Classic Slow-Cooker Bolognese

You may be used to making Bolognese with ground beef, but a mixture of pork shoulder and sweet Italian sausage sets this version apart from any other you’ve tried before. And the best part? Unlike more traditional recipes, you don’t have to stand over the stove all afternoon. Instead, nearly all of the ingredients simmer together in the slow cooker while you go about your day. All you need to do is make a quick batch of spaghetti, and top with parsley and a heavy hand of Parmesan cheese. Bonus points for transforming a baguette into delicious garlic bread for sopping up any extra sauce in your bowl.

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    Nutritional Information

    Per Serving

    • Calories 653 calories
    • Fat 26 g
    • Sat Fat 9 g
    • Cholesterol 119 mg
    • Sodium 993 mg
    • Protein 44 g
    • Carbohydrate 58 g
    • Sugar 9 g
    • Fiber 5 g
    • Iron 6 mg
    • Calcium 91 mg
You may be used to making Bolognese with ground beef, but a mixture of pork shoulder and sweet Italian sausage sets this version apart from any other you’ve tried before. And the best part? Unlike more traditional recipes, you don’t have to stand over the stove all afternoon. Instead, nearly all of the ingredients simmer together in the slow cooker while you go about your day. All you need to do is make a quick batch of spaghetti, and top with parsley and a heavy hand of Parmesan cheese. Bonus points for transforming a baguette into delicious garlic bread for sopping up any extra sauce in your bowl.

Ingredients

  1. Check 3 pounds boneless pork shoulder roast 
(Boston butt), cut into 2-in. cubes
  2. Check teaspoons kosher salt
  3. Check 1 teaspoon black pepper
  4. Check 1 pound sweet Italian pork sausage, 
casings removed, cut into pieces
  5. Check cups chopped 
yellow onion
  6. Check 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  7. Check 1 cup red wine
  8. Check 1 (28-oz.) can whole peeled tomatoes, drained
  9. Check 1 (11-oz.) can tomato puree
  10. Check 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  11. Check 2 rosemary sprigs
  12. Check 1 pound spaghetti, cooked
  13. Check fresh parsley leaves, for serving 
  14. Check grated Parmesan cheese, for serving

Directions

  1. Combine the pork, salt, and pepper in a 6- to 8-quart slow cooker. Add the sausage, onion, garlic, wine, tomatoes, tomato puree, tomato paste, and rosemary. Cover and cook on low until the pork is tender, 8 to 9 hours. Discard the rosemary. To serve, top the pasta with the Bolognese, parsley, and Parmesan.