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Slow Cooked Bolognese in a white bowl with spaghetti

Slow Cooker Bolognese

Jack Slobodian
This Slow Cooker Bolognese recipe is hands down the easiest Bolognese I have ever made! It's perfect to get started in the morning before work, taking just 5 minutes to prep. It's high in protein, great for meal prepping, and is dirt cheap costing just $1.65 per portion.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs
Course Main Course, Meal Prep
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 8 people
Calories 283 kcal


  • 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion very finely sliced
  • 4 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 kg Beef mince 10% fat
  • 175 ml Red Wine dry
  • 1 kg Chopped Tomatoes
  • 2 handful Basil
  • Sea Salt & Cracked Black Pepper

To Serve

  • Pasta
  • Parmesan


  • Place the Beef Mince into the slow cooker. Add a generous amount of Sea Salt & Cracked Black Pepper. Use a wooden spoon and spend about 1 minute breaking up the Beef Mince.
  • Add Red Wine, Tomatoes, Onion, Garlic and a handful of Basil. Set your slow cooker too slow and cook for 8 hours. Carefully take off the lid and break up any big chunks of Beef Mince and mix through another handful of Basil.
  • If the Bolognese is still a bit saucey, take off the lid from the slow cooker and turn to high, leave to cook for 30-60 minutes.

Adding Pasta

  • Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil about 20 minutes before the Bolognese is ready. Add the Pasta and cook until al dente. Drain the Pasta and serve with a ladle of Bolognese.


Calories: 283kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 26gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 180mgPotassium: 692mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 173IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 54mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Crockpot Bolognese, Slow Cooker Bolognese
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