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Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce

A meaty, Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce made in the crockpot! This sauce is the perfect balance of salty, creamy, rich, and delicious.
Course Sauce
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 641kcal
Author Lauren's Latest


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 4 large cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup carrot finely diced
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1.25 lbs ground sirloin in the lowest fat ratio
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 3/4 cup red wine
  • 42 ounces plain marinara sauce 1 1/2 jars
  • 14.5 oz fire-roasted diced tomatoes* 1 can
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves not ground thyme!
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream


  • Preheat crockpot to high.
  • Heat olive oil in large pot over medium heat. Saute onion, garlic and carrot 5 minutes or until they start to get tender and get a little color. Add in meat, salt & pepper.
  • As the meat cooks, break apart into smaller pieces. Deglaze pan with red wine and cook down 5 minutes. Transfer meat mixture to crock pot. Add in remaining ingredients and stir well. Cover and cook 4 hours on high heat, stirring occasionally.
  • Serve over pasta.


*plain diced tomatoes is fine
Recipe adapted from Kelsey Nixon.


Calories: 641kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 155mg | Sodium: 1270mg | Potassium: 1289mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 3304IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 104mg | Iron: 5mg