Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce

Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce

When it comes to pasta and Italian dishes I am a little bit of a plain jane.  I am not a big fan of cream sauces and given the choice I will always choose a basic meat sauce or bolognese sauce.  One of my favorite comfort meals is Spaghetti with meat sauce that I have shared on the blog before.  I think it is pretty much the best!

One of the tricks to a really good meat sauce is letting it cook and simmer for a long time.  The longer it simmers, the thicker and richer the sauce gets.  The one down side to that is you need to be home while it is cooking.  I am not a fan of leaving my gas range going and not being there.  So on the days when I’m craving a good bolognese sauce but I’m not going to be around most of the day to keep an eye on it and give it a stir this slow cooker version is perfect!

Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce

Unlike my other meat sauce recipe this one has a few yummy additions – bacon , carrots and celery.  I start out by sauteing the veggies in some butter.

Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce

Add in the hamburger that has been browned and some crisp bacon.

Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce

All of these gets put in the slow cooker with some crushed canned tomatoes and seasoning and then you  just let it cook on low for about 6 hours!

Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce

The sauce thickens and the flavors meld together for a yummy plate of pure comfort food!
Slow Cooker Bolognese SauceThe recipe was adapted from one I originally found at Skinny Taste.

For other pasta dishes try these:

Macaroni Grill Penne Rustica


Spaghetti with Meat Sauce


Penne with Spinach and Chicken Sausage


Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce
Serves: approx. 6 cups of sauce
  • 4 strips bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • ½ yellow onion, diced
  • 1 C celery, diced
  • 1 C carrot, diced
  • 1½ lbs. lean ground beaf
  • 2 - 28 oz. cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Saute vegetables in butter for about 5 minutes.
  2. In another pan brown hamburger
  3. Cook bacon until crisp and crumble
  4. Add everything into slow cooker
  5. Add tomatoes and seasonings.
  6. Cook on low for 6 hours


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Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. Mary Lynn says

    What is wrong with me, that I dislike Bacon? With just 4 strips, does this have a strong, bacon flavor? Maybe, I could use two.

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