Slow cooked proper bolognese

    8 hours 20 min

    Let the slow cooker do all the work for you: This is the perfect recipe if you have a family that loves their food and you are short on time.


    Greater Manchester, England, UK
    33 people made this

    Serves: 8 

    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 250g pancetta or streaky bacon, cut into cubes
    • 1kg coarse ground mince beef
    • 250ml red wine
    • 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
    • 500g onions, finely chopped
    • 2 celery sticks, trimmed and diced
    • 1 large carrot, peeled and diced
    • 1 (400g) tin chopped tomatoes
    • 250ml tomato passata
    • 1 beef stock cube
    • 2 bay leaves
    • sea salt
    • freshly ground pepper

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:8hr  ›  Ready in:8hr20min 

    1. Warm the olive oil in a large frying pan over a high heat. When hot, add the pancetta or bacon and cook for 2-3 minutes or until it becomes opaque. Add the mince in batches and cook for 5 to 10 minutes until browned, spooning in the slow cooker with a slotted spoon as it cooks.
    2. Return the pan to the heat and add the wine. Cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly to scrape any tasty bits from the bottom of the pan. Pour into the slow cooker. Add the garlic, onions, celery, carrot, tomatoes, passata, stock cube, and bay leaves to the mince and mix well.
    3. Cover slow cooker with the lid and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours or until thick and rich.
    4. Season with plenty of salt and pepper.

    Serving suggestions:

    Serve with freshly cooked spaghetti. I personally like a dressed green salad with plenty of cucumber too. Dont forget your Parmesan cheese and freshly ground pepper.


    This is great for freezing and reheating gently on the hob.

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    Love this Bolognese, easy peasy to make and delicious! I added some mushrooms and red peppers to get more veg into the kids.  -  30 Sep 2015


     -  26 Jan 2013


    Very nice halfed everything so didn't make as much but was amazing..  -  24 Nov 2014