Bolognese in the Slow Cooker

Food, Miscellaneous


Bolognese totally works in the slow cooker. Get the balance of tomatoes to beef right, and it becomes delicious. Slow Cooking suits batch cooking, too, and this is surely the ultimate batch cooking dish.

As a bit of an experiment, I sauteed the onions, celery, carrot and garlic, but didn’t saute the beef. It didn’t lack flavour at all. However, the dish originally started off with only 1 tin of tomatoes in it. Half-way through cooking, I had a quick look and the bolognese looked positively grey. Definitely unappetising. A quick trip to the local supermarket resulted in a tin of passata, which I added to the Crock Pot. Dinner saved.


  • 500g minced beef
  • 1 onion
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 sticks celery
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tin tomatoes
  • 1 tin passata
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce


  1. Finely chop the onion, carrots, celery and garlic. Fry them gently in olive oil for around 8 minutes until softened. Put into the Slow Cooker.
  2. Add the beef, tomatoes, passata and Worcestershire Sauce.
  3. Cook on Low for 8 hours.
  4. Serve with cooked spaghetti.

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By Naomi

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