Slow Cooker Pasta Bolognese

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Everyone knows how much I love pasta.   I could eat it every day and I’m happy to say that my child likes it almost as much as I do!   We often will split a bowl of buttered noodles for lunch just because we can.

A bowl of Slow Cooker Bolognese

One thing that I make a lot of the time is bolognese sauce.  There is nothing like a hearty bolognese sauce on top of pasta to make a delicious dinner.   The only problem with bolognese is that it takes forever to make so I have to make it on the weekend.  That’s why I like to make a big batch of it and freeze some of it so that we can have it three or four times.

Everything you need to make Slow Cooker Pasta Bolognese

One of the best ways to make it is in the slow cooker.   Slow Cooker Pasta Bolognese is awesome because you can throw all the ingredients into the slow cooker, turn it on low, and leave it alone all day.   It practically makes itself and the kitchen smells amazing.

Slow Cooker Bolognese

This bolognese is packed with fresh vegetables so if you have kids that will eat pasta but not veggies this is a great way to get them to eat their veggies.  I used carrots, celery, onions, and tomatoes.   If you don’t have fresh tomatoes you can certainly use canned ones but the fresh ones really add to the sauce.

Dig into Slow Cooker Bolognese

Once the bolognese was finished I served it over top of Banza Pasta.  Banza pasta is unlike any other pasta because it’s made with 90% chickpeas. Why use chickpeas in pasta?  Because it has nearly two times the protein, three times the fiber, and 30% fewer net carbs then traditional pasta.   Plus, it’s delicious!

Slow Cooker Pasta Bolognese

Slow Cooker Pasta Bolognese was really flavorful and it tasted great served over top of the Banza Penne.  We enjoyed a large helping for dinner one night then I froze three additional batches.   There are only 3 of us and one is a toddler so I would say this recipe would easily feed 4 with enough to freeze a batch for later.

Dig into Slow Cooker Bolognese

Slow Cooker Pasta Bolognese

Flavorful meat sauce filled with carrots, celery, onions, and fresh tomatoes as well as garlic and spices.
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Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 25 minutes
Author: Hezzi-D


  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 3 carrots diced
  • 3 celery stalks diced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 4 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 lb. ground beef 85/15
  • 1/2 c. red wine
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 2 c. cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 15 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 c. beef broth
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 2 teaspoon Italian seasonings
  • 16 oz. penne pasta I used Banza
  • Fresh grated Parmesan optional


  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  • Add in the onion, carrots, and celery and sautee for 5 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and tomato paste and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add the ground beef to the mixture and cook for 5 minutes or until browned.
  • Pour the wine into the pan to deglaze it and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Pour the vegetables and beef into the slow cooker.
  • Add in the salt, pepper, sugar, cherry tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, beef broth, oregano, thyme, and Italian seasonings. Give it a stir and cook on low heat for 6-8 hours.
  • Cook the pasta according to the package directions.
  • Divide the pasta between bowls and top with the bolognese. Sprinkle with Parmesan if desired.
  • Freeze remaining Bolognese sauce for up to 6 months.


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