Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce

THE BEST Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce – Italian sausage, garlic crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, and spices cook all day in the crock-pot. Hands-down THE BEST spaghetti sauce EVER! Everyone raves about this sauce. We make this all the time. Freeze leftovers for a quick meal later!

THE BEST Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce - Italian sausage, garlic crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, and spices cook all day in the crock-pot. Hands-down THE BEST spaghetti sauce EVER! Everyone raves about this sauce. We make this all the time. Freeze leftovers for a quick meal later!

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Easy Bolognese Sauce in the Slow Cooker

I love a good bolognese sauce, but I don’t want to have to be at home all day to make it. This slow cooker bolognese is super easy to make and tastes AMAZING! Simply brown the Italian sausage and throw everything in the slow cooker and let it simmer all day. This stuff is delicious! Better than any restaurant! We love to serve it over fresh pasta to an easy weeknight meal that tastes like a million bucks!

ladle of spaghetti sauce

Bolognese Sauce with no Wine

I used a can of San Marzano tomatoes in this recipe. I HIGHLY recommend splurging on the San Marzano tomatoes. They really make the sauce. You can find them at Whole Foods, Fresh Market or Sprouts. I just found them at Publix the other day. Since San Marzano tomatoes are only sold as whole canned tomatoes, you will have to crush them yourself. You can either crush them with your hands or throw them in a food processor.

This sauce has a small amount of sugar in it. The sugar helps to even out the acidity of the tomatoes. If you are doing a low-carb or keto diet, feel free to leave it out. It will still taste delicious.

closeup of spaghetti and sauce

What to Serve with Bolognese Sauce

I tossed the sauce with a pound of cooked linguine. You can use this sauce on any pasta noodle you prefer. Give this sauce a try when you want an easy restaurant quality meal at home. All you need is some crusty garlic bread and a quick salad for a 5-star dinner. This also tastes great leftover the next day. We actually think it tastes better the next day. You can even freeze the leftover sauce for a SUPER quick meal later!

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THE BEST Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 10 mins
THE BEST Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce – Italian sausage, garlic crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, and spices cook all day in the crock-pot. Hands-down THE BEST spaghetti sauce EVER! Everyone raves about this sauce. We make this all the time. Freeze leftovers for a quick meal later!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb Italian sausage, removed from casings
  • 3 Tbsp minced onion flakes
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (28-oz) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (6-oz) can tomato paste
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 Tbsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp fennel seed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper

Instructions:

  • Cook Italian Sausage in large skillet until browned. Transfer to 6-quart slow cooker.
  • Stir in all remaining ingredients, mix well. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
  • Serve with your favorite pasta.

Notes:

For a freezer meal- cook the meat and put all ingredients in a gallon ziplock bag. Freeze. When ready to cook, place the contents of the freezer bag into the slow cooker and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.
Can cook the sauce and then freeze for later. Reheat in the microwave or stove and serve with pasta.
Can omit sugar for a low-carb/keto-friendly sauce.

Steph

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THE BEST Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce - Italian sausage, garlic crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, and spices cook all day in the crock-pot. Hands-down THE BEST spaghetti sauce EVER! Everyone raves about this sauce. We make this all the time. Freeze leftovers for a quick meal later!
THE BEST Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce - Italian sausage, garlic crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, and spices cook all day in the crock-pot. Hands-down THE BEST spaghetti sauce EVER! Everyone raves about this sauce. We make this all the time. Freeze leftovers for a quick meal later!
THE BEST Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce - Italian sausage, garlic crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, and spices cook all day in the crock-pot. Hands-down THE BEST spaghetti sauce EVER! Everyone raves about this sauce. We make this all the time. Freeze leftovers for a quick meal later!
THE BEST Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce - Italian sausage, garlic crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, and spices cook all day in the crock-pot. Hands-down THE BEST spaghetti sauce EVER! Everyone raves about this sauce. We make this all the time. Freeze leftovers for a quick meal later!
close up of spaghetti and sauce

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Comments

  1. Hi Stephanie,

    Re the bolognese sauce recipe – do you put the browned sausages in whole or cut them into pieces before placing in crockpot?

  2. is this the same recipe as the one that used to be posted with the homemade pasta? it looks like it, with the addition of the san marzano tomatoes! perfect! just making sure because it's my husband's favorite. thanks!

  3. We still havent bought the attachment yet. I went for the meat grinder instead, surprised? ha ha

    Looks great, Steph, I like the sauce too.

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