Slow Cooker Spaghetti Bolognese

Total Time: 8 Hrs 10 Min

Slow Cooker

About this recipe

Delight in the rich flavors of our Slow Cooker Spaghetti Bolognese. This classic Italian dish begins with a hearty sauté of ground beef or turkey, onions, and garlic, all enhanced by the exceptional depth of Holland House® Red Cooking Wine. Simmered to perfection in your slow cooker, the sauce melds with the perfect balance of herbs and tomatoes. Tossed with al dente spaghetti, it's a comforting and satisfying meal, topped with Parmesan and fresh basil or parsley. Buon appetito!

Prep Time: 10 Min

Cook Time: 8 Hrs

Yield: 8-10 SERVINGS



  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1½-2 lbs. ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup Holland House® Red Cooking Wine
  • 2 (28 oz.) cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
  • 3 beef bouillon cubes, crushed
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tsp. dried oregano
  • 2 tsp. dried thyme leaves
  • 3 dried bay leaves
  • 2 tsp. red pepper flakes, crushed, to taste
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • ½ tsp. black pepper, freshly cracked


  • ½ lb. dry, uncooked spaghetti
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • ½ cup basil or parsley leaves, freshly chopped


For Sauce

  1. In a large skillet set to medium-high heat, add olive oil. Once hot, add ground beef or turkey, onion and garlic. Cook until onions and garlic are fragrant and softened, and beef or turkey is browned (crumbling as you cook), about 7-9 minutes. Deglaze pan with Holland House® Red Cooking Wine and bring to a simmer. Cook down liquid to about half, simmering for 2-3 minutes. Transfer cooked mixture to your slow cooker.
  2. Add remaining ingredients into the slow cooker, except for spaghetti. Cook on high for 3-4 hours, or low for 6-8 hours.

For Spaghetti

  1. Set a large pot of water to boil. Once boiling, add spaghetti and cook according to package instructions for al dente (soft but slightly firm), about 6 minutes. Drain the pasta and return to the pot. Add 2½ cups of the sauce to the pasta, tossing gently to coat.
  2. Using tongs, serve spaghetti into individual bowls and top with more sauce. Sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese and chopped fresh basil or parsley leaves, if desired. Enjoy!