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Slow Cooker Spaghetti Bolognese

Slow Cooker Spaghetti Bolognese

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Using the slow cooker is a great way to infuse flavor into this easy-to-make meat sauce...it makes a great topping for spaghetti or your favorite pasta shape.

serves 8 people

Ingredients

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  • 6

    slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

  • 1

    large onion, diced (about 1 cup)

  • 3

    cloves garlic, minced

  • 2

    pounds ground beef

  • 4

    cups Prego® Traditional Italian Sauce

  • 1

    cup reduced fat (2%) milk

  • 1

    package (16 ounces) spaghetti, cooked and drained

  • 1/2

    cup grated Parmesan cheese

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How to Make It

Cook the bacon in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until crisp.  Remove the bacon from the skillet.  Pour off all but 1 tablespoon drippings. Add the onion and cook in the hot drippings until tender, stirring occasionally.  Add the garlic and beef and cook until the beef is well browned, stirring often to separate meat.  Pour off any fat. Stir the bacon, beef mixture, sauce and milk in a 6-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 to 5 hours.  Serve with the spaghetti and cheese.
Step 1

Cook the bacon in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until crisp.  Remove the bacon from the skillet.  Pour off all but 1 tablespoon drippings.

Step 2

Add the onion and cook in the hot drippings until tender, stirring occasionally.  Add the garlic and beef and cook until the beef is well browned, stirring often to separate meat.  Pour off any fat.

Step 3

Stir the bacon, beef mixture, sauce and milk in a 6-quart slow cooker.

Step 4

Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 to 5 hours.  Serve with the spaghetti and cheese.

Recipe Tips

  • Make-Ahead: You may also cook this recipe on LOW for 7 to 8 hours.
  • Recipe Note: Reserve some of the cooking water from the spaghetti.  You can use it to adjust the consistency of the finished sauce, if you like.
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Ratings & Reviews

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  • Ashlynn M.

    November 9, 2014

    Different spin on spaghetti

    Campbellskitchen is one of my go to websites for dinner recipes! I am always looking for something different to serve my family. This is different than the traditional spaghetti sauce with meatballs recipe I make when we get the craving for spaghetti.. which is good but very time consuming. I have also tried baked spaghetti with cream cheese in the sauce. I'm glad I tried this recipe because it's prepared in a fraction of the time of either of the latter recipes. And I happen to like the bacon. I think it added a different dimension of meaty flavor and texture. Cooking the bacon was the most time consuming part of the preparation but well worth it. I liked throwing everything in the crockpot and not worrying about it. I found myself dipping French bread in it as I was putting the leftovers away! Delicious.

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  • JessGNC

    October 9, 2014

    Delicious and easy!

    This was an excellent recipe. I made a few changes to it. I added red pepper flakes to give the sauce a little more "oomph". I didn't have a slow cooker available, so I simmered everything in the skillet for half an hour. It was delicious. I would definitely make it again. I wouldn't add bacon next time though. I asked my husband if he tasted the bacon and he didn't even notice there was any. I hadn't tasted it either. While I love bacon, if I can get away without adding extra ingredients in a dish, I try to do that.

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  • CrossFitter317

    April 16, 2014

    Very good spaghetti sauce

    This recipe was pretty easy to make and tasted really good. I made it as written except I used pre-cooked bacon to make it even easier. I served it with spaghetti squash and will definitely make it again.

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  • Syndee M.

    April 8, 2014

    Let your slow cooker work for you!

    A little prep beforehand, and you have a delicious & nutritious meal that freezes well too! I used half extra-lean beef and half ground turkey Italian sausage, garden combination pasta sauce, and about a half cup red wine (pinot noir) in addition to a small can of spicy V-8 for added flavor. Turned out amazing!

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  • greenfairy6971

    November 13, 2013

    Excellent & Filling

    Loved this! I did add a splash (1/2 cup) of red wine half way through the cooking time. Wasn't over powering, but added a nice flavor. I also used extra thick cut bacon.

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