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Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 6 hrs
Total Time: 6 hrs 10 mins
Easy slow cooker bolognese sauce recipe, homemade with simple ingredients. Loaded with ground beef, tomatoes, carrots, celery and lots of Italian herbs. Best served with spaghetti.
Yield: 6 People


  • 2 tbsp Butter, Unsalted
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 2 cups Onion, Finely chopped
  • 4 cloves Garlic, Finely minced
  • 1.5 cups Carrots, Peeled, Diced
  • 2 stalks Celery, Diced
  • 2 pound Ground beef
  • 1 cup Red wine, Or use low sodium beef broth or vegetable broth
  • 2 cans Crushed tomatoes, 28 oz. can each
  • 1 can Tomato paste, 6 oz. can
  • 1/2-1 cup Milk, Whole, Adjust according to your preference
  • 1.5 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • Salt , To taste
  • Pepper, To taste
  • 1 tbsp Granulated sugar
  • 2 cubes Beef bouillon , Crushed
  • 1/4 tsp Red chili flakes, Optional
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1 tbsp Parsley, Roughly chopped, For garnish


  • Heat half the butter and half the oil in a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat.
  • Add onion, garlic, carrots, celery and saute until onion is translucent and garlic is fragrant.
  • Transfer this to slow cooker.
  • Heat remaining butter and oil in the same nonstick pan over medium-high heat.
  • Add beef and cook, breaking it up, until browned.
  • Transfer to slow cooker as well.
  • In the same nonstick pan, add red wine.
  • Bring to simmer and scrape all the brown bits off the bottom of the pan.
  • Then, pour this mixture into the slow cooker too.
  • Add crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, milk, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, sugar, crushed bouillon cubes, red chili flakes, bay leaf.
  • Mix until combined.
  • Cover and cook on low heat for 6 hours.
  • Discard bay leaf.
  • Garnish with parsley and enjoy!


  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 5 days and reheated in the microwave or stovetop. 


Calories: 611kcal, Carbohydrates: 28g, Protein: 31g, Fat: 39g, Saturated Fat: 14g, Trans Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 117mg, Sodium: 661mg, Potassium: 1385mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 16g, Vitamin A: 6333IU, Vitamin C: 26mg, Calcium: 134mg, Iron: 6mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Calories: 611
Author: Abeer Rizvi