Skillet Ground Chicken Tomato Sauce with Ricotta

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This Skillet Chicken Tomato Sauce with Ricotta is a delicious and simple one pan meal.  Ground chicken is seared until it gets a super browned, flavorful crust.  Then garlic, vegetable broth and tomatoes are added and cooked down into a delightful sauce that really lets the tomato shine with a meaty bite from the chicken.  After pasta is mixed in, creamy Ricotta Cheese is dolloped on and fresh basil added to garnish.  It's perfection! Bellissimo!

This Skillet Ground Chicken Tomato Sauce with Ricotta is a delicious and simple one pan meal.  Ground chicken is seared until it gets a super browned, flavorful crust.  Then garlic, vegetable broth and tomatoes are added.  All of this cooks down into a delightful sauce that really lets the tomato shine with a meaty bite from the chicken.  After pasta is mixed in (I used Gluten Free), creamy Ricotta Cheese and fresh basil are added.  It’s perfection! Bellissimo!

Of the 10 ingredients in this recipe, 7 can come from the pantry!  And the ground chicken and basil can be stored frozen, so really, it’s just ricotta that you need to buy.  So, it’s one that is always ready to go!  Click here to get more pantry dinner ideas and  Pantry Must-Haves for Quick & Easy Dinners!

This Skillet Chicken Tomato Sauce with Ricotta is a delicious and simple one pan meal.  Ground chicken is seared until it gets a super browned, flavorful crust.  Then garlic, vegetable broth and tomatoes are added and cooked down into a delightful sauce that really lets the tomato shine with a meaty bite from the chicken.  After pasta is mixed in, creamy Ricotta Cheese is dolloped on and fresh basil added to garnish.  It's perfection! Bellissimo!

INSPIRED BY ITALY

Italian food always seems very romantic to me.  When I think of Spaghetti, I think of Lady and the Tramp.  You know the scene sharing the pasta and kissing – yes, I am a bit of a sap.  So, Italy was a natural choice for my honeymoon over 10 years ago.  For our 10th Anniversary, this past July, Dave and I decided to go back for some much-needed romance.  I mean, having kids takes its toll in the romance department – am I right?

The trip was absolutely amazing.  Here’s another amazing recipe – Walnut Sauce with Ricotta & Spinach Pasta Recipe – that was inspired by a dish I ate in Cinque Terre.

Let’s Make this Skillet Ground Chicken Tomato & Ricotta!

This Skillet Ground Chicken Tomato Sauce with Ricotta is a delicious and simple one pan meal.  Ground chicken is seared until it gets a super browned, flavorful crust.  Then garlic, vegetable broth and tomatoes are added and cooked down into a delightful sauce that really lets the tomato shine with a meaty bite from the chicken.  After pasta is mixed in, creamy Ricotta Cheese is dolloped on and fresh basil added to garnish.  It's perfection! Bellissimo!
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PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE SKILLET GROUND CHICKEN TOMATO SAUCE COOKING ‘KIT’

This recipe is so simple, that there isn’t much to do ahead of time.   Mince the garlic and rough chopping the basil leaves.  You can also just leave the basil whole for garnish at the end.

The ground chicken tomato sauce can also be made in advance and stored it in the fridge.  Then on the night you are ready to eat it, heat it up in the skillet, add the spaghetti (or gluten free pasta as I used) and the ricotta.

