A chunky, spicy tomato sauce is the base for many different Italian dishes we cook. This is a fairly traditional Sicilian marinara sauce - there’s no butter or onions in the sauce itself and the result is a bright tomato sauce with lots of flavor.

This sauce is a base ingredient in a lot of my other dishes including:

  • 8 servings
  • 10 mins
  • 6 hours
  • 6 hours 10 mins


  • 2 28 ounce cans tomatoes, crushed
  • 4 ounces tomato paste
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon salt
  • cinnamon
  • red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon Basil, dried and minced
  • 2 Tablespoons oregano
  • 1 teaspooon garlic, minced
  • olive oil



  • Heat 1 Tablespoon olive oil in the slow cooker on saute mode.
  • Brown the garlic.
  • Add all other ingredients and switch the Instant Pot to Slow Cook mode. Let simmer for 6 hours on low heat. Taste about halfway through to adjust seasoning.