I’m not going to lie – my blogging mojo took a nosedive recently. We’ll get to the Crock Pot Spaghetti Bolognese in a bit.
I’ve been going at breakneck speed for the last 9 months and once the holiday hit, I took a ginormous breather. I’d planned to come back and hit it hard on the 7th, but then the bff got the brilliant idea that I should look into buying a home.
Enter me and my weird need to put myself through the stress of buying my first house. Everything was great – I got pre-approved, found my dream home, and thought I was going to buy it all in less than 24 hours. Things were moving fast. And then my hopes were dashed when I tried to access funds for my down payment.
I won’t bore you with the details, but essentially I had to let my absolute dream home go, only to come back to my lovely apartment in disgust.
I’m a true believer in things happening for a reason, so while I was sad about the situation, I had to remember that this was out of my hands and were it right, it would have gone smoothly. Although my apartment is amazing, it lacks storage space – my main issue with it. So, rather than suck up a high mortgage payment, why not make my wonderful space work for me?
This brings us to today – where I sit on a couch that will be replaced with a new one, watching a tv in a new entertainment center chock full of drawers and cabinets, looking over at a new wall of cabinets in my dining room where a smaller, more appropriate dining set will reside in a week. I’ve taken my 1200 square feet and refreshed it from top to bottom.
I know you probably don’t need to know all of this, other than so you know that I haven’t forsaken you for laziness despite my Lazy Mom mantra. My focus was on making this space work for me instead of finding a new space entirely.
And now I can place my focus back on food and blogging and all of your needs. Happy dance…happy dance…
First off, I’m bringing you a dish that would otherwise be considered a long, tedious dish. Who here loves Spaghetti Bolognese?
*Raises hand and jumps up and down like a nerd*
Who here hates the steps and all the stirring?
Me! Me!! MEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
Well guess what? I’ve fixed that for all of us.
Da-da-da-daaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! Enter Lazy Mom and her trusty crock pot!
That’s right – I’m making Spaghetti Bolognese in the crock pot. Mind. Blown.
Even better? You throw in all these ingredients, stir it around, and walk away for 8 hours.
You. Walk. Away.
The result? The most rich, flavorful, slow-cooked Bolognese you’ve ever had. What’s better? You could put this together the night before and then just turn on the crock pot in the morning before you go to work.
No one will ever know this dish was made in the crock pot. It will be our little secret.
Enjoy this dish with spaghetti or linguine. I like linguine – and that’s what’s shown here – because it is sturdy enough to hold this hearty meat sauce.
So that’s it poodles. I’m off to go install one last piece of furniture, and hopefully my last for a very long time.
Serving size: 6
- 1 cup Chopped Celery
- 1 cup Chopped Carrot
- 1 cup Chopped Sweet Yellow Onion
- ¼ cup Chopped Garlic
- ¼ cup (total) Chopped Fresh Basil, Thyme, and Rosemary
- 1 28 oz can Crushed Tomatoes
- 2 -14 oz cans Whole Peeled Tomatoes
- 1 lb 80/20 Ground Beef - Crumbled
- 1 lb Italian Sausage - Crumbled
- 1 cup Chopped Pancetta
- 1 cup Red Wine
- 1 cup Beef Broth
- 2 cups Grated Parmesan + Rind
- 1 cup Milk
- Salt and Pepper
- 1 lb Spaghetti
- Throw all ingredients except the spaghetti into the crock pot. Stir to fully combine. Cook on low for 8-10 hours.
- When you are ready to serve, boil the pasta until al dente. Combine pasta with sauce. Top with parmesan cheese.