Today we’ll look at making some yummy pasta sauces from scratch. Yes, even in the summer your slow cooker still comes through in a big way. I love the way you can take your CSA or farmers market jewels and turn them into sauces for a great pasta dish.
They even freeze well for last-minute meals now or when tomato season is just a vague memory. These sauces are amazing with bread sticks and can even be the base of a grilled pizza!
You can even make some easy homemade vegan pasta to serve with any of these sauces if you want.
Slow Cooker Summer Pasta Sauce with Fresh Basil not only takes advantage of tomato season, but adds in eggplant, peppers, and fresh basil. You can also sneak in some other veggies or fresh herbs that you find in your garden.
Think of Slow Cooker Hide and Seek Veggie Pasta Sauce as a base to puree the veggie that you love and your family can’t stand. The base recipe adds in carrots and green pepper, but you can also add cauliflower, kale, baby turnips and more. Just make sure you don’t use too much green or they’ll know something’s up from the color change!
I cook my pasta on the burner we have on our grill if it’s an unbearable day. I may still get a little hot and sweaty, but at least I still have a cool house to go back into!
The only thing we’re missing is a nice cheezy topping. I make Vegan Almond “Parmesan”. It’s quick, easy and can be done in a small food processor at the last minute. Oh – it tastes really good too. It’s salty and has that wonderfully cheezy flavor that the nutritional yeast brings with it. You can make a big batch and store it in the fridge for weeks.
There are even more summer-friendly recipes in my book. You can find these in The Vegan Slow Cooker:
- Make Your Own Marinara Sauce
- Meatless Sausage and Mushroom Ragu
- Pumpkin and White Bean Lasagna – one dish meal!
- Smoky Mac and Cheese
If you haven’t already written a review of The Vegan Slow Cooker on Amazon be sure to stop by and tell people why you like it and mention some of your favorite recipes!
Looking for a cool drink? Check out my Lychee Pina Colada recipe on the Key Ingredient blog today.