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Slow-cooker Bolognese recipe

Slow-cooker Bolognese recipe

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Slow-cooked for 8 hours, this rich Bolognese recipe is the perfect meal to chuck into your slow-cooker in the morning and enjoy after work. All you have to do is cook some pasta and grate a little Parmesan cheese and you have a feast. See method

  • Serves 4
  • 15 mins to prepare and 8 hrs to cook
  • 912 calories / serving
  • Freezable


  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 8 pancetta rashers, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stick, finely chopped
  • 100g mushrooms, diced
  • 500g pack Aberdeen Angus steak mince
  • 200ml red wine
  • 1 beef stock cube
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • 3 tbsp tomato purée
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 500g carton Italian passata with basil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper

To serve

  • 500g dry spaghetti
  • 40g Parmesan, grated
If you don't have mince, cut open some sausages instead

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    29g 42%
  • Saturates

    12g 62%
  • Sugars

    20g 22%
  • Salt

    3.4g 57%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 109.7g Protein 51.4g Fibre 9.9g


  1. Put all the main ingredients into your slow-cooker and stir well. Put the lid on, set your slow-cooker to low and cook for 8 hrs.
  2. Bring a pan of water to the boil about 20 mins before the 8 hrs is up. Add a good pinch of salt and cook the spaghetti until al dente. Drain the spaghetti.
  3. Lift the lid of the slow-cooker and give the bolognese a good stir. Add the spaghetti to the slow-cooker and stir well. Serve in bowls and sprinkle with Parmesan.

Freezing and defrosting guidelines

Freeze Bolognese only – once the dish has cooled completely, transfer it to an airtight, freezer-safe container, seal and freeze for up to 1-3 months. To serve, defrost thoroughly in the fridge overnight before reheating. To re-heat: Loosely cover with foil and bake until dish is thoroughly heated through. Re-heat until piping hot.

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