Game Day Overnight Crockpot Tomato Sauce

So, it’s only a few more days until the big day; Kitten Bowl IV. Are you excited? No? You’re more excited about the actual Super Bowl than cute-as-a-button kittens playing football? My how we differ. Oh well, I guess our differences are what makes this world such an interesting place to live in.

I’m curious how much time you have spent planning your menu for game day? None? Seriously? Super Bowl Sunday is all about the food y’all, so you better get busy. If you need some ideas, make sure to check out the Super Bowl 2017 Recipe Round Up, which I shared earlier this week. There’s bound to be something that will grab your attention and be just right for whatever event you’re taking part of this Sunday.

As for us, we’ll be having Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Shells using this Game Day Overnight Crockpot Sauce while lounging around pretending to give two flying figs about the game but really just using it as an excuse to snack the evening away. Snack dinners are always my favorite, no matter how elaborate or simple. As long as there is cheese or olives involved, I’m pretty much a happy gal.

Anyway, back to this sauce. The great thing about this chunky tomato sauce is that it’s made completely in the crockpot. You can caramelize the onions overnight and then add the sauce ingredients in the morning. After the sauce has cooked all day, you can decide what is you want to do with it. You can use it as is, for a chunky pasta or pizza sauce, or puree it for a dipping sauce to serve with baked mozzarella sticks.

If you’re one of those people who just can’t decide, leave half of the sauce chunky, purée the other half, and stir them both together for the best of both worlds. Or, keep them apart and use them for two completely different things. Perhaps use the chunky version to spoon over meatball sliders and the puréed version to dip fried ravioli in. No matter how you serve it, it’s bound to be a winner, and chances are, way more exciting than the half time show.

Ingredients:

Caramelized Onions:

  • 1 Tablespoon Salted Butter
  • 2 Large Yellow Sweet Onions
  • 1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt

Tomato Sauce:

  • 1 (28-oz.) Can Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 (28-oz.) Can Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 (8-oz.) Container Button Mushrooms, Roughly Chopped
  • 2 Large Carrots, Peeled & Diced
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, Crushed
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Basil
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Finely Ground Black Pepper
  • Sea Salt (Optional)

Directions:

Caramelized Onions:

  1. Liberally coat the sides and bottom of a crockpot with butter.
  2. Peel the onions, slice them in half, and then slice each half into thin slices; place in crockpot.
  3. Add the olive oil, salt, and Worcestershire to the onions, stir to combine, and cook on low heat for 8 hours overnight.

Tomato Sauce:

  1. Add the canned tomatoes, mushrooms, carrots, garlic, basil, oregano, red pepper flakes, and black pepper to the caramelized onions.
  2. Stir to combine and then taste to see if you need to add any salt.
  3. Cook on low heat for 8 hours.

Suggestions:

  • Canned tomatoes often contain a high amount of sodium, which is why I suggest tasting the tomato sauce before adding additional salt. When possible, purchase canned tomatoes with low or no sodium added.
  • This sauce can be used as is for a chunky pizza or tomato sauce or puréed in a blender for a smoother dipping sauce
  • To get ahead of the game, you can always cook the onions in the morning, add the remaining ingredients after 8 hours, and then store the tomato sauce in the refrigerator overnight the day before you plan on using this sauce.

Improvements:

  • Add browned Italian sausage or hamburger to the tomato sauce.
  • Use Italian seasoned canned tomatoes to bump up the flavor even more.
  • Use a Mandoline to thinly slice the sweet yellow onions.

OXO V Slicer Mandoline

  • Consider purchasing this 5-in-1 Multi-Cooker, which is the same one as my beloved Miss O’Hara.

Game Day Overnight Crockpot Tomato Sauce

Game Day Overnight Crockpot Tomato Sauce

Ingredients:

    Caramelized Onions:
  • 1 Tablespoon Salted Butter
  • 2 Large Yellow Sweet Onions
  • 1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt
  • Tomato Sauce:
  • 1 (28-oz.) Can Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 (28-oz.) Can Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 (8-oz.) Container Button Mushrooms, Roughly Chopped
  • 2 Large Carrots, Peeled & Diced
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, Crushed
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Basil
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Finely Ground Black Pepper
  • Sea Salt (Optional)

Directions:

    Caramelized Onions:
  1. Liberally coat the sides and bottom of a crockpot with butter.
  2. Peel the onions, slice them in half, and then slice each half into thin slices; place in crockpot.
  3. Add the olive oil, salt, and Worcestershire to the onions, stir to combine, and cook on low heat for 8 hours overnight.
  4. Tomato Sauce:
  5. Add the canned tomatoes, mushrooms, carrots, garlic, basil, oregano, red pepper flakes, and black pepper to the caramelized onions.
  6. Stir to combine and then taste to see if you need to add any salt.
  7. Cook on low heat for 8 hours.
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  • Why have I never made tomato sauce in a crockpot before?! This is genius!

    • It’s a great way to make cheater tomato sauce…meaning using canned tomatoes instead of fresh.

  • Eliotseats

    I was recently made aware about caramelizing onions in the crock pot. That, and the idea of cooking this sauce in a crock pot, is genius!

    • Crockpot caramelized onions are a world changer! So simple…and this sauce afterwards makes them even better. Tons of flavor…minimal effort!

  • catchatcaren

    your blog is a complete delight!! Just signed up to follow you. Found you from the Katzenworld Blog and am so happy I did! Nice to meet you! catchatwithcarenandcody

    • So glad to have you! Welcome! Hopefully you’ll have fun around here and we’ll get to know one another better!🍀

  • tchole213

    Looks delicious and this would be a great snack for most gatherings. Thanks for sharing!

    • It was a great snack…and it made enough for us to eat dinner for two more evenings at least!

  • Count me in for anything with carmelized onions! Yum!

  • Leena

    Kitten Bowl –I’l need to YouTube that asap! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  • Chimee Ahaiwe

    Not really a fan of tomatoes but this looks very delicious

    • Thanks Chimee…I love tomatoes but have to be careful how often I eat them. They always give me a mysteriously hideous side pain if I eat too many!

  • Hasannah McGhee

    This is perfect because I’m trying to start cooking more and this recipe sounds good and the pictures look great!

  • So I recently recovered from a horrible ordeal due to acid reflux and the one thing I’m not supposed to eat anymore is tomatoes…waaaaahhhh. However, I do sneak them in from time to time. I love tomatoes and anything tomatoe reciped. This sauce looks so good!

    • I kinda feel the same with my issues with tomatoes…I love them…and they pretty much kill me in the summer!

  • Tia

    This looks delish! I have always been intimidated with making my own pasta sauce and I usually buy one thats premade. You have inspired me to try this receipe because it looks easy.

    • It’s super easy Tia…and you’ll love the difference in taste…so much better than store bought!

  • This is really perfect for the bug day! It looks so yummy!