Crock Pot Bolognese Sauce

Heyy there!  Hope everyone had a fun St. Patty’s Day weekend!


Dave and I went out for dinner on Saturday night at Wildwood in Geneva.  Coincidentally, we were seated right next to Dave’s cousin, Jeff, and his wife, Nicole, so we pushed the tables together and had dinner.  The food was amazing and the company even better!  Afterwards, Dave and I met up with a few of his friends for some drinks.

The three of us slept in late on Sunday morning and the remainder of the day was spent 95% on the couch snuggling.  It felt excellent!  Even though I probably should’ve been studying for my final… BUT I was too comfy and relaxed to be productive.  Oops!

Crock Pot Bolognese Sauce

So it’s about time I share a recipe with you guys!

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After the crockpot challenge, I thought I was “crock potted” out but I couldn’t resist pulling it out again to cook a big pot of rich, meaty Bolognese sauce.  Simmering in the pot for several hours allowed for all the fresh herbs, tomatoes and red wine to marry together for a deep, comforting taste.

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Not to mention, the aroma took over the entire house and it was all I could think about all day!  Soo soo good!

crock pot bolognese sauce


1 tbls olive oil

2 small red onions, chopped

1 lb ground pork

1 lb ground beef

1 28 oz crushed san marzano tomatoes

1 can tomato paste

2/3 cup dry red wine

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

2 tbls fresh basil, chopped

1 tbls fresh oregano, chopped

1/2 tsp crushed fennel seeds

2 bay leaves


1.  In a large skillet, saute onions in olive oil for a few minutes.  Add ground pork and beef and cook through.

brown meat

2.  Place remaining ingredients, along with browned meat, into the crock pot and mix thoroughly.

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3.  Cook on low for 6-8 hours.  Ladle over fettuccine pasta and serve.

bolognese sauce 1Enjoy the rest of your Monday!


2 thoughts on “Crock Pot Bolognese Sauce

  1. cleaneatingveggiegirl March 18, 2013 at 12:51 pm Reply

    This looks REALLY good! I am thinking that I might be able to substitute beans for the meat to make a vegetarian version…hmm..I am intrigued :).

  2. Rustic Honey March 19, 2013 at 8:33 am Reply

    This looks so good! I’ve been wanting to do more crock-pot meals and this looks like a winner! Dinner = Done!

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