Happy Friday, dear friends! What’s on the menu this weekend? Why not give this Bolognese sauce recipe a try? If you have a busy weekend ahead, no worries. You can make this Bolognese sauce in a slow cooker! YES!! I made this batch during a busy weekday. I tossed everything in the crockpot in the morning and let it simmer all day.
You can serve this with any type of pasta you like (I like wide pasta with this sauce), or just with bread.
The secret to great Bolognese sauce is to let it simmer for a loooong time. If you take it off the stove too soon, you’ll end up with a watery tomato sauce rather than a thick, rich, hearty meat sauce.
(You’ll find the printable recipe at the bottom of this post)
– For the meat, I use a mixture of ground beef and ground pork. Sprinkle a bit of Italian seasoning in the mix, and use a non-latex glove to combine well.
– Saute the veggies (diced carrots, celery, onion and garlic) over low heat in butter until soft; about 5 minutes. Add the ground meat mixture. Turn up the heat and saute until the meat is cooked.
– Toss the veggies, meat, and the rest of the ingredients in a large pot (or crockpot).
– Let it simmer for at least 4 hours. If cooking on stovetop, stir occasionally. Cover, but leave the lid slightly open. This will allow some of the liquid to evaporate, which gives you a rich, thick sauce.
Bonus: You can freeze any leftovers so that you can have dinner ready in a jiffy on that next busy weeknight.