COOK YOUR CHICKEN TOMATO SAUCE WITH RICOTTA MEAL:

  • For this recipe, I used gluten free rice noodles, which really act like spaghetti.  There are a lot of different gluten free pastas available.  Make sure it’s sturdy enough to hold up in the sauce and that you do not overcook it.  , so that it doesn’t turn to mush in the sauce.  I find the rice noodles cooked al dente hold up really well.  Of course, you can always use regular spaghetti for this!
  • Since this recipe is so simple with just a few ingredients, here is the secret to really bringing out the flavor.  BROWN the ground chicken.  I’m talking REALLY BROWN it!  Sear it to the point where you worry the brown bits on the bottom of the pan may burn.  That’s what will give your sauce real depth of flavor with this low fat and calorie meat.  BROWNED = FLAVOR 🙂

This Skillet Ground Chicken Tomato Sauce with Ricotta is a delicious and simple one pan meal.  Ground chicken is seared until it gets a super browned, flavorful crust.  Then garlic, vegetable broth and tomatoes are added and cooked down into a delightful sauce that really lets the tomato shine with a meaty bite from the chicken.  After pasta is mixed in, creamy Ricotta Cheese is dolloped on and fresh basil added to garnish.  It's perfection! Bellissimo!

This Skillet Ground Chicken Tomato Sauce with Ricotta is a delicious and simple one pan meal.  Ground chicken is seared until it gets a super browned, flavorful crust.  Then garlic, vegetable broth and tomatoes are added and cooked down into a delightful sauce that really lets the tomato shine with a meaty bite from the chicken.  After pasta is mixed in, creamy Ricotta Cheese is dolloped on and fresh basil added to garnish.  It's perfection! Bellissimo!

  • Once the ground chicken is really browned add the garlic and broth.  As you add the broth, scrape the bottom to pick up all of those yummy brown bits stuck to the skillet.  Those brown bits will give your sauce great flavor.  I used Better than Bouillon Vegetable Base broth in this dish because I love the deep, rich flavors it brings.  You can use any other chicken or veggie broth you like.

This Skillet Ground Chicken Tomato Sauce with Ricotta is a delicious and simple one pan meal.  Ground chicken is seared until it gets a super browned, flavorful crust.  Then garlic, vegetable broth and tomatoes are added and cooked down into a delightful sauce that really lets the tomato shine with a meaty bite from the chicken.  After pasta is mixed in, creamy Ricotta Cheese is dolloped on and fresh basil added to garnish.  It's perfection! Bellissimo!

  • This is a quick weeknight meal, so I recommend using sweet, full flavored canned San Marzano Whole Peeled tomatoes.  You can break them up easily for a textured sauce with pieces of the tomato, which I really love vs. a pureed tomato sauce.

This Skillet Ground Chicken Tomato Sauce with Ricotta is a delicious and simple one pan meal.  Ground chicken is seared until it gets a super browned, flavorful crust.  Then garlic, vegetable broth and tomatoes are added and cooked down into a delightful sauce that really lets the tomato shine with a meaty bite from the chicken.  After pasta is mixed in, creamy Ricotta Cheese is dolloped on and fresh basil added to garnish.  It's perfection! Bellissimo!

  • For the Ricotta…Add as much or as little as you want in dollops into the sauce.

This Skillet Ground Chicken Tomato Sauce with Ricotta is a delicious and simple one pan meal.  Ground chicken is seared until it gets a super browned, flavorful crust.  Then garlic, vegetable broth and tomatoes are added and cooked down into a delightful sauce that really lets the tomato shine with a meaty bite from the chicken.  After pasta is mixed in, creamy Ricotta Cheese is dolloped on and fresh basil added to garnish.  It's perfection! Bellissimo!

This Skillet Ground Chicken Tomato Sauce with Ricotta is a delicious and simple one pan meal.  Ground chicken is seared until it gets a super browned, flavorful crust.  Then garlic, vegetable broth and tomatoes are added and cooked down into a delightful sauce that really lets the tomato shine with a meaty bite from the chicken.  After pasta is mixed in, creamy Ricotta Cheese is dolloped on and fresh basil added to garnish.  It's perfection! Bellissimo!

  • Serve it in bowls or dishes and then simply garnish with fresh basil.

