (1 teaspoon dried)
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- juice of 1/2 a lemon
- 1 Tablespoon honey
* you can make your own tomato paste by cooking down my tomato sauce in the slow cooker until thickened.
- Add all ingredients to the slow cooker and stir. Cook on low heat setting for 6-8 hours.
This sauce can be frozen for up to 3 months.