Slow Cooker Spaghetti Bolognese

I almost always make a meatless sauce for spaghetti or a clam linguini, never do I make a bolognese sauce, so this was a real treat for myself and my family. I had a hankering for it so decided to make a really good one. I found a recipe from Williams-Sonoma and it looked really good. I tweaked it only slightly and let it cook for hours to develop the flavors in our slow cooker.

What a fantastic sauce, Ken was so excited!!

Slow Cooker Spaghetti Bolognese by Noshing With The Nolands

I have recently started using whole San Marzano tomatoes, they were actually on sale at my local grocery store and were one third less than the usual ones I use. The ones I used also were in a puree. I loved the flavor that they give a recipe and I now have a new favorite tomato!!

Slow Cooker Spaghetti Bolognese by Noshing With The Nolands

This recipe takes a little bit of prep time in the beginning but the browning of all the meats and vegetables adds to the deep of flavor!! ENJOY!!

Spaghetti Bolognese by Noshing With The Nolands

Slow Cooker Spaghetti Bolognese
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Recipe type: Entree
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Serves: 4-6
 
A rich and delicious bolognese made in your crock pot!!
Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1¼ lb. ground beef
  • 1¼ lb. ground pork
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 oz. pancetta, cut into ¼" dice
  • 1 yellow onion, finely diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and finely diced
  • 1 celery stalk, finely diced
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced or equivalent in garlic paste
  • ⅓ cup tomato paste
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2-28 oz. cans whole San Marzano tomatoes in puree
  • 2 Tbsp. Italian herb paste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 Parmigiano Reggiano rind
  • 1 lb. spaghetti
  • Grated Parmigiano Reggiano for serving
Instructions
  1. In a large saute pan brown the pork and beef and then add it to a large crock pot bowl, drain off the fat in the pan. Brown the pancetta and add to the beef/pork mixture. Drain off the fat. Add 1 Tbsp. of olive oil. Saute the onion, carrots and celery until softened. Season with salt and pepper. Add the garlic and cook for 1 min. Make an open area in the middle of the pan and add the tomato paste, cook for 2 min. Add the wine and reduce to make a thick gravy. Add this mixture now to the crock pot.
  2. Add the milk, tomatoes, herb paste, bay leaf, and Parmesan rind. Stir well into the beef mixture and break up some of the tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Cook on high for about 3½ hours. Stirring once or twice, make sure it doesn't burn to the sides. Discard the bay leaves and Parmesan rind. Adjust seasonings.
  4. Cook spaghetti according to package directions and serve with the bolognese sauce and grated Parmesan. Serve immediately.

Recipe adapted from Williams-Sonoma

Spaghetti Bolognese by Noshing With The Nolands

Slow Cooker Beef Dip

This is hands down one of my favorite slow cooker recipes. It tastes like restaurant quality beef dip, we all just love it!! I got this wonderful recipe from my girlfriend Cheryl and we have made it countless of times over the years.

It is so easy to put together and you have the lovely dipping sauce to dunk and gobble down your sandwich with. I make this at anytime of the year. It is not a super thick stew or soup that you associate with the winter and the slow cooker. It works well for a crowd in the summer too, everyone loves Beef Dip!!

Beef Dip by Noshing With The Nolands

The beef is so juicy and flavorful, all you need is a great big yummy bun!!!

 

Beef Dip by Noshing With The Nolands

Seriously good!! You can add a larger roast and double the sauce. You might not want to double peppercorns and garlic though.

Beef Dip by Noshing With The Nolands

 

5.0 from 5 reviews
Slow Cooker Beef Dip
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Recipe type: Entree
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Serves: 4
 
An amazing restaurant quality beef dip made at home in your slow cooker!!
Ingredients
  • 3 lb. beef roast
  • ⅓ cup sodium reduced soy sauce
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 can beef broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 15 peppercorns, whole
  • 1 tsp. rosemary
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
Instructions
  1. Place the roast in the slow cooker. Mix together the rest of the ingredients and pour over top. Cover and cook for 7-8 hours on low. I turn the roast once during cooking.
  2. After the roast is cooked, remove and pull the beef apart. Strain the sauce if you like. Serve on fresh buns, or sub buns and serve with the sauce for dipping.

 

Beef Dip by Noshing With The Nolands

 

 


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Table for Seven

Slow Cooker Apple Crisp

I am just jived about my slow cooker this winter, so many fabulous recipes have come out of it recently. I thought that dessert could be the next one.

I have bags of apples frozen in my freezer from when my girlfriend Marie brought me a huge bag back in the fall. Nothing I love better than a good apple crisp. This was lovely warm right out of the crock pot. So super easy with my all ready peeled and sliced frozen apples too.

Slow Cooker Apple Crisp by Noshing With The Nolands (2) (Small)

I tweaked my already great recipe for apple crisp and loaded it all into the slow cooker. The flavor was rich, sweet and decadent. Everything an apple crisp should be. The topping was still crunchy too just like if it was baked in the oven.

With a little whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, you have an amazing dessert!!

Slow Cooker Apple Crisp by Noshing With The Nolands (3) (Small)

5.0 from 2 reviews
Slow Cooker Apple Crisp
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 6
 
Slow cooked apples, oats and cinnamon with a hint of orange.
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • ½ tsp. ginger
  • 1 tsp. dried granulated orange peel (optional)
  • 5 cups apples, peeled and sliced
  • Juice of ½ lemon
Topping
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup flour
  • ½ cup oats
  • ½ cup butter
Instructions
  1. Mix the topping ingredients together, cutting the butter in. Set aside.
  2. Whisk together the white sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cornstarch, ginger, and granulated orange peel. Toss with the apples. Put the apples into the slow cooker. Pour in juice of ½ lemon.
  3. Place topping ingredients on apples. Cover and cook for 4 hours on low.

 

 

Slow Cooker Apple Crisp by Noshing With The Nolands (4) (Small)

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