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Slow Cooker Spaghetti Bolognaise Recipe

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by PerthKel (subscribe)
I'm a part time actor and part time writer living in Perth. I love being on stage. I love going out with friends, doesn't matter what we do
Published December 29th 2013
This spaghetti recipe is easy to prepare
This recipe is one I adapted from a recipe taught to me by an Italian family. This is good for a large family, it makes between 4-7 serves, or for a couple you can eat what you'd like and freeze the rest for reheating later. You can also adjust the ingredients to your own flavour preference.

Ingredients for a 4ltr Slow Cooker;

1 x Large can crushed tomatoes
1 x Small can crushed tomatoes
1 x Dolmio or similar pasta sauce. Flavour is your choice, I use extra garlic or red wine flavours
1 x Small tub of tomato paste
500gm of Extra Lean Mince
2 x Lamb Shanks. If you can get them with the bones cut, this is prefered
1 x Large onion, sliced or diced
Half a packet of spaghetti pasta
Crushed garlic to taste
Herbs to taste


1. Place all ingredients, except lamb shanks, into slow cooker and stir.
2. Once stirred add the lamb shanks.
3. Place lid on cooker and turn on to auto setting. If not available use a mid temperature setting.
4. Leave for at least 8 hours. I sometimes find moisture overflows while cooking so recommend placing a tea-towel or two around the base to soak this up.

All the ingredients as cooking starts

5. Cook pasta to preference in pot on stove, add a little salt to stop the pasta from sticking to itself and the pot.
6. After this remove lamb shank bones from cooker. You'll know it's cooked properly because the shank meat will be falling off or already off the bone. Be careful to check the whole pot, there's usually at least 4 bones per shank if cut.
7. Serve.

The cooked spaghetti, served and ready to eat

When I am cooking this I usually put it on at about 7-7.30am and leave it cooking while I am at work and complete steps 5-7 when I return from work at about 5-5.30pm.

This version of spaghetti is very tasty, but it is also able to be altered to taste, less/more mince, more lamb shanks (although not recommended in a 4ltr cooker because unless cut, they won't fit more than 2 with mince, or 3 without)

So why not try this, next time you need to feed the family.
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I've never thought about cooking pasta in a slow cooker before. Do you think the extra time it takes is worth it for the result?
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12626) 2692 days ago
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