Bolognese is one of those beautiful Italian sauces that fills the body with joy from head to toe. We’ve had it in July, eating outside under the sinking summer sun; we’ve eaten fettuccine Bolognese in the throes of winter, illuminated by flickering candle light. This recipe brings the soul of Italy right into your kitchen, no matter the season!
Why is Bolognese such a favorite across the globe? It’s unlike many meat-based sauces in that it’s more sweet than savory. A typical Bolognese combines bright vegetables (e.g. carrots, sweet yellow onions) and red wine along with red meat with hearty pasta to capture the crumbled meat. However, it takes a long time to pull all of these flavors out of their ingredients, which is why we bring you Bolognese in the convenience of a slow cooker! This recipe will hit the spot and become a fast favorite for whomever you cook it for!
Slow Cooker Bolognese
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 pound ground pork
- 1 cup pancetta
- 1/2 cup red wine
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 3 garlic cloves (minced)
- 1 medium yellow onion (minced)
- 1 carrot (shredded)
- 1 celery stalk (minced)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 2 14 ounce cans whole peeled tomatoes
- 1 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes
- 1 cup vegetable stock
- 1 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
- 1 pound pasta (we recommend fettuccine)
- Crumble ground beef and pork into your slow cooker.
- Stir together red wine, white wine, vegetable stock, heavy cream, salt, and cocoa powder in a separate bowl. Then add these ingredients to the meat.
- Add whole tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, and tomato paste to the slow cooker.
- Mince carrots, celery, yellow onion, garlic and add them to the slow cooker.
- Add the pancetta to the rest of your ingredients.
- Set your slow cooker to low for 9 hours.
- Cook pasta to your liking then add the Bolognese sauce. Molto delizioso!
Recipe adapted from The Lazy Mom Cooks