Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce

prep time

25 minutes

cook time

8 hours

servings

8
The slow cooker takes the work and mess out of simmering an Italian-inspired Bolognese meat sauce that’s perfect for ladling over a plate of hot pasta.

ingredients

4 ounces pancetta, or center cut bacon, chopped
1 tablespoon butter
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 celery stalks, minced, about 3/4 cup
2 medium carrots, minced, about 3/4 cup
2 pounds lean ground beef
1/4 cup dry white wine
2 (28 ounce) cans Tuttorosso® Crushed Tomatoes with basil
3 bay leaves
Salt and black pepper to taste
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup half & half
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

instructions

  • In a large skillet, on low heat, sauté pancetta until fat melts, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add butter, onion, celery and carrots; cook on medium low until soft, about 5 minutes.
  • Increase heat to medium-high and add ground beef; season with salt and pepper. Sauté until browned. Drain excess fat and add wine; cook until it reduces down, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Add the meat mixture to a 6 quart or larger slow cooker. Add tomatoes, bay leaves, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper and nutmeg; cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.
  • At the end of cooking time adjust the taste with addition of more salt and black pepper. Add half & half and parsley; stir and serve over your favorite pasta or spaghetti squash.

nutrition

  • Calories:
    230
    |
  • Fats:
    12.0
    g
    |
  • Trans Fats:
    0
    g
    |
  • Cholesterol:
    55
    mg
    |
  • Sodium:
    610
    mg
    |
  • Carbohydrate:
    13
    g
    |
  • Fiber:
    3
    g
    |
  • Protein:
    16
    g
    |
  • Vitamin A:
    80
    %
    |
  • Vitamin C:
    15
    %
    |
  • Calcium:
    8
    %
    |
  • Iron:
    15
    %

  • TUT_SlowCookerBolognese

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