Slow Cooker Bolognese Recipe

My husband can’t seem to get enough spaghetti, but I’m usually too lazy to make homemade sauce.  After using this recipe, I’m not sure I’ll ever go back to buying a jar of spaghetti sauce!  It was so easy to make and smells fabulous simmering all day.

Serves: 8

Slow Cooker Bolognese Recipe

20 minPrep Time

8 hrCook Time

8 hr, 20 Total Time

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  • 1 lb. Italian sausge
  • 3 Tbl. minced onion flakes
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tbl. sugar
  • 1 Tbl. dried oregano
  • 1 Tbl. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. fennel seed
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper


  1. Cook Italian sausage in large skillet until browned. Transfer to 5 quart slow cooker. Stir in all remaining ingredients, mix well. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours. Serve with your favorite pasta.
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21 Responses to “Slow Cooker Bolognese Recipe”

  1. If you add 1 shredded zucchini and 1 shredded carrot it is healthy and also tastes great. The kids won't even know they are eating all those veggies. I have a similar marinara that I slow simmer on the stove. I always use fresh basil though, so much more flavor. I also make ground turkey meatballs to go with it. I'll have to add a little turkey sausage to mix it up next time. Thanks!
  2. Every time I visit my in-laws or they visit us my Father-in-law requests I make this! He says it's the closest thing to Olive Garden's meat sauce (his favorite) that we've ever made at home, and he likes it even more. Thanks for the great recipes!! I have used two of the burger recipes from this blog and my husband is very impressed with me :)

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