Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce

I was searching for a new tomato-based sauce that I could use on (whole or ground) Italian sausage sandwiches. It was a cold day, so I wanted something that would cook all day, making the house smell great. I like that. Eight or so hours of great smells, culminating in a fantastic sandwich topped with slow cooker marinara sauce.

Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce

This slow cooker marinara sauce is a great all-around marinara sauce. Double the recipe and keep some in the freezer. It’s great to have on hand for those nights when you need a simple meal. Great on pasta, sandwiches, pizza, you name it.

Add a bit of dried red pepper flake for a little kick, if you want.

Try my quick fix messy meatball sandwich.

Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce
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Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce

 It was a cold day, so I wanted something that would cook all day, making the house smell great. I like that. Eight or so hours of great smells, culminating in a fantastic sandwich topped with slow cooker marinara sauce.
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Keyword crockpot, Italian, sauce, slow cooker, spaghetti
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6 cups
Calories 21kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to your slow cooker set to low heat.
  • Stir and cook 8 hours, stirring every hour or so.
  • If the mixture gets too thick add a little water and stir.
  • Remove the bay leaves before using.

Nutrition

Calories: 21kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 61mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 18IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Grilled Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Olives

Whenever you’re cooking outdoors on the grill, there’s always room leftover to put treats, like these insanely good grilled bacon-wrapped stuffed olives. They’re easy to cook, and disappear in minutes. I often refer to these as ‘cooks treats’, since I get to be the first person to sample them.

Grilled Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Olives

These are the world’s easiest snacks. I used jalapeno-stuffed olives, but you can use garlic-stuffed or whatever you like, even Gouda-stuffed ones. Or heck, they don’t even have to be stuffed! These little morsels come out salty and briny, with a nice kick from the rub (I used a sweet rub with a little kick to it).

Also try my spicy roasted olives and my grilled bacon-wrapped jalapeno-stuffed olives..

Grilled Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Olives
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Grilled Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Olives

Whenever you’re cooking outdoors on the grill, there’s always room leftover to put treats, like these insanely good grilled bacon-wrapped stuffed olives. They’re easy to cook, and disappear in minutes. 
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword grilled, olives
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12 olives
Calories 36kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Fire up your grill for indirect cooking.
  • Roll small pieces of bacon around the olives and secure with toothpicks.
  • Lightly dust the wrapped olives with the rub.
  • Grill over indirect heat, flipping once or twice, until the bacon is cooked and crispy, 20-30 minutes.
  • Let cool slightly before devouring.

Nutrition

Calories: 36kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 111mg | Potassium: 16mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 18IU | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

I have already made this recipe for bacon ranch potato salad from Plain Chicken several times since Steph posted it. I make it a little different than she does in that I serve it cold and I don’t mix the dressing in with the potatoes. Instead, I serve the dressing on top. So it’s bordering on being a baked potato. In fact, the ‘dressing’ would be fantastic on top of a baked potato!

Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

No matter how you make it, this is a great and very easy-to-make potato salad. Bacon Ranch potato salad is perfect for a family get-together or cookout. Also try my bacon ranch slaw.

Bacon Ranch Potato Salad
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Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

No matter how you make it, this is a great and very easy-to-make potato salad. It is perfect for a family get-together or cookout. 
Course Side
Cuisine American
Keyword bacon, potato salad, Ranch
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 186kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425°.
  • Place the potatoes in a large bowl. Sprinkle with the oil, salt, and pepper and toss to coat well. Spread out on baking sheets and bake for 30-45 minutes until browned on the edges. How long you need to cook them depends on large or small you cut your potatoes. Remove and let cool.
  • Meanwhile, cook the bacon. Drain. Let cool.
  • In a small bowl, combine the bacon, green onions, Creole seasoning, and dressing.
  • Serve potatoes topped with a large dollop of the dressing.

Nutrition

Calories: 186kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 463mg | Potassium: 504mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 64IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Chipotle Seasoning

This is a great chipotle seasoning mix with a kickin’ southwestern flavor. I used it to make a creamy dipping sauce for chicken fingers, but it would work great as a rub too, specially on chicken.

Also try my homemade Montreal steak seasoning.

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Chipotle Seasoning

Course Spice Mix
Cuisine American
Keyword chipotle, seasoning
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 /4 cup
Author Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients. Add more coriander, cumin and cayenne as desired. Each of them can overwhelm the mix if you aren’t careful, so add them in small, but equal quantities.

Nutritional values are approximate.

Taco Sauce (Hot version)

I already have a version of taco sauce that is very much like what you get at Taco Bell – the plain sauce, not the hot. This version here is kicked up, and is just like the hot packets you get at Taco Bell. Perfect on tacos, nachos, and anything Mexican or southwestern.

Copycat Taco Bell Tacos

This hot taco sauce is great on my copycat Taco Bell tacos.

