Bolognese sauce is a classic Italian recipe that sounds complicated, but this version couldn't be simpler. Thanks to a combination of two well-trusted elements (Marcella Hazan's tomato sauce recipe and a slow cooker), you can have homemade meat sauce ready by dinnertime with minimal effort.
The beauty of this recipe is it calls for only a few ingredients, but when combined, they yield incredible flavor. Set all the ingredients in your slow cooker in the morning, and you'll come home to an Italian-restaurant-worthy smell.
- 1 (28-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes
1 stick salted butter
1 medium yellow onion, peeled and halved
1/2 pound ground beef (I used 85% lean, 15% fat)
2 sweet Italian pork sausage links, casings removed
Salt, to taste
- Place all ingredients in a slow cooker. Cook on high for 4-5 hours or on low for 6 hours.
- Give the sauce a stir, then use an immersion blender and pulse a few times to break up the onions and large chunks of tomatoes. Alternatively, remove the onions and reserve for another use, or gently mash them using the back of a spoon.
- Serve over pasta, and store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
- 4-6 servings
- Total Time
- 4 hours, 59 minutes, 59 seconds