Slow Cooked – Bolognese Sauce

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This is what I cook most frequently in my slow cooker. I love to know I have this bubbling away in my kitchen. All the beautiful flavours and ingredients melting into a deep rich tomato based sauce.  It’s the perfect recipe for the slow cooker. My children love Bolognese sauce so I always make a huge batch of this to freeze in portions.

Makes approximately 20 child size portions or 10 adult sized
(2.5 litres of bolognese)
2 medium onions finely chopped
400g mushrooms finely sliced
2 carrots finely chopped
2 courgettes chopped
2 sticks of celery finely chopped
2 garlic cloves crushed
150ml of beef stock
900g of lean minced beef
2 x 400g cans of chopped tomatoes
3 tablespoons of tomato puree
1 bay leaf
Salt and pepper
You can also add a squidge of tomato sauce and a dash of Worcestershire sauce

  Rich tomato bolognese sauce

  1. Put into the slow cooker the onions, carrots, courgettes, celery, mushrooms, garlic, and finally the minced beef. Then add the purée, the stock, the tinned tomatoes and add the bay leaf with a grind of salt and pepper.  It’s a bit of a squeeze so ease off on the tomatoes if you are finding it hard to get it all in.
  2. Put on the lid and cook for 8 hours  on low or 4 hours on high.  However it is a great recipe for being left to cook for quite sometime.  I have been known to put it together at night and leave it cooking on low until mid-morning.
  3. Towards the end give it a good stir, taste and perhaps add a squidge of tomato sauce and a dash of Worcester sauce if you feel it needs a little something extra. Remove the bayleaf and serve with any sort of pasta.

You can  find more recipes, tips and my slow cooker guide.  I’m building a comprehensive slow cooker guide to help people choose the best slow cooker for them and find good slow cooker recipes.

Happy cooking.



    • Clare says

      Ahhh yes Kate it definitely helps to add some wine. I generally add the batch I do for me and Mr.

  1. says

    Wow! Is that really your slow cooker? It’s lush. I’ve only recently got into using my slow cooker & this looks like a fab recipe. I’ve also been wanted to make my own pasta sauce for soo long – so it’s perfect thanks for sharing Claire!

    • Clare says

      Emily, Yes that’s by beloved slow cooker. Couldn’t do without it. It’s a great recipe but if you want to add red wine that’s good and you could cut back on some of the meat too to make it a lot cheaper. Loved your sing and sign photographs on your blog. Sing and sign was the best class I did with our eldest. Thanks for stopping by. Clare

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