This Skillet Ground Chicken Tomato Sauce with Ricotta is a delicious and simple one pan meal.  Ground chicken is seared until it gets a super browned, flavorful crust.  Then garlic, vegetable broth and tomatoes are added and cooked down into a delightful sauce that really lets the tomato shine with a meaty bite from the chicken.  After pasta is mixed in, creamy Ricotta Cheese is dolloped on and fresh basil added to garnish.  It's perfection! Bellissimo!

That’s it!  ENJOY!

😍 Carrie

Skillet Chicken Tomato Sauce with Ricotta and Pasta

This Skillet Chicken Tomato Sauce with Ricotta and Pasta is a delicious and simple one pan meal.  Ground chicken is seared to get a browned, flavorful crust.  Garlic, broth & tomatoes are added & cooked down into a delightful sauce with a meaty bite from the chicken.  Pasta is mixed in, then creamy Ricotta is added. Bellissimo!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 16 oz Ground Chicken Breast Free Range, No antibiotics used
  • 28 oz San Marzano Whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1 cup Vegetable Broth or Chicken Broth
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1/2 tsp Salt increase to 1 tsp if your broth is unsalted
  • 1 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper
  • 2 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 8 oz Spaghetti I used gluten free
  • 16 oz Ricotta Cheese
  • 3/4 cup Basil Leaves, loose

Instructions

Prep Ahead

  1. Mince the garlic Clove.  Rough chop the basil leaves - or just leave them whole for garnish at the end.

Cook

  1. Make the spaghetti to al dente according to package instructions then set aside until you are ready to add to the sauce.  NOTE: you do not want to over cook the pasta as it will continue to cook in the sauce.

  2. Preheat a large skillet on high heat.  Add 2 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil and spread it around the skillet.  Add the ground chicken, break it up and make a single layer of meat so that all of it can get a nice brown sear.

    This Skillet Ground Chicken Tomato Sauce with Ricotta is a delicious and simple one pan meal.  Ground chicken is seared until it gets a super browned, flavorful crust.  Then garlic, vegetable broth and tomatoes are added and cooked down into a delightful sauce that really lets the tomato shine with a meaty bite from the chicken.  After pasta is mixed in, creamy Ricotta Cheese is dolloped on and fresh basil added to garnish.  It's perfection! Bellissimo!
  3. Let the chicken cook on high heat for at least 5 minutes without touching it, but even longer is better so that it gets REALLY BROWNED!  Then flip the chicken over breaking it up again so that it doesn't form one large patty and cook the other side for another 5 minutes.  You want to make sure that all of the pink is gone and preferably all of the white too so that everything is nice and browned.  BROWNED = FLAVOR 🙂

    This Skillet Ground Chicken Tomato Sauce with Ricotta is a delicious and simple one pan meal.  Ground chicken is seared until it gets a super browned, flavorful crust.  Then garlic, vegetable broth and tomatoes are added and cooked down into a delightful sauce that really lets the tomato shine with a meaty bite from the chicken.  After pasta is mixed in, creamy Ricotta Cheese is dolloped on and fresh basil added to garnish.  It's perfection! Bellissimo!
  4. Now add the minced garlic and stir to combine and cook for 1 minute.

  5. Add the Broth and stir to get all of those delicious browned bits off the bottom of the skillet.

    This Skillet Ground Chicken Tomato Sauce with Ricotta is a delicious and simple one pan meal.  Ground chicken is seared until it gets a super browned, flavorful crust.  Then garlic, vegetable broth and tomatoes are added and cooked down into a delightful sauce that really lets the tomato shine with a meaty bite from the chicken.  After pasta is mixed in, creamy Ricotta Cheese is dolloped on and fresh basil added to garnish.  It's perfection! Bellissimo!
  6. Add the tomatoes and break them up with a spatula.  Mix to combine.  Cover and simmer for 5 minutes.  TIP: If you do not have a cover for your skillet, you can use a sheet pan or just aluminum foil.

