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Easy Slow-Cooker Bolognese

Your Spaghetti Will Thank You For This Slow-Cooker Bolognese Recipe

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.

Slow-Cooker Bolognese Sauce

Adapted from Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking by Marcella Hazan

Easy Slow-Cooker Bolognese


  1. 1 (28-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes
  2. 1 stick salted butter
  3. 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and halved
  4. 1/2 pound ground beef (I used 85% lean, 15% fat)
  5. 2 sweet Italian pork sausage links, casings removed
  6. Salt, to taste


  1. Place all ingredients in a slow cooker. Cook on high for 4-5 hours or on low for 6 hours.
  2. 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.
  3. Serve over pasta, and store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
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