When I say Sunday Supper, do you get a specific image in your head? I know I do. When I was growing up, Sundays meant a few things at our house. One, rise and shine early for church. Two, Daddy was home all day, and three, we would come home from church and mom would make a huge meal.
The kind of meal you don't really need to plan on eating again for the rest of the day after. Dad liked to have a big meal in the middle of the day. Not lunch time. Not supper time. But somewhere in between. Usually a meat of some sort, a potato dish, a vegetable dish, and rolls or bread. However, to me, a Sunday type meal can be anything you have to plan on making then because of the time involved. Like maybe a homemade pasta sauce that some one's grandma back in Italy would hover over the stove for hours making.
What if I told you, you could have a pasta sauce like this but on any night of the week, even when you are super busy, and with a little prep work in the morning before work, you could come home to it? Sounds pretty good, right??!!
That's exactly what you get with this recipe. A pasta sauce that will change your life. One that takes your ordinary pasta and turns it into something extraordinary. This is hands down, the most delicious pasta sauce I've ever made at home, and with the help of the Crock Pot, one of the easiest too!
If you love a good meat sauce, this will become a favorite in your house too! Now you can give your family a delicious Sunday Supper of days gone bye, Monday through Friday!
Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce
4 slices bacon, diced
1 TBS olive oil
1 medium white onion, diced
3 celery ribs, diced
2 carrots, peeled and diced
2 lbs. ground beef
1/4 c. chicken broth
2 (28 oz.) cans crushed tomatoes
3 dried bay leaves
1/2 c. half-and-half
2 TBS dried parsley, extra for garnish
Salt and Pepper to taste
In a large skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until crisp. Remove to a paper towel. Add oil to skillet. Cook onion, celery and carrots until tender, about 5 minutes. Add beef, season with salt and pepper. Cook until beef is browned, about 10 minutes. Drain. Add broth. Cook for 3-4 minutes. Transfer beef mixture to slow cooker. Add tomatoes with juice and bay leaves. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 hours. Discard bay leaves. Stir in half-and-half and parsley just before serving. Serve over favorite pasta. Sprinkle with extra parsley.