    This Skillet Ground Chicken Tomato Sauce with Ricotta is a delicious and simple one pan meal.  Ground chicken is seared until it gets a super browned, flavorful crust.  Then garlic, vegetable broth and tomatoes are added and cooked down into a delightful sauce that really lets the tomato shine with a meaty bite from the chicken.  After pasta is mixed in, creamy Ricotta Cheese is dolloped on and fresh basil added to garnish.  It's perfection! Bellissimo!
  7. Now mix in the spaghetti and mix using tongs so that all of the sauce combines with the pasta.  

    This Skillet Ground Chicken Tomato Sauce with Ricotta is a delicious and simple one pan meal.  Ground chicken is seared until it gets a super browned, flavorful crust.  Then garlic, vegetable broth and tomatoes are added and cooked down into a delightful sauce that really lets the tomato shine with a meaty bite from the chicken.  After pasta is mixed in, creamy Ricotta Cheese is dolloped on and fresh basil added to garnish.  It's perfection! Bellissimo!
  8. Finally, add in some hefty dollops of creamy ricotta cheese.  You can add in as much or as little as you want, but I like to scoop out 1-2 dollops per serving.

    This Skillet Ground Chicken Tomato Sauce with Ricotta is a delicious and simple one pan meal.  Ground chicken is seared until it gets a super browned, flavorful crust.  Then garlic, vegetable broth and tomatoes are added and cooked down into a delightful sauce that really lets the tomato shine with a meaty bite from the chicken.  After pasta is mixed in, creamy Ricotta Cheese is dolloped on and fresh basil added to garnish.  It's perfection! Bellissimo!
  9. Serve and garnish with basil.

    This Skillet Ground Chicken Tomato Sauce with Ricotta is a delicious and simple one pan meal.  Ground chicken is seared until it gets a super browned, flavorful crust.  Then garlic, vegetable broth and tomatoes are added and cooked down into a delightful sauce that really lets the tomato shine with a meaty bite from the chicken.  After pasta is mixed in, creamy Ricotta Cheese is dolloped on and fresh basil added to garnish.  It's perfection! Bellissimo!

Recipe Notes

This recipe is intentionally simply and short on herbs because I really wanted to let the natural sweetness of the tomatoes and the browned flavor from the chicken be the star.  The basil at the very end as garnish is a nice fresh burst of flavor.  However, feel free to also add basil to the sauce and mix it in before you cover it to simmer.

Slow Cooker Beef Bolognese Recipe

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Anniversary Slow Cooker Beef Bolognese is a souped-up version of the traditional Italian Meat Sauce made EASY in the slow cooker! The flavors of the ingredients with the meat become one and turn into this amazing thick sauce. I add even MORE FLAVOR with Pancetta and Demi-Glace. Delicious!

I should really call this I’m-Sorry-I-Forgot-OurAnniversary Slow Cooker Beef Bolognese Recipe, but more on that in a moment…  This recipe is a souped-up version of a traditional Italian meat sauce.  Please don’t let the number of ingredients scare you off because this recipe really is so easy when cooked in the slow cooker!  Beef bolognese is a traditional and decadent sauce with ground meat as the star.  It’s cooked slowly for hours so that the flavors of the tomatoes, carrots, celery, onions, garlic, wine and meat become one and turn into this amazing thick sauce.  AND…my Slow Cooker Beef Bolognese recipe adds even MORE FLAVOR with Pancetta and Demi-Glace.  The best part, aside from the amazing flavor, is that the slow cooker does all the work while you are out during your busy day!

So, about that Anniversary title for this recipe.   Yes, apparently when you surpass 10 years of marriage, you just forget.  It wasn’t even just me, WE BOTH FORGOT!😮  In our defense, we have a fabulous trip to Italy planned in July to celebrate a belated 10-year anniversary, but seriously, I feel like an idiot.  I didn’t even remember until 3 days later while washing my hair in the shower!  ugh.  But I decided to make up for it with food, because while cliche, it is true that the way to my husband’s heart is through his stomach.  And the perfect dish for this?  Anniversary Slow Cooker Beef Bolognese

Anniversary Slow Cooker Beef Bolognese is a souped-up version of the traditional Italian Meat Sauce made EASY in the slow cooker! The flavors of the ingredients with the meat become one and turn into this amazing thick sauce. I add even MORE FLAVOR with Pancetta and Demi-Glace. Delicious!

