Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce Recipe – the best pasta sauce ever! Rich and deep in flavor pasta sauce cooked in a crock pot, served over spaghetti and topped with Parmesan.
That’s exactly what this is – comfort food at it’s best. This pasta sauce recipe will change your spaghetti game and you will love it! It’s perfect for those days when pasta just seems boring and you need a big bowl of comfort food. A steaming bowl of spaghetti with rich, slow cooker bolognese sauce is bound to make your soul and belly happy. Planning a relaxing weekend? This recipe is perfect for it! Minimal prep time and the magic happens in your slow cooker. Yes, please!
We are bringing spaghetti back to our weekly dinner menus with this Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce. A new family favorite! Serve with Easy Cheesy Garlic Bread and you are in for a feast that didn’t take much effort at all.
Don’t let the carrots and celery throw you off. It is quite common for these veggies to be used in pasta sauce by Italian cooks, or so I have been told. I love the sweetness the carrots add to the sauce. The celery blends perfectly with onions and garlic. Oh, feel free to amp up the amount of garlic in this recipe. I used 3 cloves but I love it with 5 cloves even more. That’s a personal preference. I just love garlic in my pasta dishes! 😀 Also, homemade pasta sauces are totally up my alley.I even make my own pizza sauce! It’s too easy not too.
You will notice that after browning the beef (and yes, let it brown until you see little bits at the bottom of the pan – they have a ton of flavor!), I recommend adding 1/2 a cup of half and half and one can of tomato sauce. You can skip them but I think it adds even more flavor and richness to the dish.
I would love for you to try this recipe and let me know how you like it. 😀
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- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 3/4 cup chopped red onion
- 2 carrots diced
- 2 celery stalks diced
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 can 28 oz. crushed tomatoes
- 1/2 cup half and half
- 1 can 4 oz. tomato sauce
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1 and 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
In a large saucepan, heat up olive oil. Add garlic and onion. Saute for 2 minutes. Add carrots and celery. Cook for about 5 minutes.
Place sauteed vegetables in a 5 quart slow cooker.
To the same saucepan, add beef and cook until done. Brown over medium heat, stirring often and breaking the meat. Cook until brown bites are visible on the bottom of the pan. Add half and half and cook 2 minutes or until most of the liquid evaporates. Add tomato sauce and cook the mixture for 3 minutes. Place in the slow cooker, next to vegetables.
Add crushed tomatoes and seasoning to slow cooker. Stir everything together. Cook on LOW setting for 6 to 8 hours.
Serve over cooked spaghetti or fettuccine pasta. Top with Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley.
Other delicious bolognese recipes:
Tagliatelle Short-rib Bolognese from Closet Cooking
Chicken Lasagna alla Bolognese from Jo Cooks
Zucchini Noodles with Turkey Bolognese from Just a Taste