Slow Cooker Bolognese

Slow Cooker Bolognese

VD711 9

"A very thick and hearty meat sauce simmered in the slow cooker."


4 h 50 m servings 245 cals
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Original recipe yields 8 servings



  • Calories:
  • 245 kcal
  • 12%
  • Fat:
  • 13 g
  • 20%
  • Carbs:
  • 17.9g
  • 6%
  • Protein:
  • 16.3 g
  • 33%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 44 mg
  • 15%
  • Sodium:
  • 547 mg
  • 22%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat, and cook and stir the carrots, onion, and garlic until tender, about 10 minutes. Place the ground beef into the skillet and cook and stir, breaking up the meat as it cooks, until browned. Drain off excess fat from the skillet, and pour in 1 cup milk. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until the milk is absorbed, about 15 minutes.
  2. Place the beef mixture into a slow cooker, and set the cooker to High. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, salt, pepper, basil, oregano, and red pepper flakes, and cook for 2 hours. Mix in 1/2 cup milk and Parmesan cheese, stir well, and cook for 2 more hours.


  • Easy Cleanup
  • Try using a liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.
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  1. 163 Ratings


Hi - this is my recipe and I just wanted to note that I have switched from using 1 lb ground beef to 1 lb "meatloaf mix" (a ground beef/pork blend) and it really enhances the flavor of the sauce...

I made this for the recipe group selection of 8/13/11. I made very few changes: Browned the carrots and onions w/o the garlic, added them to the crockpot. Browned the beef/pork combo, drained th...

Wonderful and so easy to make. I have to admit that I took the advice of another reviewer and I browned the hamburger meat, drained off the grease and added it to the slow cooker. Then I added...

I made this for the recipe group selection of 8/13/11. I've never had Bolognese however had just seen a cooking show on how to make it. Even though this recipe is slightly different, the one thi...

This is a very good, authentic recipe that's hard to mess up. I think next time though, I'll use Italian sausage instead of the ground beef just because we prefer the seasoning used in sausage. ...

This recipe was delicious! I made a couple changes - skipped the basil, oregano, & red pepper flakes and I only browned the meat, not the carrots, onions, & garlic. I also added 1 16oz can of ...

The only problem with this and other recipes is they cook vegetables and add the meat after and then drain fat. When you do this you drain all your vegetable juices along with the fat. Reverse t...

This was GREAT and my family loved it. I definitely appreciated the convenience and lack of mess--normally when I simmer pasta sauce it splatters and creates a mess, but this solved the problem....

This was the Recipe Group Selection for 8/13/11. I had never had a Bolognese before so I had no other Bolognese to compare it to, but we thought it was delicious. The changes I made were minima...