Copycat Taco Bell Tacos
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Taco Sauce (Hot version)

This sauce is just like the hot packets you get at Taco Bell.
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Keyword sauce, taco
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 9kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place tomato sauce and water into a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add the spices and whisk to combine well.
  • Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer and let simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Let cool slightly before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 9kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Sodium: 188mg | Potassium: 73mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 117IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.3mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Dry Onion Soup Mix

Got a recipe that calls for a packet of dried onion soup mix but don’t have any on hand? This is the exact same thing.

Onion Burgers Version 2.0
Onion Burgers Version 2.0

(Stir a few tablespoons of this mix into a few cups of sour cream and you’ll have a great onion dip!)

Also try my guacamole spice mix.

Onion Burgers Version 2.0
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Dry Onion Soup Mix

Stir a few tablespoons of this mix into a few cups of sour cream and you'll have a great onion dip!
Course Seasoning Mix
Cuisine American
Keyword dip, onion, soup
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 43kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients.
  • This makes 4 packets, or about 20 tablespoons.

Nutrition

Calories: 43kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.05g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 2565mg | Potassium: 140mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 0.2mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Buffalo Wing Dipping Sauce

Visit my other site, For The Wing, for all things chicken-wing!

Blue cheese, although great, can be a little strong to us. So, we were a little skeptical about all the blue cheesiness that was in this recipe for a Buffalo wing dipping sauce. Well, the sauce is fantastic. No more Ranch dipping sauce for us. This is the only sauce we’ll ever need or make.

This sauce has a great bite from the blue cheese with just a little heat. Nice and cool for hot wings. Don’t skimp and use a cheap blue cheese dressing. Get the real stuff. And if you’re worried it might be too blue cheesy, substitute Gorgonzola cheese.

Also try my blue cheese dressing.

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Buffalo Wing Dipping Sauce

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 cup
Calories 247kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place the cream cheese, dressing and hot sauce into medium bowl.
  • Microwave for 1-2 minutes until melted.
  • Whisk mixture until creamy smooth.
  • Fold in the blue cheese.

Nutrition

Calories: 247kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 3124mg | Potassium: 179mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 358IU | Vitamin C: 45mg | Calcium: 292mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Pizza and Pasta Sauce

This is my go-to red sauce. I use it on everything from pizza, to pasta, to meatballs. I always make a double batch and freeze some for later.

Pizza and Pasta Sauce

Depending on what you use this sauce for, you might want to puree it slightly in a blender or using a blender stick. We prefer our sauce a little thicker and chunky, even if we use it on pizzas.

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Pasta Sauce

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 62kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3-5 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2-3 shallots chopped
  • 3 tablespoon fresh thyme chopped (or 1 tablespoon dried)
  • 3 tablespoon fresh marjoram chopped (or 1 tablespoon dried)
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil chopped (or 2 teaspoons dried)

Instructions

  • Heat oil over high heat. Add garlic, shallots, thyme and marjoram and saute for 3 minutes.
  • Add wine and reduce by 1/2, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the two cans of tomatoes. Simmer, stirring often, for 7 minutes.
  • Add 1/2 -3/4ths of the can of tomato paste, sugar, and hot pepper flakes. Simmer an additional 7 minutes, stirring often.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste and add the basil, cook another 1 minute.

Nutrition

Calories: 62kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 97mg | Potassium: 100mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 407IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Tzatziki Sauce

This is my go-to Tzatziki sauce for gyros or just dipping with pita chips.

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Tzatziki Sauce

Course Sauce
Cuisine Greek
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Calories 335kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Peel the cucumber.
  • Cut the cucumber in half lengthwise and scrape out all of the seeds.
  • Mince the cucumber.
  • Place cucumber onto a large piece of plastic wrap.
  • Sprinkle cucumber with a pinch of salt.
  • Roll the plastic wrap up to make a tight log. Let sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, whisk the remaining ingredients together in a medium bowl.
  • Cut or open one end of the bag and squeeze out as much of the accumulated liquid as you can. You want the cucumber to be as dry as possible.
  • Add the cucumber to the sauce and fold to combine.

Nutrition

Calories: 335kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 2439mg | Potassium: 563mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 46g | Vitamin A: 89IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 376mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Chicken Fajita Marinade

We made some chicken fajitas on the grill the other night. We marinated the chicken first, using the chicken fajita marinade recipe below. Normally I use chicken tenderloins for something like fajitas, but a search of our freezer turned up nothing so I sliced chicken breasts instead.

This marinade has a nice citrus flavor from the lime, with a slight hint of smoke. Don’t be afraid to use more cayenne if you like a little more heat.

This marinade is perfect for chicken fajitas. For beef, try my fajita seasoning.

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Chicken Fajita Marinade

Course Spice Mix
Cuisine American
Keyword fajita, seasoning
Prep Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings 4 -6
Calories 275kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place the chicken in a resealable baggie.
  • Combine remaining ingredients in a small bowl. Pour into the baggie. Seal and toss gently to coat.
  • Put the bag into a large bowl in the fridge and let marinate for 1-4 hours.
  • Shake off excess marinade before cooking.

Nutrition

Calories: 275kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 1077mg | Potassium: 882mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 0.4g | Vitamin A: 196IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.