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Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce

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Course: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: slow cooker bolognese sauce
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 8 -10
Calories: 136kcal
Author: Julia Frey of Vikalinka


  • 3 strips of bacon/50g bacon or pancetta cut
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 2 medium carrots diced
  • 2 celery stalks diced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 X 14oz/400g cans of chopped tomatoes
  • 2 cups/500 ml water
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 lbs extra-lean ground beef


  • In a frying pan cook cubed pancetta or bacon until crispy. Remove to a plate.
  • In the same frying pan brown ground beef over medium heat with salt and pepper until cooked all the way through.
  • To the slow cooker add diced onion, carrot, celery, minced garlic, bacon, canned tomatoes, water, basil and oregano, 1 tsp salt and cooked ground beef. Stir to combine.
  • Cook on low for 8 hours. At the end of cooking time taste and add more salt if necessary.
  • Serve with pasta and parmesan cheese.

*Note: This sauce will get thicker the next day.


    Calories: 136kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 757mg | Potassium: 616mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2330IU | Vitamin C: 13.1mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 3mg