Spaghetti Bolognaise Sauce

Spaghetti Bolognaise Sauce

  , ,

December 23, 2014

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 6 hrs
  • Yields: 6-8


500g premium beef (hamburger) mince

1 x 500g jar tomato based spaghetti sauce

200g of canned tomato soup (no milk or water added just the soup concentrate)

2-3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

I onion fine diced

8 mushroom cups chopped roughly

1 large carrot grated

1 teaspoon of Italian Herbs

3 tbsp BBQ sauce

2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce


1Combine all ingredients and place in slow cooker.

2No need to pre brown the mince.

3Cook on low for approx 6hrs - large slow cookers may need less time

4Copes well with 'keep warm' setting after cooking time is complete ๐Ÿ™‚

5Serve on cooked spaghetti and top with grated cheese.

6Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

Submitted by Paulene Christie


118 Reviews

Lisa Smallridge

July 16, 2022

Made this yesterday so I would have something warm and hearty to take for work lunches. Absolutely fantastic. Love the flavours. I left mushrooms out of mine because I don’t like them. Dished a container up for my neighbor and sent her the link, she said she loves it and it’s going in her recipe folder.


June 25, 2022

Really delicious bolognaise sauce! Made it for dinner the other night, next night it turned into lasagna, then into the freezer with the rest to use another time. Thank you Pauline for this delicious, easy to make sauce! ๐Ÿคฉ


June 1, 2022

Was pretty good. Not my favourite but everyone enjoyed it

You can do it on high in around 3hrs usually ๐Ÿ™‚


May 26, 2022

How long roughly would be it take on high, or at this time am I better cooking on stove


May 25, 2022

Wonderful recipe, I was skeptical because our usual way of making Bolognese was near perfect but this was also a huge hit! I made followed the recipe and used all the ingredients listed but also changed/added:
2x 380g jar sauces (instead of the 500g one)
1x 300g can tomato soup (instead of 200g)
1x grated zucchini
1x small red capsicum diced
2 teaspoons crushed chilli (we like it with a kick)


May 20, 2022

Great easy recipe! This is my familyโ€™s favourite bolognaise recipeโค๏ธ

No don’t double the liquid Bec, it’s fine as is for double the meat ๐Ÿ™‚

Bec Hughes

May 18, 2022

Hi there I’m doubling the mince do I double the liquid thank you

Rebekah Kearns

February 26, 2022

Well firstly I have no doubt this recipe is enjoyable for others ๐Ÿ™‚

I gave it a go.. I followed the recipe exactly aside from the bbq sauce, I added extra Worcestershire sauce instead..

Unfortunately this wasnt that great for me, I found it watery and bland..not terrible just not what I was expecting.. I don’t know what I could of done differently but that’s okay because I tried it and it just wasn’t for me,

I think Bolognese is just one il stick to doing on the stove lol

Glad I gave it a go none the less ๐Ÿ˜Š


January 21, 2022

Just putting on another bulk batch of this awesome bolognaise sauce. We will get at least 8-10 dinners out of it. I make it often as it is great for freezing in small family serve sizes for quick easy dinners. We dont eat mushrooms but I did put in some bacon. ๐Ÿ™‚

It’ll fit easily in a 3.5L

Trish Smith

January 19, 2022

I am cooking this for the first time, would you use a 5.5lt or 3.5lt?

Katrina stubbs

January 16, 2022

I didnโ€™t have tomato sauce so used Passata instead. I also left out mushrooms as I didnโ€™t have any. It turned out amazing

Chris Cherry ๐Ÿ’ everyone calls me Nanna which I love โค๏ธ..l

November 8, 2021

Made your amazing spaghetti sauce on Saturday, added some bacon, and celery (didn’t want to waste) it’s the best I have had, hubby loved it and he is pretty fussy. Thankyou Paulene for another beautiful recipe ๐Ÿ˜‹


October 14, 2021

Best bolognaise sauce Iโ€™ve ever made! And I thought mine was the best until I cooked this!

I swapped the beef mince for pork & veal mince as thatโ€™s what I usually use in my bolognaise sauce

Thanks Kerry!

Kerry Brown

September 30, 2021

Thereโ€™s not enough stars for this recipe!
All the reviews are spot on.
Iโ€™ll never make spaghetti bolognese any other way.
Hubby kept saying, YUM YUM so many times.
Next time Iโ€™ll double it for lasagne too ๐Ÿ˜‹

Kathy Flatman

August 30, 2021

Thumbs up from us ๐Ÿ‘. I used 500g pk of bolognaise mince ( combined pork and beef) added 4 diced slices of short cut bacon. Omitted the mushrooms as i can’t stand them and didn’t add carrot as I didn’t have one. Also didn’t have bbq sauce so substituted bbq and worcestershire with 2 table spoons of HP sauce. Browned off mince, onion, bacon and garlic first. Turned out really nice.

