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Slow-Cooked Beef Bolognese

This slow-cooked Italian-style beef bolognese is so packed full of flavor, you'll think you're eating in a fancy Italian restaurant! It'll be our little secret how easy it was to make.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes


  • 1 large onion finely diced
  • 1 medium carrot minced
  • 1/4 cup minced celery
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 2 cans 28 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 2 slices day-old bread torn into pieces
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1-1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Hot pasta for serving


  • In a small skillet over medium-high heat, brown onion, carrot, celery, and garlic in oil until veggies are browned. (about 5 minutes) Reduce heat to low and stir in tomato paste until combined. Slowly stir in red wine until mixture is smooth. Bring to a low simmer then remove from heat and transfer to a 3-qt crockpot. Stir in crushed tomatoes and set aside.
  • Place torn bread slices in a large bowl and pour half-and-half over top. Mash with a potato masher until mixture forms a thick paste. Using hands, work in ground beef, salt, and pepper until combined.
  • Crumble uncooked beef mixture over tomato mixture in crockpot, then gently stir sauce until combined. Cover crockpot and cook on high 3-4 hours OR on low 5-6 hours.
  • Just before serving, use a spoon to break up meat into bite-sized chunks and stir basil into sauce. Season sauce with salt and pepper and serve hot with pasta.


Sauce may be store in fridge up to 5 days and also freezes wonderfully up to 4 months.