Slow Cooker Spaghetti Bolognese is a comforting and delicious meal that is perfect for busy weeknights or lazy weekends. Once you put the ingredients in you can set it and forget it, and go about your day.
With a few simple ingredients and a slow cooker, you can have a hearty dish that will satisfy the whole family – even the kids!
This recipe will serve 4-6 people – make it go further by using more pasta and adding garlic bread or a crusty loaf.
Easy Slow Cooker Spaghetti Bolognese Recipe
To make Slow Cooker Spaghetti Bolognese, you will need:
- 400g of minced (ground) beef (use low fat if watching your weight)
- 1 small onion, diced
- 2 carrots
- 1 celery stalk, diced
- 2 chopped garlic cloves
- 2 tins of good quality plum tomatoes
- small glass of red wine
- a splash of Worcester sauce
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- chopped fresh basil to serve
- freshly grated parmesan cheese to serve
- 200g freshly cooked spaghetti
Slow Cooker Bolognese Method
Begin by putting your slow cooker on high with the lid on to preheat.
First of all brown the beef a little in the slow cooker while you chop the vegetables. Make sure to break it all up with a spoon.
Finely chop the garlic, onion, carrots and celery into pieces that are a similar size to the mince beef itself.
Optional – blitz the vegetables in a blender with a little oil, and then add to the slow cooker afterwards. You can see this in the video above, and it will definitely save you a little time.
Add the onion, carrot, celery, and garlic to the slow cooker and cook until the vegetables are just beginning to soften for around 10 minutes. Add the tinned tomatoes, tomato paste, salt, red wine, Worchester sauce, salt and pepper and stir to combine.
Put the lid on slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours. You can go about your day and come back to a delicious dinner later.
Boil the spaghetti around 10 minutes before you want to serve the bolognese.
Serve the Slow Cooker Spaghetti Bolognese hot, garnished with grated Parmesan cheese and freshly chopped basil. Some more freshly cracked black pepper is a great finishing touch!
This dish pairs well with a simple green salad, crusty bread or garlic bread.
Freeze any leftovers in food bags for more easy and delicious meals later.