I've been making my own spaghetti sauce for a few years now. I'm not talking about chopping and saucing tomatoes, as I feel that's way too much work and I like my tomatoes to be turned into salsa. This recipe is SUPER easy. Really, it's kind of lazy. It's very good and also cheap.
Easy Pasta Sauce
2 giant cans of crushed tomatoes (I mean the Costco/Sam's size, here. Mine are 105 oz. each)
whole head of garlic (yes, all the cloves from a whole head. I guess if you hate garlic, you have bigger problems.)
pepper, to taste
salt, to taste
oregano (I used dried, about a tbsp)
basil (Again, I only had dried, about a tbsp)
1 tbsp. sugar
if you like them, and if you have them:
chopped onion (at least one whole onion, or more)
I usually don't saute the veggies, as that seems like work with this recipe.
Combine it all in a giant crock pot. I think mine is 6 qt, so obviously (I hope), you may want to halve this recipe for your crock pot.
Turn it on low and put the lid on so it gets hot. Once it's hot (about 20-30 minutes), fix the lid so it's ajar in order to let steam evaporate. I cook mine overnight for about 8-10 hours. Once it cools, freeze in ziploc bags. They'll stack nicely in your freezer.
By the way, these cans of tomatoes cost $2.69 each at Costco. We'll say I've used $2 worth of other ingredients. Maybe. (I didn't have peppers this time.) For less than $5 you can have something much better than you can buy at the store, and in greater quantity.