Crock Pot Spaghetti Bolognese


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…

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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*

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Who here hates the steps and all the stirring?


Well guess what? I’ve fixed that for all of us.

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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.

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Even better? You throw in all these ingredients, stir it around, and walk away for 8 hours.

That’s right.

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.


Crock Pot Spaghetti Bolognese

Serving size: 6

Calories: 955

Fat: 46g

  • 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
  1. Throw all ingredients except the spaghetti into the crock pot. Stir to fully combine. Cook on low for 8-10 hours.
  2. When you are ready to serve, boil the pasta until al dente. Combine pasta with sauce. Top with parmesan cheese.
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45 thoughts on “Crock Pot Spaghetti Bolognese

  1. You are great, when you could not get your house you Planed B. That shows the rest of us that Plan B is sometimes better. And thanks for the great recipes…….

    1. Thank you! That house was sure amazing, too! For a single mom, it would have been a dream come true. My apartment is at the level of this house – just smaller and not as high of a monthly payment. I figured why not just make what I already have work for me, allowing me the funds to put more effort into this website? Glad you’re here to enjoy the fruit of my labor!!

  2. Wow talk about highs and lows! It sounds like you are making your apartment a great place though!

    I love bolognese and never thought to use a crock pot. Great Idea!

    1. Right?? I’ve always just used a dutch oven. But why stand there and brown, caramelize, deglaze, simmer, and stir when the old crock pot can do it all for me while I watch tv and paint my toes?

  3. Ok I have a question – it might even be a roll your eyes can’t believe someone asked that question – but what the heck – for the ground beef and sausage do you cook it before? sorry should probably know this : )

    1. No need for worries here! Just crumble it up (meaning break off chunks) and drop it into the sauce. As the mixture cooks down, the meat will tenderize and cook. I’ve used this same methodology with meatballs and bits of the outer parts of the balls break off and create the best meat sauce ever. Trust me!

  4. I understand everything you have described in your post to a tee. I am currently in the process of making my 1200 sq ft place new and fresh since I cannot currently leave it. Oh and the sauce is amazing. 🙂

  5. I love this meal! Best part is it’s made in the crock pot. Bummer about things falling through with the house, but I’m with you in that things happen for a reason. Love that you revamped your apartment. I bet it’s a nice change!

  6. This looks so good Trisha. I do love bolognese. I haven’t used the crock pot hardly at all but I may break it out for this.

  7. Love that you used ground beef, sausage and pancetta! I’ve been making mine with just ground beef for years, I’ll have to give this recipe a try. And the crock pot idea? Genius!

  8. This looks like a great sauce recipe. I didn’t have one for my crock pot this is perfect. Pinning to my crock pot board. Stop by anytime found you from a blog hop.

  9. I wish with all my heart you get the home beyond what you could wish for, very soon! Thank you for keeping positive and dishing out such amazing recipes for us all! Bless you in the best ways, and may better dreams than you ever dreamt come true for you!

  10. That sounds and looks like an amazing pasta sauce. My only question is: Isn’t that a lot of tomato for a bolognese sauce? I was under the impression that a bolognese contained a very small amour of tomatoes.

    1. I don’t know. This is how I make a Bolognese, though. If you’d like it less tomato-y, perhaps use less?

  11. Sounds great. The comments and replies are very useful. My question: Even though I love garlic, 1/4 cup sounds like a lot. If you say this is correct, OK. I will try anything once. I believe in following a new recipe as closely as possible. At least the first time!att

  12. Is it greasy? Do you have to skim fat off? Sounds delicious and adding it to our menu this week.

    1. It was not greasy at all, mainly because I use 80/20 ground beef. The contents of the mixture combine well without issue.

  13. I too question the 1/4 cup of garlic either it is wrong or you are one big garlic lover. Ok now what I would like to know is you say grated parmesan cheese plus rind ? The only rinds I know of are melted wax type, So what are you using.

    1. Yes, 1/4 cup chopped garlic is correct. If you aren’t big on that much garlic, just hold it back to 2 tbsp. I used 8 cloves or so since this was going to cook all day. You’ll be using the rind from a brick of the parmesan, which isn’t wax. It will melt down.

  14. Great recipe for the kids when I have to work late. I can just cook the pasta ahead of time and store in fridge. When sauce is ready, they just portion out the amount of pasta they want and ladle the sauce from the crockpot over it. When they stir it up in their bowls, the sauce warms up the pasta or they can just microwave it, whichever they prefer. Simple. I love it!

  15. This sauce looked awesome! But when I cooked it today on slow for 8 hours in my crockpot, I came home (it smelled amazing!) only to discover the meat was still raw 🙁 I crumbled it and stirred before cooking.

    Any suggestions for finishing off the meat? I tried to cook it in the skillet but it was going to take forever to do a little at a time. I’m hoping to make a comeback with it!

    1. It was still raw?? I’ve never had that happen! I’m so sorry!! Did you crumble it up before dropping it into the sauce? I break off 1″ chunks when I do it and I’ve never had an issue.

  16. What a great recipe!

    I’m sorry if I missed this somewhere, but what size crockpot are you using? I currently only have a 3-quart pot, and I’m wondering if all the ingredients will fit. Thanks!

    1. Oooh….I have a 6 quart. Maybe try halving the liquid portion and freezing it uncooked? Then just halve the ground beef as well. Might work…… :/

  17. Nice, but browning the beef and pancetta in a pan first (and then draining excess fat) would make this twice as tasty and less much fatty ..

    1. Yes it would. And it can be made that way. The idea behind throwing it all in the crock pot is for time saving. I usually make it in stages but it takes a long time. This is for busy moms who still want all the flavor.

  18. Just wanted to say this recipe is awesome, affordable, and makes a ton of meaty sauce! Since I have a mid-sized crock pot, I didn’t want to overfill it by cooking the whole quantity at once. I just halve the ingredients and save the other half for later in the week. It’s been working out great! Thank you for this recipe!

  19. I’ve recently acquired a slow cooker (I am from Australia) and was looking for instructions on how to convert my normal recipes to slow cooker meals..your recipe is very similar to my my Nans spag bol however I am curious to know before I try it….when you cook it in the dutch oven do you normally do soffritto first then brown mince and combine? Just wondering if adding it all together at once will change the flavour? Thanks

    1. Yes, if I cook it in a dutch oven (which I normally do unless I want this on a weeknight) I will brown the meat first, then remove it from the pan and saute the soffritto or mire poix (whichever you call it), and then deglaze. It helps to get the depth of flavor by following these steps, but I also find that by slow cooking the mixture all day you still end up with a pretty flavorful sauce.

  20. Hi! Just made this and the flavor is great. Just a few notes – you need a large crockpot for this. I though I had a 6qt but I guess it wasn’t because it wouldn’t fit. :(. I ended up cooking it in a roasting pan, tightly sealed with foil for 2 1/2 hours at 300 degrees. Figured in the oven I still wouldn’t have to watch it so closely. Mine does not look as pretty as your picture. More pink mush then red chunks, but tastes delicious. I like to taste and refresh the spices after a long cook in a crockpot or otherwise… so I did add a little more. Tonight it will be with spaghetti squash. Then maybe a lasagna with the rest of it. The Cooks Illustrated way which is both Bolognese and Bechamel, no ricotta in the lasagna. Yummm

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