Slow Cooker Spaghetti Bolognese
- 4 ounces bacon, diced
- 1 carrot, chopped
- 1 stalk celery, chopped
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- ½ pound ground beef
- ½ pound ground pork
- 2 cups water
- 1 (24 ounce) diced tomatoes
- 1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
- ½ cup white wine
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- ½ teaspoon red chili flakes
- 8 ounces spaghetti, broken in half
- 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
For best results, we recommend using:
- Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté bacon in the skillet until crisp, about 5 minutes; remove with a slotted spoon to the crock of a slow cooker.
- Cook carrot, celery, onion, and salt in the bacon drippings in the skillet until softened, about 3 minutes; add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Transfer vegetable mixture to the slow cooker.
- Break ground beef and ground pork into small chunks and add to slow cooker; add water, diced tomatoes, white wine, oregano, Italian seasoning, and chili flakes and stir.
- Add spaghetti to the crock and press into the sauce to submerge.
- Cook on Low for 7 to 8 hours.
- Stir heavy cream into the pasta and sauce to serve.
Try chopped pancetta instead of bacon for a slightly different flavor.
What others are saying
Greg Jones says:
This spaghetti bolognese recipe is so amazing. I don't eat pasta often, but this is definitely a cheat day favorite. The ground beef and pork may seem excessive, but it truly adds to the flavor of this dish. Shave a little fresh parm on top and you're good to go.
Sam Dalton says:
One of the best spaghetti bolognese recipes ever! This dish is so good, it's perfect to make in the slow cooker. We put this on our weekly rotation and the entire family loves it.