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Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce over spaghetti on plate.

Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce

This Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce is the best classic meat sauce ever! This rich and deep in flavor pasta sauce is cooked in a crock pot, served over fettuccine and topped with Parmesan. 

Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword bolognese sauce, slow cooker bolognese
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 307 kcal
Author Anna


  • 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
  • 28 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 4 oz tomato sauce
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1.5 tsp Italian seasoning


  1. 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.

  2. Place sauteed vegetables in a 5 quart slow cooker. 

  3. 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.

  4. Add crushed tomatoes and seasoning to slow cooker. Stir everything together. Cook on LOW setting for 6 to 8 hours. 

  5. Serve over cooked spaghetti or fettuccine pasta. Top with Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley. 

Recipe Notes

  1. Please note, that the nutrition value can vary depending on what product you use. The information below is an estimate. Always use calorie counter you are familiar with.
  2. Feel free to use ground turkey in place of beef.
  3. To freeze: cool the sauce completely, then place in freezer-safe container. Freeze for up to 6 months.
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 307 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 61mg20%
Sodium 552mg24%
Potassium 815mg23%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 3895IU78%
Vitamin C 17.2mg21%
Calcium 109mg11%
Iron 3.7mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.