Slow Cooker Spaghetti Bolognese – Liana’s Kitchen

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Slow-cooking spaghetti bolognese is a staple in our home. I try to vary our meals on weekdays as much as I can, but this one seems to show up more often than most!

It’s so quick and easy to make, I

usually add it all up and get it going, without precooking or worrying about other pots and pans


How do you make spaghetti bolognese in a slow cooker? Making bolognese in a

slow cooker is really easy. You can put everything raw or brown the minced meat first. I talk about this below.


used to always brown my minced meat before putting the slow cooker for the Bolognese, but now, I rarely do!


For accurate measurements, scroll down to the prescription card


  • Minced meat: usually beef, but can substitute pork, chicken or turkey. 500g is enough for 4 servings, but I normally use 750g as we are 5.
  • Onion, garlic, red pepper
  • Bay leaves – don’t forget to take them out at the end!
  • Passata and/or chopped tomatoes – I tend to use 2 cardboard boxes of 400 g, or 1 of each. If you have some tasty fresh tomatoes, you can use an equivalent amount of these instead.
  • Tomato puree, Worcestershire sauce, dried mixed herbs and 1 cube/pot of meat broth.
Bolognese ingredients in slow cooker ready to cook


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How long does it take for spaghetti

Bolognese to cook in a slow cooker?

I prefer to cook Bolognese over low heat in the slow cooker, as it helps the meat become really tender and full of flavor. It is known that I leave my Bolognese at low temperature for 10 hours, at least I would leave it low for 6 hours. If time is not on your side, you can cook it over high heat in 4 to 5 hours.

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Suggested Extras

You can add any extra you want to a Bolognese slow cooker. Here are some suggestions;

  • red wine (approximately 100 ml)
  • celery
  • carrots
  • bacon

  • chili bacon



In addition to cooked spaghetti, it also tastes great with your favorite grated cheese on top. Oh, and some garlic dumplings or garlic bread are also welcome!

Spaghetti Bolognese with cheese on top

Can you put raw minced meat in a slow cooker? Yes


you can. You can put any raw meat in a slow cooker and it will cook well. But some recipes simply taste better when the meat has been scorched beforehand, but it’s actually a matter of personal taste, and time!


used to brown the minced meat (with the onions) in a pan before putting it in the slow cooker, but now I just add it all raw!

Of course, if you have one of those wonderful Morphy Richards Sear and Stew slow cookers, you can also go ahead and brown that meat!

You can also do it in an electric pressure cooker. Check out my recipe for Instant Pot Spaghetti Bolognese.

How to Save Spaghetti Bolognese Do

you have leftovers? Once the minced meat has completely cooled, you can store it in the fridge for up to 5 days or freeze it for 3 months.

You can also turn it into a Bolognese soup in the soup machine!

Let me know in the comments if you make this recipe, what extras do you add


Did you know I have a slow cooker group on Facebook? Come and join me if you want!

This recipe appears in my slow cooker recipe book.

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