I want to share my crockpot bread recipe with y’all! This is wonderful because no one wants to be in a hot kitchen all day when it’s hot outside. I do put mine in the oven for 15 minutes at the end but that’s just to brown and crisp the crust! It’s not necessary.
Depending on how much time I have, I use my Quick French Bread recipe or my no knead bread recipe to make the dough. The first one takes about an hour to make the dough, the second one takes 18-24 hours. Of course most of this time is so the bread can rise. Remember the longer your bread takes to rise, the better it will taste! Choose a recipe based on how soon you want to be eating your bread 🙂
- Sprinkle corn meal on the bottom of your crockpot OR lay a sheet of parchment paper on the bottom of the crockpot. Both of these will prevent the bread from sticking as it cooks. I prefer cornmeal because it adds a very nice texture to the bottom of the crust, but to each his own
- Turn your crockpot on High
- Form your dough into a ball. I usually do this by squeezing it in half a few times, getting all the air bubbles out, and eventually putting the crease on the bottom when I plop it into the crockpot
- Put the lid on.
- Wait an hour. Use this time to make something delicious to eat your bread with or go tan outside or take a nap
- Check the bread. It won’t be done, but you’ll be able to see how much longer it needs. Mine has taken anywhere from 1 1/2-2 hours total. The bread will be done when you push on the top and it doesn’t spring back.
- Preheat your oven to 425 and pop the bread in. No pan is needed, but you can use one if you like. Bake for 15 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
Enjoy! Instagram your creation! Be proud of yourself! Remember, wait as long as you can to cut into your bread. Cutting into it while it’s still pretty hot can cause the inside to be a little gummy. The steam inside continues the cooking process for a while after it’s out of the oven/crockpot. For best results, wait at least 45 minutes 🙂
This is a great recipe for when you don’t have a lot of time to make dinner! The end result is hearty and much better than your normal “heat the sauce up in a pan, boil your spaghetti and put it all together on a plate” spaghetti dinner.
One pot spaghetti bake
Using my crockpot marinara sauce recipe (with or without meat), add 1 box of spaghetti, uncooked, and stir. The spaghetti cooks right in with the pasta sauce for a yummy pasta that isn’t too salty or sticky or bland. Stir every 30 minutes for about 1.5-2 hours and you’re all set! We serve this with salad and some garlic bread.
Have you ever made your own marinara sauce? If you haven’t, you should. Like tonight. Or tomorrow. Or this weekend. It is so worth every second of effort you put into it, which isn’t a lot. It’s so easy and so wonderfully delicious. It doesn’t require a lot of time, is pretty easy and you’ll be amazed at the results. If you’re going to make any of your family’s staples homemade, this should be one of them.
What makes it so delicious is the cooking time. The natural sugars in the tomatoes caramelize and create something you thought only your favorite pizza place was capable of. And while I’m sure your favorite pizza place is wonderful, you can recreate that depth of flavor at home.
You will need a crockpot. This allows for an even cooking method at a low temperature for a long time. Low and Slow.
Marinara sauce cooking in the crockpot
Homemade Marinara Sauce
- 2 large cans tomato sauce
- 1 can crushed tomatoes
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped into tiny pieces
- 1-2 tsp brown sugar (white works too!)
- 1 tsp basil
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
- 1/2 tsp onion powder or 1/4 cup diced onion
- 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/2 cup water
1.5 pound browned ground beef
1/4 cup diced onion
1/2 cup diced green or red bell pepper
Spray your crockpot with cooking spray like Pam. Then pour in all your ingredients and stir! Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4-6 hours, stirring every hour.
After it’s done, I usually refrigerate some and freeze some. It also is a good recipe for doubling! It freezes well.
This also makes a fabulous pizza sauce. To use as pizza sauce, omit the water.
Also adjust the sugar and spices to taste. I like mine a bit sweeter, sometimes I add more sugar, but I would make it like this first to see how you like it because it does sweeten after the cooking process.
Homemade marinara sauce