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Crock Pot Bolognese Sauce

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Show of hands, how many people are guilty of browning some inadequately seasoned ground beef and pouring a pre-made sauce like Ragu or Prego into the pan and calling it “meat sauce.” Yeah, for those of you that raised your hand, it’s time you put that hand to better use. This amazing crock pot bolognese sauce will make your mouth water as it slowly cooks and comes together.

Crock Pot Bolognese Sauce

Crock Pot Bolognese Sauce

This slow cooker sauce gives you that anticipation all day of what is to come. And the best part is that this crock pot Bolognese sauce is only slightly more changing than popping open a can of the premade stuff.

Crock Pot Bolognese Sauce

Crock Pot Bolognese Sauce

Let’s talk about this. I rough chopped all the veggies in it. Then, because I prefer a smooth sauce, I ran them through a blender. It took, with the Goose hanging out near my feet, about 10, maybe 15, minutes to get all the ingredients into the slow cooker. And then, it was the wait.

Crock Pot Bolognese Sauce

Crock Pot Bolognese Sauce

Now, normally, a 24 hour wait might seem horrendous. But the aroma from this sauce as it slowly boils down will make your whole house smell appetizing. A good food smell is one of the nicest things to come home to any given day.

Crock Pot Bolognese Sauce

Crock Pot Bolognese Sauce

All you would have to do for the sauce to be ready to serve is boil a pot of water for about 10 more minutes.

Crock Pot Bolognese Sauce

The perfect bite. Crock Pot Bolognese Sauce

True story. The day we served the sauce, we took the Goose on a walk with us. She was in a pleasant mood so the walk was enjoyable. When we came home, and opened the door, the Goose, in her two year old voice, said, “Mmmmm, ‘mells good!” Keep in mind this kid’s preferred activity at a store is to hang out by the “smelly candle” section. And, believe it or not, she will only say something smells good if she actually thinks it smells good. Her second favorite activity is to shove her feet in our faces and make us smell them and tell her house stinky she they are. She thinks its hysterical. We think they actually stink.

Crock Pot Bolognese Sauce

Crock Pot Bolognese Sauce

And this great smelling sauce did not disappoint when we finally got to eat it. The slow cooker bolognese sauce will make you question whether you will ever want to just pop open a bottle of premade stuff again.

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Slow Cooker Roast Beef Sauce

10 minPrep Time

24 hrCook Time

24 hr, 10 Total Time

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  • 8-10 pound roast
  • 7 cups of tomato puree
  • 3 1/2 cups of red wine or sherry
  • 4-6 bay leaves
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 2 bell peppers
  • 2 onions
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary or about 2 Tablespoons
  • 2 Tablespoons garlic powder
  • 4 Tablespoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil


  1. Rough cut the peppers and onions.
  2. Place peppers, onions, garlic, and rosemary in blender with most/all the wine and blend until smooth (this is optional, for a thicker sauce, you can leave these rough or fine chopped)
  3. Clean off excess fat from beef if any.
  4. Pour olive oil into bottom of the slow cooker.
  5. Place beef in olive oil.
  6. Add all the remaining ingredients to the pot and stir just to combine.
  7. Set the slow cooker on low and cook for about 6 hours. When the beef starts to pull apart turn the slow cooker down to warm and continue to cook for 12-15 hours. 1-2 hour prior to serving, turn the slow cooker back up to low and cook with the lid cracked. Stir occasionally.
  8. Fork the beef apart.
  9. Serve over pasta.


1) This produces a lot of sauce good for a large family or if you want to freeze some for later. Consider halfing the recipe if you only want a small amount. 2) Beef is done when you don't need a knife to pull it apart.



60 cal


1 g


10 g


1 g
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    • jfletcher
      Yes, would be perfect for a Sunday dinner. Growing up we did the whole Italian Sunday dinner thing fairly often, and would go to my grandmother's house where she would have a pot of homemade sauce simmering on the stove. This brings back that.
  1. Vincent Carabeo
    1) This makes me SOOO hungry. 2) I love love love the photos - really great way of showing your dish! 3) Mind sharing and sending me some?! haha
    • jfletcher
      Aw thank you so much Vincent! Haha sure. This recipe makes a whole bunch of sauce and there's half of the batch sitting in my freezer right now.
  2. April
    This looks delicious and filling! I love bolognese sauce, and if it can be made in the crockpot with ease, then it is definitely worth trying!
    • jfletcher
      Definitely agree on the flavors being better! The slow cooking aspect really lets them come together and develop more.
  3. KATE
    Am I reading the timing on this wrong or is this a multi-day sauce? Cook on low 6 hours, followed by cooking on warm for 12-15 hours, and then back to low for 1-2 hours prior to serving??
    • jfletcher
      Yep. You could just could on low until the meat is done, but we wanted to mimic the slow cooked flavor of my grandmother's all day Sunday sauce, which she would start on a Saturday night. Cooking it extra long really makes the meat tender and infuses the whole sauce with such a depth of flavor.
  4. Hana
    This looks like exactly what I want right now (er...I mean tomorrow!) What do you mean though by 8-9 pounds roast? The only thing I can find at the grocery store that says "roast" is "beef boneless chuck roast" for $10/lb or "beef tenderloin roast" for $14/lb...both of which sounds crazy for a slow cooker recipe!
    • jfletcher
      Hi Hana, great question. In slow cooker recipes, I cheat and use chuck roast or sirloin roast but only when they are on sale. When I bought the roast for this, I used chuck roast and it was going for 2.99/pound- however you can use whatever is cheapest. Cooking it for so long will make it fall apart tender. I'm ok with the expense because this recipe makes enough for freezer leftovers and two-three meals during the week so really, you end up with a week of spaghetti sauce with one night of cooking :-)

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