Bolognese sauce in the Slow Cooker

Hey friends, time for another amazing slow cooker recipe!  Today’s recipe comes to you all the way from Sweden and was written by Karl from Ingredient Matcher.  When I first received Karl’s recipe, I was a little unsure about some of the translations.  Even though his English is great, I wasn’t sure what veal fond was.  Also, everything was written in grams, something we Americans aren’t very familiar with.  I went to my handy converter tool though and changed the recipe enough to make sense for me (and probably you, too).  As for the veal fond, I hear you can buy it in specialty stores or even Amazon.  When I researched it, I read that you could use a combination of 1/2 chicken stock and 1/2 beef stock for a similar flavor.  Obviously, it won’t be exactly the same, but you get the idea.  OK, enough talking, let’s get to the recipe!

 

Bolognese sauce

Ragù Bolognese is probably the meat recipe I cook most often. Even though I am brought up on a simple and tasty version of it I wanted to make it as good as possible with a reasonable effort. In my quest for the best bolognese sauce I came across this recipe for slow-cooked bolognese sauce on theKitchn and later on I also noticed Kenji from SeriousEats made his version of the best slow-cooked bolognese sauce. However, I had to create my own version that worked better with the ingredients I usually have at home. The recipe below is written for a slow cooker but works really good to simmer in a big pot instead if you don’t have a crockpot.

 

The good thing with bolognese sauce beside the great taste is that

 

  • it freezes well
  • it is a basic component in lasagna
  • it works amazing to serve with any kind of pasta

 

THE BEST BOLOGNESE SAUCE

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Serves: 6
INGREDIENTS
  • 2 onions
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 pound ground beef (2 cups)
  • 1 4 oz can of mushrooms
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 cans (15 oz each) crushed tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp veal fond
  • 1 cup of cream
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 10 sun-dried tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 5 slices of bacon
  • oregano
  • basil
  • rosemary
  • salt
  • black pepper
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Peel and chop the onion and garlic. Grate the carrot. Chop the sun-dried tomatoes and dice the bacon.
  2. Brown the meat in a frying pan and place aside (this adds more flavor than just adding it uncooked to the slow cooker)
  3. Sauté the onion, garlic, carrots and mushrooms (this also adds flavor)
  4. Put all ingredients in the slow cooker and cook on low heat for a couple of hours (6-10 hours)
  5. Half an hour before you want to eat it, check the sauce to see if excess liquid needs to be reduced. In that case just remove the lid. Just before serving you can also add some additional cream and vinegar to get the right balance between silkiness and acidity.
  6. Serve with some freshly grated parmesan over spaghetti, or some other pasta that you like.

 

 

Karl from The Ingredient MatcherKarl is the founder and CEO of IngredientMatcher, the app that will tell you what recipes you can make based on the ingredients you already have at home. His cooking is mostly centered around weeknight dinners where he tries to find new recipes using common ingredients. Since he lives in Sweden many of the recipes on his blog are of traditional Swedish dishes. Another thing he is passionate about is to master smart tips and tricks in the kitchen, many which you will also find on the blog and the youtube channel.


Roast Turkey in the Slow Cooker Recipe

Hi!  My name is Lois and you can find me blogging over at
I’m excited to be sharing this recipe with you today!
Crock Pot Turkey Breast…
Yes!  You can use your crock pot to make the most delicious, moist turkey breast
that your family will enjoy…even during the hot summer months.
 I made this particular turkey breast when it was around 85 degrees
here in our corner of the world and it was great.
The oven wasn’t on for hours heating up our kitchen.
The turkey breast cooked in the crock pot while I was out of the house most of the afternoon.
Ingredients:
  • One Turkey Breast
  • 2 Tablespoons Softened Butter
  • salt, pepper, season salt (or YOUR favorite seasonings)

 

Directions:
Spread the softened butter all over the outside of the turkey breast.
Sprinkle with salt, pepper and the season salt.
Place in the crock pot and cook on low 6 to 8 hours or on high 4 to 6 hours.
Check with an meat thermometer to make sure it reaches the proper temperature for doneness.
Here is our turkey breast all cooked AND do you see that broth?  THAT is from the turkey cooking in the crock pot.  I added NO WATER at all to the crock pot while the turkey was cooking.  I used the broth to make the most delicious gravy to serve along with the turkey.




If you would like detailed directions on making gravy, 

please go HERE to read my post on pot roast.  

I always make gravy this way and the gravy always comes out GREAT.










 
 
I made roasted potatoes in the oven and green beans to complete our dinner…


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Originally from Queens, NY, Lois now calls Northeastern PA her home.
You can find her blogging over at Walking on Sunshine Recipes where she shares
a little of her life but more importantly what’s for dinner in her house tonight.  
 






 

Slow Cooker Drunken Honey BBQ Chicken

 

Hello Sidetracked Sarah readers! I’m so excited to be guest posting for Sarah today with my Drunken Honey-BBQ Chicken crockpot recipe.

 

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I’m Kate from Creative House Blog, where I share my DIY and craft projects, recipes, book reviews and other creative topics. I also have an Esty Shop with personalized mugs and my Mama Bear line featuring the Mama Bear Car Decal. I spend much of my day chasing around our adorable one year old daughter and sweet dog.

 

Between being a mom, blogger and shop owner I need and love easy crockpot meals. The Drunken Honey-BBQ Chicken is one of my favorites, I often make enough to have left overs several times.

Crockpot Drunken Honey Chicken

 

Ingredients

- 4-6 Boneless Chicken Breast
- Half a Bottle of BBQ Sauce (I use Sweet Baby Ray’s)
-1/2 cup of Honey
-1 can or bottle of beer.
- Sriracha (optional)

 

Directions:

Lay your chicken breast in the crockpot.

Cover with BBQ, Honey, and add Sriracha for an extra kick.

Then pour in beer.

Let cook for 6-8 hours on low or 4 hours on high.  I think cooking on low turns out better.

 

Drunken Honey Chicken in the Slow Cooker

 

Serve with your favorite sides such as green beans and mac and cheese. We also like to make sandwiches and tacos with the leftovers.