Recipe by VD711
"A very thick and hearty meat sauce simmered in the slow cooker."
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finely chopped baby carrots
onion, finely chopped
lean ground beef
1 (28 ounce) can
1 (6 ounce) can
ground black pepper
crushed red pepper flakes
grated Parmesan cheese
Hi - this is my recipe and I just wanted to note that I have switched from using 1 lb ground beef to 1 lb "meatloaf mix" (a ground beef/pork blend) and it really enhances the flavor of the sauce. Enjoy! :)
Meh. This was allright. I wasn't particularly thrilled, but my hubby seemed to enjoy this. I hesitated to give this a try, mainly because it really isn't authentic at all (but the slow cooker convenience appealed to me...). True bolognese is made with a mixture of beef, veal AND pork. Celery is also typically added although not necessary (it just adds another level of flavor). Served over spinach fettuccine (ironically, the one thing my hubs didn't care for), this was just "OK." I much prefer my slow cooker meaty spaghetti sauce recipe and will stick with that from now on. Thanks anyways, VD711. :-)
I made this for the recipe group selection of 8/13/11. I made very few changes: Browned the carrots and onions w/o the garlic, added them to the crockpot. Browned the beef/pork combo, drained the oil, added the milk and simmered until the milk was incorporated. (I felt this was an important step as I've never seen it in any other recipe!) I then added the meat and rest of the ingredients (except the cheese) plus a few shakes of garlic powder to the crockpot. Cooked on low for 7 hours, turned the temperature down to Warm and stirred in the cheese. This was definately worth the prep time. Hubby kept eating the sauce like chili (sans pasta) and asked me to put the rest in the freezer so he wouldn't OD on it....lol
Wonderful and so easy to make. I have to admit that I took the advice of another reviewer and I browned the hamburger meat, drained off the grease and added it to the slow cooker. Then I added the rest of the ingredients and set the slow cooker on low for 5-6 hours. It was delish!
I made this for the recipe group selection of 8/13/11. I've never had Bolognese however had just seen a cooking show on how to make it. Even though this recipe is slightly different, the one thing the chef said was how important is is to cook the carrot and onions separately, then adding the meat and cooking thoroughly for the right flavoring. So I followed the recipe's instructions to a tee and cooked the time specified. I thought this would taste just like regular spaghetti sauce, but it had a distinct rich meaty flavor. Everyone raved about it...lots of yum yums being murmured. I served it over wide egg noodles to hold the heavy sauce better. For certain I'll make this one again.
This is a very good, authentic recipe that's hard to mess up. I think next time though, I'll use Italian sausage instead of the ground beef just because we prefer the seasoning used in sausage. Thanks! :o)
This recipe was delicious! I made a couple changes - skipped the basil, oregano, & red pepper flakes and I only browned the meat, not the carrots, onions, & garlic. I also added 1 16oz can of tomato sauce. Once the meat was browned, I threw in all the ingredients & turned the crock pot on low for 8 hours....PERFECT!! Even my mother loved it and my brother said it was just like grandma's!
The only problem with this and other recipes is they cook vegetables and add the meat after and then drain fat. When you do this you drain all your vegetable juices along with the fat. Reverse the procedure and brown meat first, drain the fat, then add vegetables!!! Much more flavor!!! Saying this, the recipe was great!!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Slow Cooker Bolognese
Serving Size: 1/8 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 117
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