Bowl of spaghetti Bolognese with parmesan cheese and fork

Slow cooker Bolognese

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 7 hrs, 30 mins - 9 hrs, 30 mins

Easy

Serves 12

Batch cook a healthy Bolognese using your slow cooker. Freeze the leftovers for easy midweek dinners when you're more pushed for time

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal295
  • fat12g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs13g
  • sugars11g
  • fibre4g
  • protein34g
  • salt0.87g
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Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 6 smoked bacon rashers, chopped
    Bacon

    Bacon

    bay-kon

    Bacon is pork that has been cured one of two ways: dry or wet. It can be bought as both rashers…

  • 1½ kg lean minced beef (or use half beef, half pork mince)
  • 4 onions, finely chopped
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 3 carrots, finely chopped
    Carrot

    Carrot

    ka-rot

    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 4 celery sticks, finely chopped
    Celery

    Celery

    sell-er-ee

    A collection of long, thick, juicy stalks around a central, tender heart, celery ranges in…

  • 8 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 500g mushrooms, sliced
    Mushroom

    Mushroom

    mush-room

    The mushroom is a fungus which comes in a wide range of varieties that belong to two distinct…

  • 4 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
    Tomato

    Tomato

    toe-mart-oh

    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 6 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 tbsp dried mixed herbs
  • 2 bay leaves
  • large glass red wine (optional)
  • 4 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sugar
    Sugar

    Sugar

    shuh-ga

    Honey and syrups made from concentrated fruit juice were the earliest known sweeteners. Today,…

  • cooked spaghetti, to serve
  • parmesan, to serve
    Parmesan

    Parmesan

    parm-ee-zan

    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a large pan and fry the bacon and mince in batches until browned. Add to your slow cooker. 

  2. Add the onions, carrots, celery, garlic, mushrooms, tomatoes, tomato purée, herbs, wine (if using), vinegar, sugar and seasoning to the slow cooker. Cover and cook on Low for 6-8 hours, then uncover, turn to High and cook for another hour until thick and saucy.

  3. Serve with cooked spaghetti and grated or shaved parmesan. To cook this entire recipe on the hob, check out our big-batch Bolognese recipe.

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risky76's picture
risky76
12th Nov, 2018
1.05
Or ...... do all of this with a big wok or pan, takes about 45mins from prep to dishing out. 7.5hrs?!!!! That's Crazy. I cook a huge batch at the weekend and portion it out to freeze so that it's ok for dinner in the week with some garlic bread and spaghetti. Doing in the slow cooker is bizarre.
twobit
10th Oct, 2018
I was looking to do this in the pressure cooker as 8 hours on low would only be 24 mins in the pressure cooker. Does anyone know if I need to adjust liquids ? As both pressure cooker and slow cookers generate liquid ? Cheers as wanting to experiment with it more.
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goodfoodteam
12th Oct, 2018
Thanks for your question. Take a look at our pressure cooker tips to help you adapt the recipe: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/10-tips-using-pressure-cooker We hope this helps!
creasyo
21st Aug, 2018
What size slow cooker are you using for this recipe? I have a 3.5L and had to leave out the mushrooms and onions as there was no room. I added all the bits i thought would add flavour and it's cooking right now so will let you know how it turns out.
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goodfoodteam
27th Aug, 2018
Thanks for your question - we'd suggest a 6l slow cooker for big batch cooking like this. We hope yours still turned out well.
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