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PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE BEEF BOLOGNESE RECIPE COOKING ‘KIT’

You are busy, so these are the steps you can do a day or two in advance to prepare food ahead!  Actually, this ENTIRE Bolognese can be made in advance, however, I will still give you some prep-ahead steps if you want to run the slow cooker on the week day so you come home to the amazing smell of DINNER BOLOGNESE! (See the recipe below for more details)

Let’s start with the ingredients.  It may seem like a lot, but you only really need to potentially chop/mince 5 items: the carrots, celery, onion, garlic, and parsley.  And EVERYTHING goes into ONE POT!

Anniversary Slow Cooker Beef Bolognese is a souped-up version of the traditional Italian Meat Sauce made EASY in the slow cooker! The flavors of the ingredients with the meat become one and turn into this amazing thick sauce. I add even MORE FLAVOR with Pancetta and Demi-Glace. Delicious!

So first, dice the Carrots, Celery, and Onions.

    • TIP:  You can find these already diced in most grocery stores and sometimes already in a combined container labeled as Mirepoix!

Open the can of whole peeled tomatoes and break them up either with a fork in a bowl or with your fingers, squeezing them gently to crush and break up.  Set aside.

Dice the Pancetta.

    • TIP:  You can get this already diced!  I like to use Citterio Cubetti Pancetta that comes in a 4oz container, so perfect!

To a preheated skillet, add the diced pancetta and cook down until the fat renders then scoop the pancetta out with a slotted spoon and put into the slow cooker.

Anniversary Slow Cooker Beef Bolognese is a souped-up version of the traditional Italian Meat Sauce made EASY in the slow cooker! The flavors of the ingredients with the meat become one and turn into this amazing thick sauce. I add even MORE FLAVOR with Pancetta and Demi-Glace. Delicious!

To the fat in the pan, add the ground beef and break it up with a spatula.  Let the meat sear and get brown, then stir to brown on all sides.  Then transfer it to the slow cooker.  If you don’t have a Slow Cooker, click here to see the Crock-Pot that I have and love!

Anniversary Slow Cooker Beef Bolognese is a souped-up version of the traditional Italian Meat Sauce made EASY in the slow cooker! The flavors of the ingredients with the meat become one and turn into this amazing thick sauce. I add even MORE FLAVOR with Pancetta and Demi-Glace. Delicious!

Anniversary Slow Cooker Beef Bolognese is a souped-up version of the traditional Italian Meat Sauce made EASY in the slow cooker! The flavors of the ingredients with the meat become one and turn into this amazing thick sauce. I add even MORE FLAVOR with Pancetta and Demi-Glace. Delicious!

Next, add the carrots, celery, and onion to the skillet.  Add a little olive oil if needed.  Saute for 5 minutes until they start to sweat and soften.  Add the garlic and the wine and cook down for another 3 minutes, then transfer everything to the slow cooker.

Anniversary Slow Cooker Beef Bolognese is a souped-up version of the traditional Italian Meat Sauce made EASY in the slow cooker! The flavors of the ingredients with the meat become one and turn into this amazing thick sauce. I add even MORE FLAVOR with Pancetta and Demi-Glace. Delicious!

Next add the demi-glace, tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, Italian Seasoning, Bay Leaf, Salt, and Pepper to taste.

    • What is Demi-Glace?  Well, it is a condensed broth base that is made from simmering bones and flavors for days which extracts the gelatin from the bones, concentrates the flavors and thickens the sauce.  When added to this Anniversary Slow Cooker Beef Bolognese recipe, it set it apart from all other meat sauces!  I also use it in my Slow Cooker Short Ribs Recipe!!

