5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Beef Bolognese

slow cooker bolognese on a white plate
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
4 servings

Ready to make the most comforting dinner with the least amount of effort? Then you’ll love this beef Bolognese. It only required five ingredients, plus a little salt and pepper! It’s the perfect, warming dish to make as the weather starts turning cooler — and is usually loved by all family members, even picky eaters. After a quick sauté of the onion and beef, simply throw all of the ingredients into the slow cooker and voila, you’re done. We like to choose a jar of our favourite store-bought marinara or tomato sauce, since it infuses so much flavour in one simple ingredient. If you would like to add the extra step of making your own, go for it. For the ultimate comfort dinner, serve the Bolognese over a big pile of your favourite noodles.



Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
onion, diced
lb ground beef
mL jar marinara or tomato sauce
cup chicken broth or dry red wine
tsp sea salt and pinch of pepper


mise en place for slow cooker bolognese
Step 1

Place a wide skillet over medium-high heat and add in the oil. Once heated, put in onion and cook for 3 minutes until translucent.

Step 2

Add in the ground beef, break it up with the back of a spoon and allow to brown.

browned beef for slow cooker bolognese
Step 3

Then place the onion, browned beef, sauce, broth, salt and pepper in the slow cooker.

tomatoes and beef in a slow cooker for slow cooker bolognese
Step 4

Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 3 hours.

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