Please upgrade your browser

  View changes →

Jan 15 2014
3 years ago
12:08 PM MDT

Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce Recipe

Jan 15, 2014 @ 12:08 PM MDT
The links in the post below may be affiliate links. Read the full disclosure.

slow cooker bolognese sauce Hip2Save

If you’re looking for an outstanding, restaurant quality pasta dish from your slow cooker, then this is a winner! Pasta with Bolognese sauce is one of my favorite dishes to order at fancy Italian restaurants and although it requires a few more steps than traditional spaghetti, it’s totally worth the extra work! This meal will make your kitchen smell amazing (and for me, cooking with white wine always makes me feel like a gourmet cook 🙂 ).

Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce

(adapted from


3 oz pancetta, chopped (or center cut bacon)
1 tbsp butter (or olive oil)
1/2 large white onion, minced
2 celery stalks (about 3/4 cup), finely chopped
2 carrots (about 3/4 cup), finely chopped
2 lb 95% lean ground beef
1/4 cup white wine
2 – 28 oz cans crushed tomatoes
3 bay leaves
salt and fresh pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup half & half cream
chopped parsley to garnish

How to make bolognese sauce Hip2Save


In a large skillet on the stove, sauté pancetta for about 5 minutes on med-high. Add butter, celery, onions, carrots, and cook on medium-low heat until soft, about 5 minutes. Add meat, season with salt and pepper and sauté until browned on med high heat. Drain the fat then add wine; cook until it reduces down, about 3-4 minutes.

Put mixture in the slow cooker. Add the crushed tomatoes, bay leaves, salt and pepper. Stir, cover and cook on low for about 4-6 hours. (I could only wait 4 hours and it was still amazing.)

Before serving add half and half, parsley, and salt/pepper to taste. Serve over your favorite pasta. Garnish with a little more chopped parsley.

Slow Cooker Bolognese Hip2Save
This recipe makes about 10 cups of sauce so we had lots of left overs. This dish does well frozen and reheated when you’re ready to serve again!

Easy Penne Bolognese Hip2Save
This was a meal success at my house, and I hope it is in yours as well. Enjoy!

Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s recipes created just for Hip2Save, click here.

  • HIP List
  • Print

Sign up and start saving! It's free and easy. Already have an account?

What is the HIP List?

Have you ever had moments when you're either out of time or out of printer ink, or both, and you really want to keep track of a "Hip" deal or print a valuable coupon in the next day or two? Or what do you do when an outstanding, but pricey, deal is posted and you want to save it for discussion with your significant other? Well, now you're in luck! No more searching through pages of posts to find the coupon or the deal. Simply add the post to your HIP List and access it at your convenience.

How Does the HIP List Work?

It's easy! To use this feature, you first must head on over here and register and log into your account. Whenever you find a great deal that you want to come back later to, just click on the HIP List icon located on each post (see images below) and the information will be saved in your account.


When logged into your account, you will then see your HIP List on every page.


If you're wanting to print a certain deal, article, or the Weekly Store Matchups from your HIP list, click on the small blue printer icon in the upper right corner of the HIP list. That will allow you to customize the information that you want or don't want to include in your HIP list so you're only printing the information that's most important to you!


If there are deals that you are not interested in keeping on your list, just click on the minus button to remove it.


Now, just print your customized HIP list whenever you're ready to go shopping and snag some "Hip" deals!