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SLOW COOKER BOLOGNESE SAUCE

SLOW COOKER BOLOGNESE SAUCE

INGREDIENTS:

FOR THE BOLOGNESE SAUCE:
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 2 celery sticks, finely diced
  • 2 medium carrots, grated
  • 2 lb ground beef (we prefer beef with 15% or 20% fat content)
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup finely chopped parsley, plus more to serve
  • 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 cup dry white wine (Pinot Grigio or Chardonnay)
  • 2 (28 oz each) canned crushed tomatoes (or canned whole tomatoes, crushed)*
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 bay leaf, optional
TO SERVE:
  • Pasta and Parmesan (or your favorite Italian cheese) to serve
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
  • Large skillet or dutch oven, slow cooker

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a large deep pan, heat ¼ cup olive oil. Add onion, celery and carrots and sauté until softened (8-10 mins). Add garlic and ½ cup parsley and stir 30 seconds or until garlic is fragrant. Transfer to slow cooker.
  2. In the same pan (without washing it), add ground beef, season with 1 tsp salt, ¼ tsp pepper and sauté until cooked through and no longer red (6-10 mins). For leaner sauce, you can spoon off and discard excess oil at this point keeping 3 Tbsp oil in the pan. Add 1 cup white wine and sauté on med/high heat until wine has completely evaporated (8-10 mins). Transfer meat to slow cooker.
  3. Add 1 cup milk, 1 bay leaf, 1 Tbsp sugar, and both cans of tomatoes with juice.
  4. Cover and cook on low 8 hours or on high 3-4 hours. If it it seems too liquidy, let it cook with the lid off for the last 30 minutes.
  5. Season with more salt to taste (I added nearly 1 tsp more salt). Serve generous amounts of bolognese sauce over your favorite pasta, topped with cheese and garnished with fresh parsley.
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