Slow cooker Bolognese

Contains pork – recipe is for non-Muslims only

Batch cook a healthy Bolognese using your slow cooker. Freeze the leftovers for easy midweek dinners when you’re more pushed for time

  • Prep:15 mins
    Cook:9 hrs 30 mins
  • Serves 12
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 295
  • fat 12g
  • saturates 4g
  • carbs 13g
  • sugars 11g
  • fibre 4g
  • protein 34g
  • salt 0.87g


  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 smoked baconrashers, chopped
  • 1½ kg lean minced beef(or use half beef, half pork mince)
  • 4 onions, finely chopped
  • 3 carrots, finely chopped
  • 4 celerysticks, finely chopped
  • 8 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 500g mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 6 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 tbsp dried mixed herbs
  • 2 bay leaves
  • large glass red wine(optional)
  • 4 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • cooked spaghetti, to serve
  • parmesan, to serve


  1. Heat the oil in a large pan and fry the bacon and mince in batches until browned. Add to your slow cooker. 

  2. Add the onions, carrots, celery, garlic, mushrooms, tomatoes, tomato purée, herbs, wine (if using), vinegar, sugar and seasoning to the slow cooker. Cover and cook on Low for 6-8 hours, then uncover, turn to High and cook for another hour until thick and saucy.

  3. Serve with cooked spaghetti and grated or shaved parmesan. To cook this entire recipe on the hob, check out our big-batch Bolognese recipe.

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