Jodi Revell

August 27, 2021

We loved this โ€ฆ.a bit watery , but great flavour


August 10, 2021

Absolutely delish, probably the best bolognese sauce I’ve had. Next time I’d love to try with meatballs. I used Dolmios Ragu Bolognese sauce.

Tracey Davies

August 3, 2021

I used 24 store bought pork & beef meatballs.
* 1tbsp minced garlic in place of the garlic cloves
* no onion
* cooked on low – 4.5hr

๐Ÿ˜‹Enjoyed by all the family๐Ÿ˜‹

Naomi Fraser

July 16, 2021

Unfortunately, this recipe as is was far too sweet for me. I couldn’t eat it as it was too sweet. I have been eating very low sugar lately, and I even used a jarred sauce with low sugars and reduced sugar BBQ sauce. I think it might be the tomato soup that made it too sweet. It tasted really sugary and that overwhelmed the other flavours. I’ll try this next time but without the tomato soup and jarred sauce. Instead I’ll use tomato paste, water, spices and a tin of diced tomatoes.


July 14, 2021

Five stars for sure. Delicious


July 14, 2021

This is five stars for sure. I did omit the barbecue sauce though as hubby isnโ€™t keen on it. Delicious.

Gail Duncan

July 13, 2021

I’ve posted a question about adding pasta previously but I’d like to post a review.

I enjoyed this sauce but my 18year son didn’t. He prefers my usual recipe which I actually got from a chef so I don’t blame him. However, I really enjoyed making this sauce, adding all the healthy ingredients and letting it cook for hours. I haven’t given up. I think we are used to more of a tang to our sauce and we usually add a bit of balsamic vinegar and vegeta but I think what this one needed , for us, was a good teaspoon of vegemite. I’m going to give it another go without so much BBQ sauce and with that teaspoon of vegemite. I just love the way you can throw everything in. It’s super easy.


July 12, 2021

This would be my favourite spaghetti bolognese recipe. I followed the recipe and it was delicious. Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

Amber Wilcox

July 10, 2021

I know I’ve already written a review, but just had to add….. I made a batch of this and froze it.
It defrosted beautifully and still tastes AMAZING.
I’ve been searching for the perfect recipe, and this is it.
My new, and only, GO-TO recipe.
And so easy!!!๐Ÿ‘

Amber Wilcox

July 1, 2021

After reading the other reviews and having a picky family of 9 to feed, I doubled the recipe. HOWEVER did NOT double the BBQ sauce.
I also didn’t have any Italian herbs so I used 5 drops of doTerra oregnao oil.
After 5.5hrs I sampled it and it was still quite sweet. ๐Ÿ˜ณ
I added a good dash of salt and pepper – and we had a winner!
Family licked the plates and we’re looking around for more!


June 30, 2021

Best EVER Spag Bol – I always thought mine was great UNTIL I used this recipe! Only recipe I use for Spaghetti now and follow it to the letter โ€ฆ.

Gail Duncan

June 26, 2021

How do you add spaghetti at the end without it clumping together? I imagine other pastas are easy to stir through but I’d like to use spaghetti.


June 24, 2021

The best spaghetti sauce ever. Have consistently used this recipe since the first time I made it. Wonโ€™t cook a spaghetti sauce any other way now


June 22, 2021

Oh dear. I was a little disappointed with that reverie. I used dolmioโ€™s bolenaise sauce. Hmm. I would stick to a good passata next time. Also maybe too much bbq sauce ( sweetness) for me. A shame really.


June 17, 2021

We will be doing this again! So easy and yummy!

I rarely buy the same two in a row, sometimes the ones with extra garlic, sometimes with extra mushroom, sometimes with red wine etc ๐Ÿ™‚


May 27, 2021

What spaghetti sauce does everyone prefer to use? ๐Ÿ˜Š


April 29, 2021

BEST SKETTI RECIPE EVER!!! I haven’t had bolognaise for such a long time because I couldn’t find a sauce I liked, but this was sooooo good (those were the exact words my 16 year old son said). I didn’t add mushrooms but used a packet of 800g lean beef mince from Coles, jar of Leggo’s bolognaise sauce with bacon, and all other ingredients the same as listed above. It was so YUM!!!!

