I was in the mood for something super easy and super saucy. This tasted just right; the meat was super tender. It's not my very favorite marinara sauce but it was good enough for me to want to keep the recipe so I can make it again and again. My second daughter enjoyed four helpings!
slow cooker bolognese sauce (adapted from cooking channel)
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 large carrot, finely chopped
1 stalk celery, finely chopped
1 yellow onion, finely chopped
kosher salt and cracked black pepper
3 tablepsoons tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2/3 cup half and half
2 (28 ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
1 pound ground pork
1 pound ground sirloin
pasta for serving
Heat the oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, carrots, celery and onions. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and cook about 3 minutes. Add the tomato paste, thyme and nutmeg and continue cooking until the vegetables have softened and started to brown, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
Carefully transfer to the slow cooker. Stir in the half and half and tomatoes. Mix the pork and sirloin together in a separate bowl, using your hands, until combined. Stir the meat into the slow cooker, spreading out evenly and avoiding any large clumps. Cover and cook on high for 4 to 6 hours or on low 8 to 10 hour. Season to taste (I added about 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt). Serve over pasta with crusty bread for soaking up the sauce.