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Bowl of spaghetti Bolognese with parmesan cheese and fork

Slow-cooker Bolognese

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
    • Cook: -
  • 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

  • Freezable
  • Healthy
Nutrition: per serving
HighlightNutrientUnit
kcal295
fat12g
saturates4g
carbs13g
sugars11g
fibre4g
protein34g
low insalt0.87g
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Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 smoked bacon rashers, chopped
  • 1 ½kg lean minced beef (or use half beef, half pork mince)
  • 4 onions, finely chopped
  • 3 carrots, finely chopped
  • 4 celery sticks, finely chopped
  • 8 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 500g mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 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
  • cooked spaghetti, to serve
  • parmesan, to serve

Method

  • STEP 1

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

  • STEP 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.

  • STEP 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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Recipe from Good Food magazine, October 2010

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