Anniversary Slow Cooker Beef Bolognese is a souped-up version of the traditional Italian Meat Sauce made EASY in the slow cooker! The flavors of the ingredients with the meat become one and turn into this amazing thick sauce. I add even MORE FLAVOR with Pancetta and Demi-Glace. Delicious!

Finally add the tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, Italian Seasoning, Bay Leaf, Salt, and Pepper to taste.  Then Mix to combine.

Anniversary Slow Cooker Beef Bolognese is a souped-up version of the traditional Italian Meat Sauce made EASY in the slow cooker! The flavors of the ingredients with the meat become one and turn into this amazing thick sauce. I add even MORE FLAVOR with Pancetta and Demi-Glace. Delicious!Anniversary Slow Cooker Beef Bolognese is a souped-up version of the traditional Italian Meat Sauce made EASY in the slow cooker! The flavors of the ingredients with the meat become one and turn into this amazing thick sauce. I add even MORE FLAVOR with Pancetta and Demi-Glace. Delicious!

Now…this is the point that you can cover and place the entire slow cooker pot in the fridge until the day you want to cook it OR just cook it now for 6-8 hours.  If you cook on a Sunday you can either eat it or save it in the fridge and reheat it on the stove during the week.

COOK YOUR BEEF BOLOGNESE RECIPE

Cook the Fettuccine according to package instructions.  I love this amazing Gluten-Free Fresh Fettuccine Pasta from RP’s Pasta Company.  It is made from Brown Rice Flour and tastes like the real deal!  My picky husband could not tell that this was gluten-free.

When the bolognese is done, give it a stir and then add the cooked pasta and gently stir to combine.  Toss in the fresh chopped parsley, leaving some for garnish.

Anniversary Slow Cooker Beef Bolognese is a souped-up version of the traditional Italian Meat Sauce made EASY in the slow cooker! The flavors of the ingredients with the meat become one and turn into this amazing thick sauce. I add even MORE FLAVOR with Pancetta and Demi-Glace. Delicious!

Plate a heaping scoop of the pasta and bolognese onto plates.  Freshly shave or grate parmesan onto the plated fettuccine with Bolognese, add one final sprinkle of fresh parsley.

Anniversary Slow Cooker Beef Bolognese is a souped-up version of the traditional Italian Meat Sauce made EASY in the slow cooker! The flavors of the ingredients with the meat become one and turn into this amazing thick sauce. I add even MORE FLAVOR with Pancetta and Demi-Glace. Delicious!

That’s it!  ENJOY!

😍 Carrie

Anniversary Slow Cooker Beef Bolognese

Anniversary Slow Cooker Beef Bolognese is a souped-up version of the traditional Italian Meat Sauce made EASY by cooking it in the slow cooker!  Beef bolognese is a traditionally cooked slowly on the stove for hours so that the flavors of the tomatoes, carrots, celery, onions, garlic, wine and meat become one and turn into this amazing thick sauce.  My recipe adds even MORE FLAVOR with Pancetta and Demi-Glace and then it all cooks in the slow cooker so you can go about your busy day!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Slow Cooker 8 hours
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 460 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 4 oz Pancetta, diced
  • 16 oz Lean Ground Beef
  • 1/2 cup Carrots, diced
  • 1/2 cup Celery, diced
  • 1/2 cup Onion, diced
  • 3 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 2 tbls Tomato Paste
  • 28 oz Whole Peeled Tomatoes, Crushed
  • 1-2 oz Demi-Glace
  • 1/2 cup Dry Red wine
  • 2 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1/4 cup Italian Parsley, chopped
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • Fresh Ground Pepper
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese, shaved or grated
  • 8 oz Fettuccine, Fresh Gluten-Free or Regular

Instructions

Prep-Ahead

  1. Dice the carrots, celery, and onion.  Set aside.  TIP: you can find these already diced in most grocery stores and sometimes already in a combined container labeled as Mirepoix! 

