Slow Cooker Spaghetti Bolognese Recipe | Abel & Cole

Slow Cooker Spaghetti Bolognese

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Serves4 people

Fancy a family favourite without the fuss? Using a slow cooker and our Jassy's easy-to-follow recipe means you can put dinner on in the morning and then forget about it till teatime, when you'll tuck into organic beef mince simmered slowly with organic veg, a dash of oregano and a splash of Worcester sauce for extra umami. Grate over some parmesan for that essential finishing touch.

Ingredients

  • 400g beef mince
  • 1 onion
  • 3 carrots
  • 2 celery sticks
  • 400g chestnut mushrooms
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp Worcester sauce
  • 400g chopped tomatoes
  • 330ml cherry tomato passata
  • 400g spaghetti
  • 40g Parmesan
  • ½ tbsp olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper

Prep: 15 mins | Cook: 6 hrs 15 mins

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Method

1. Warm a deep frying pan or wok for 2 mins, then add ½ tbsp oil and the mince. Fry for 5-8 mins, stirring now and then to break up any lumps, till the beef is browned.
2. While the mince fries, peel and finely chop the onion. Peel and finely chop the carrots. Trim the celery sticks and finely chop them.
3. Stir the veg into the mince and pop on a lid (or use a baking tray if you don’t have a lid). Fry, stirring now and then, for another 5 mins till the veg start to look glossy.
4. While the veg fry, finely slice the mushrooms. From this point, either follow the slow cooker method or the hob method.
5. In the slow cooker Scoop the mince and veg into your slow cooker. Add the mushrooms, 1 tsp dried oregano, 1 tbsp Worcester sauce and a pinch of salt and pepper. Give everything a gentle stir to mix. Tip in the chopped tomatoes and cherry tomato passata and gently stir.
6. Put the lid on the slow cooker and set it to medium. Cook for 6 hrs, stirring once or twice during the cooking time (for faster bolognese, set the slow cooker to high for 4 hrs or go really low and slow by setting it to slow for 8 hrs).
7. When the sauce is 30 mins from being cooked, put a large pan of salted water on to boil. When boiling, add the spaghetti and simmer for 8-10 mins. Drain and pile onto 4 warm plates. Taste the bolognese sauce and add a pinch more salt and pepper if you think it needs it. Spoon over the spaghetti and serve with the parmesan cheese for grating.
8. On the hob Add the mushrooms to the beef and veg, put the lid back on and fry for 5 mins till the mushrooms are juicy. Stir in 1 tsp dried oregano, 1 tbsp Worcester sauce and a pinch of salt and pepper. Give everything a gentle stir to mix. Tip in the chopped tomatoes and passata and gently stir.
9. Cover the pan or wok. Set the heat to medium-low and simmer for 1 hr, stirring now and then, till the sauce has thickened and the mince is tender.
10. When the sauce is 30 mins from being cooked, put a large pan of salted water on to boil. When boiling, add the spaghetti and simmer for 8-10 mins. Drain and pile onto 4 warm plates. Taste the bolognese sauce and add a pinch more salt and pepper if you think it needs it. Spoon over the spaghetti and serve with the parmesan for grating.
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