Slow-Cooker Bolognese Sauce
As a slow-simmering pasta sauce, Bolognese would seem ideally suited to the slow cooker. You can make a big batch of this hearty sauce in your slow-cooker—if you know one simple trick.
Why This Recipe Works
Bolognese sauce is a hearty Italian pasta sauce in which ground beef and pork are simmered for hours in milk, wine, tomatoes, and vegetables. But most slow-cooker Bolognese recipes yield watery, bland results—more soup than sauce. To avoid this, we started the sauce on the stove and then transferred the mixture to the slow cooker to simmer away. Softening the vegetables in butter, then browning the meat and simmering the vegetables and meat in milk were crucial to developing the fullest flavor and softest texture. We cooked the dish on the “high" setting with the lid off to evaporate excess liquid, which concentrated the flavor. Finally, we chose a fruity, dry white wine like Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Gris; oaky-tasting Chardonnay is too strong and would affect the flavor of the sauce.