  2. Open the can of whole peeled tomatoes and break them up either with a fork in a bowl or with your fingers, squeezing them gently to crush and break up.  Set aside.

  3. To a preheated skillet, add the diced pancetta and cook down until the fat renders about 5-6 minutes.  Then scoop the pancetta out with a slotted spoon or spatula and put into the slow cooker.

    Anniversary Slow Cooker Beef Bolognese is a souped-up version of the traditional Italian Meat Sauce made EASY in the slow cooker! The flavors of the ingredients with the meat become one and turn into this amazing thick sauce. I add even MORE FLAVOR with Pancetta and Demi-Glace. Delicious!
  4. To the fat in the pan, add the ground beef and break it up with a spatula.  Let the meat sear and get brown, then stir to brown on all sides. When the meat is done cooking, transfer it to the slow cooker.

    Anniversary Slow Cooker Beef Bolognese is a souped-up version of the traditional Italian Meat Sauce made EASY in the slow cooker! The flavors of the ingredients with the meat become one and turn into this amazing thick sauce. I add even MORE FLAVOR with Pancetta and Demi-Glace. Delicious!
  5. Next, add the carrots, celery, and onion to the skillet.  Add a little olive oil if needed.  Saute for 5 minutes until they start to sweat and soften.  

    Anniversary Slow Cooker Beef Bolognese is a souped-up version of the traditional Italian Meat Sauce made EASY in the slow cooker! The flavors of the ingredients with the meat become one and turn into this amazing thick sauce. I add even MORE FLAVOR with Pancetta and Demi-Glace. Delicious!
  6. Add the garlic and red wine and cook down for about 3-4 minutes. Then transfer to the slow cooker.
  7. Finally to the Slow cooker add: The demi-glace, tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, Italian Seasoning, Bay Leaf, Salt, and Pepper to taste.

    Anniversary Slow Cooker Beef Bolognese is a souped-up version of the traditional Italian Meat Sauce made EASY in the slow cooker! The flavors of the ingredients with the meat become one and turn into this amazing thick sauce. I add even MORE FLAVOR with Pancetta and Demi-Glace. Delicious!
  8. Now...this is the point that you can cover and place the entire slow cooker pot in the fridge until the day you want to cook it OR just cook it now for 6-8 hours.  If you cook on a Sunday you can either eat it or save it in the fridge and reheat it on the stove during the week.

Cook Meal!

  1. Whether you do this step day(s) ahead or a weeknight morning for later that night, simply place the slow cooker pot back in the cooker and then set it to either 6 hours or 8 hours, depending on how long you will be gone.  Both will be just fine.

  2. Cook the Fettuccine according to package instructions.  If you went with the Gluten-Free fettuccine, as I did, be sure to really drain and then rinse the cooked pasta.  GF pasta can be very starchy and sticky, so you want to rinse the excess starch off before adding it to your bolognese.  

  3. When the bolognese is done, give it a stir and then add the cooked pasta and gently stir to combine.  Toss in the fresh chopped parsley, leaving some for garnish.  

    Anniversary Slow Cooker Beef Bolognese is a souped-up version of the traditional Italian Meat Sauce made EASY in the slow cooker! The flavors of the ingredients with the meat become one and turn into this amazing thick sauce. I add even MORE FLAVOR with Pancetta and Demi-Glace. Delicious!
  4. Plate a heaping scoop of the pasta and bolognese onto plates.  Freshly shave or grate parmesan onto the plated fettuccine with Bolognese, add one final sprinkle of fresh parsley and Enjoy!!

    Anniversary Slow Cooker Beef Bolognese is a souped-up version of the traditional Italian Meat Sauce made EASY in the slow cooker! The flavors of the ingredients with the meat become one and turn into this amazing thick sauce. I add even MORE FLAVOR with Pancetta and Demi-Glace. Delicious!