Slow Cooker Spaghetti Bolognese
I usually make a super quick and super plain version of Spaghetti Bolognese. I have been looking for awhile for a slow cooker recipe for spaghetti bolognese, because I have heard the sauce tastes so much better when allowed to cook for hours.

After trying this recipe (based on one from Sally Wise) I can agree with that premise. The meat has a much smoother and richer texture and the kids loved it (well 4 out of 5 did and I think the 1 was just being cranky!).

Slow Cooker Spaghetti Bolognese

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 500 grams premium beef mince
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 400 grams tin diced tomatoes
  • 140 grams tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup of water

Method:

  1. Heat oil in a large frying pan on a medium heat.
  2. Add chopped onion and garlic and fry for a couple of minutes, until soft.
  3. Add mince and be sure to break up the mince thoroughly as it cooks.
  4. Pour this mixture into the slow cooker.
  5. Add remaining ingredients and combine.
  6. Put lid on and cook for 6-7 hours on low or 4 hours on high.
  7. When ready cook up some pasta and serve with parmesan cheese and cracked pepper.
Slow Cooker Spaghetti Bolognese
 
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Recipe type: pasta
Ingredients:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 500 grams premium beef mince
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 400 grams tin diced tomatoes
  • 140 grams tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup of water
Method:
  1. Heat oil in a large frying pan on a medium heat.
  2. Add chopped onion and garlic and fry for a couple of minutes, until soft.
  3. Add mince and be sure to break up the mince thoroughly as it cooks.
  4. Pour this mixture into the slow cooker.
  5. Add remaining ingredients and combine.
  6. Put lid on and cook for 6-7 hours on low or 4 hours on high.
  7. When ready cook up some pasta and serve with parmesan cheese and cracked pepper.

Our Family Menu Plan for this week.

Baking: Butter Cake

Monday: Butter Chicken

Tuesday: Baked Penne

Wednesday: Left Overs

Thursday: Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

Friday: Tuna Rice

Saturday: Tacos

Sunday: Slow Cooker Roast Lamb

If you are looking for further recipe inspiration, check out my complete list of Family Friendly Recipes. All of these recipes are in the database of the Planning With Kids Free Menu Planner. You can use the menu planner to plan a week of meals for your family and then print out the associated shopping list.

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  • Chantelle {fat mum slim} May 03, 2011 at 7:00 am

    Oh yum. I love anything slowcooker, so I am going to give this a whirl. xx

  • Brooke May 03, 2011 at 7:28 am

    Yum. One day could you tell us a little bit about slow cookers? You have so many good recipes. I’m hoping to get one but not sure where to start with looking. I’m thinking a better brand will have me worrying less about leaving an appliance on when not at home. Also I believe some have a removable piece that you can braise your meat in first?!

  • Kylie D May 03, 2011 at 9:21 am

    You have convinced me to purchase a slow cooker (Mother’s Day is just 5 days away!). I’m with Brooke, I think a better brand would be best. Can you recommend one or share with us the cooker that you use if you are happy with it?

  • Kylie D May 03, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Sorry, I just wanted to add that I love your book! I especially love the easy to use, easy to reference format. It came at the right time for me, I had just had a new baby and it was the start of the school holidays!! Thanks Nicole.

  • Veronica May 03, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    I love my slow cooker and I’ll be trying this.

  • nellbe May 04, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    This is in my slow cooker for tonight. Thanks for the recipe Nicole!

  • Kris May 07, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Copying these recipes now!!

  • Alyson Dyer May 09, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    I have finally got a recipe for lamb in the slow cooker I cant wait to give it a go. I have only just purchased a slow cooker and couldnt find any recipes for lamb but you have an amazing selection of yummy recipes for every day!!! Thank you:-)

  • Kirralee Baker May 18, 2011 at 9:46 am

    I’ve just unwrapped my new slow cooker (Mother’s Day gift to myself!) and put this recipe in it. Thought it looked nice and simple for the first use. Am keeping my fingers crossed that dinner tonight will be yummy! Thanks.

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