Slow Cooker Bolognese

They always say the secret’s in the sauce, and there are few sauces with more secrets than a Bolognese! Even if you don’t have an Italian grandma to give you all the tips and tricks, this Slow Cooker Bolognese recipe will make it seem like you do.

Slow Cooker Bolognese

3 from 5 votes

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 cup finely chopped baby carrots

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 pound lean ground beef

  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk, divided

  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes

  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat, and cook and stir the carrots, onion, and garlic until tender, about 10 minutes. Place the ground beef into the skillet and cook and stir, breaking up the meat as it cooks, until browned. Drain off excess fat from the skillet, and pour in 1 cup milk. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until the milk is absorbed, about 15 minutes.
  • Place the beef mixture into a slow cooker, and set the cooker to High. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, salt, pepper, basil, oregano, and red pepper flakes, and cook for 2 hours. Mix in 1/2 cup milk and Parmesan cheese, stir well, and cook for 2 more hours.

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