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Slow Cooker Spaghetti Bolognese

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  • prep time: 5 min
  • total time: 7 hr 5 min
  • serves: 8 people
  • calories: 527 1 serving

This recipe couldn’t be any easier since your slow cooker pretty much does all the work.  There’s no need to even brown the beef.  Just add all of the ingredients to your slow cooker then set it and forget it.  Our sauce is a great base that’s enhanced by beef, wine and milk for a rich, savory, slightly creamy sauce.  Served over pasta with grated cheese it’s the ultimate comfort food.


  • 2 pounds 85% lean ground beef
  • 1 large onion, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine (optional)
  • 1 jar (45 ounces) or two jars (24-ounces each) Prego® Traditional Italian Sauce
  • 16 ounces uncooked spaghetti (cook according to package directions during last 30 minutes of slow cooker time)


  • Tips

    • Time-Saving Tip: You may also cook this recipe on HIGH for 4 to 5 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.
    • Ingredient Note: If your market doesn't carry the 45-ounce jar of sauce, you can use two 24-ounce jars instead.
  • Step 1

    Place the beef (yes, it goes in uncooked!) into a 6-quart slow cooker.  Break up the beef with a fork and season with salt and pepper.

  • Step 2

    Stir in the onion, garlic, milk, wine, if desired, and sauce.

  • Step 3

    Cover and cook on LOW for 7 to 8 hours.  Spoon off any fat.  Stir the beef mixture, breaking up any large pieces of beef.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Serve with the hot cooked spaghetti and grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.

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Calories 527
Total Fat 14 g
Sat. Fat 5.0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 70 mg
Sodium 663 mg
Total Carb 61 g
Dietary Fiber 5 g
Sugar 14 g
Protein 32 g
Vitamin D 2 %DV
Calcium 8 %DV
Iron 28 %DV
Potassium 21 %DV

This nutritional information refers to each serving of the entire recipe and not just the products used as ingredients.