Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce

This is a great way to make a big batch of homemade Bolognese sauce and freeze it to have on hand for months. The slow cooking process really allows the flavors to develop and creates an incredible pairing for pasta.

TOTAL TIME: 7 hr 20 min
Prep: 15 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 7 hr 5 min
 
YIELD: 8 to 10 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • Kosher salt and cracked black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • Two 28-ounce cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 pound ground sirloin
  • Pasta, for serving
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Directions

Heat the oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, carrots, celery and onions. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and cook about 3 minutes. Add the tomato paste, thyme and nutmeg, and continue cooking until the vegetables have softened and started to brown, about 2 minutes. Deglaze with the wine, pulling up any bits from the bottom of the pan. Season with salt and pepper.

Carefully transfer to the slow cooker. Stir in the cream and tomatoes. Mix the pork and sirloin together in a separate bowl, using your hands, until combined. Stir the meat into the slow cooker, spreading out evenly and avoiding any large clumps. Cover and cook on high for 4 to 6 hours or on low 8 to 10 hours. Skim the accumulated grease from the surface before serving.

Serve over pasta with crusty bread for soaking up the sauce.

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  • on July 24, 2014

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    I haven't made this yet but it is making me review b4 I can read all of the reviews.... It sounds really good & I am definitely going to make really soon. I really like the slow cooker part so I can come home & just make the pasta & maybe a salad. I have a 3 year old daughter & if she likes it I will be making often because it is healthy with the veggies etc... I will review again after I have tried it...if it will let me...

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  • on March 23, 2014

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    This recipe was awful the meat came out extremely mushy

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  • on February 13, 2014

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    This recipe was easy and quite good. I have a traditional bolognese recipe that we love from David Rocco. I was skeptical about the slow cooker version, as much as I love my crockpot! But, my husband and I both thought it was great. It makes the house smell wonderful, and it was nice to be able to have it ready at the end of the day. I did add a stalk of basil and a stem of rosemary to the sauce, and pulled those out towards the end. I also added crushed dried red pepper. Without those additions it would have been a little bland for us, but you can easily season to taste. I would definitely make this again.

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