Nuala Kerr

February 20, 2021

I utterly adore this recipe .. I’m nearly 50, and have been making my own Bolognese sauce since cooking for myself since I was 18. Don’t think I ever made my sauce the same. Always varied it. This is the only Bolognese I’ve made that I’ve stuck to .. other than using tinned tomatoes if I’m out of pasta sauce ๐Ÿ˜

Susan Williams

February 1, 2021

The only way I make my bolognaise sauce now. As I live alone I freeze it in one serve sizes, that way if there are more people to feed I just defrost the required number of serves. One serve is defrosting right now.

Nuala Kerr

December 14, 2020

I’ll never make spaghetti bolognese any other way .. tried it for the first time on Friday, brilliant! Family raved .. I’m making sure I’ll always have the makings for this sauce in my pantry. Perfect!

Sue Collins

October 17, 2020

Made this as per recipe but added a sachet of tomato paste. Some chilli would be nice to spice it up but that depends on your taste.
Great recipe. Leftovers in freezer for later ๐Ÿ˜

Tracey Davies

October 8, 2020

So great. Modified recipe slightly added 1 can corn kernels drained, 1 pk taco seasoning mix, 1 red capsicum diced. Browned ingredients slightly first.
Excellent ๐Ÿ‘

Joy Ronay

October 2, 2020

This is fantastic. Compared to my stove top version it is heaps and heaps more flavourful. The tomato soup is the key. I tweek this with cauliflower and a small amount of zucchinni cut very small. May as well make a full meal of it! (too much zuchinni may water down not too much) Its so quick and easy that you dont have to brown anything..just toss it all in. Love it!

Lauren Spackman

September 9, 2020

Regular in our home! We love this. I alter and only put 2 tbl spoon bbq sauce for our tastes and the whole can of tomato soup. This is so when i add pasta to the slow cooker before serving the extra liquid is soaked up

Amanda Duck

July 25, 2020

Really delicious and easy recipe to follow and this is the second time i have made it and my favorite and go spag bol sauce and will make this again

Renee Oโ€™Neill

July 19, 2020

This is mine and my familyโ€™s absolute favourite bolognaise recipe. The only changes I make is I also add a finely grated zucchini and I use a 420g can of Big Red tomato soup. This is the only way I make bolognaise now ๐Ÿ˜‹. I also make this sauce to use in my homemade lasagne. Thanks Paulene for such a delicious recipe โค๏ธX

Yep that’s fine Kristy. Any flavours you like eg red wine and herb or Italian herb or added mushroom ones etc


July 13, 2020

What kind of spaghetti sauce would you use for example dolmino?

Tracey Davies

July 6, 2020

Yumm !

Tracey Davies

July 6, 2020

So easy & SOOO good… Master 11 had two helpings !


June 11, 2020

OMG…Spaghetti sauce in slow cooker, i doubled as used for lasagne, BEST LASAGNE EVER. My family can’t wait for me to make again, will be doing for spag bog and lasagne ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ

Jackie Raavel

May 9, 2020

I made this exactly as per the recipe, just perfect, thanks Pauline. My husband loves spag bol but I have never managed to cook it exactly to his taste. This recipe nailed it.

You can do if you prefer to do so ๐Ÿ™‚

Stacey Hartley

April 28, 2020

One work for this recipe… AMAZING!

The only thing I’d add to this is grated zucchini because I have a very fussy 2 year old that hates anything with vegetables. So we have to hide as much veg as possible in anything we cook. This recipe doesn’t need it though, it is delicious without it ๐Ÿ˜


April 28, 2020

We are a fryer first. We hate oily tastes and feels can I brown first? We dont cook cook first just enough to colour change and we paper towel.

Lots of options but the easiest for a pasta sauce is to toss in some pasta in the last 45mins to thicken under pasta is tender. Or lots more options HERE

Julie Moore

April 22, 2020

Making this at moment, but its very watery. Any suggestions please

Claire Bennett

April 21, 2020

This was a great Bolognese that I added with Lasagne Sheets topped with Bechemal made in the Thermomix. Easiest Lasagne I’ve ever made. Yum.

Yes to both Cindy ๐Ÿ™‚


April 17, 2020

2 questionsโ€ฆ

1. Can you double the recipe?

2. My husband likes really meaty bolognese. Could I use the same recipe with more mince, eg 700 g?



March 29, 2020

Absolutely amazing!
I added a zucchini as I had one in the fridge starting to go.
So good!
Did not add W. Sauce, as I am allergic to chilli, paprika and capsicum, but it was so good without it!
Thank you Paulene!


March 29, 2020

Best spaghetti Bolognese sauce EVER! THANK YOU Paulene for this recipe!

Bianca Danuels

March 8, 2020

We had this last for dinner. I won’t cook it any other way. Absolutely love it.

Julie Gleeson

February 14, 2020

We had this for dinner last night, seriously the best spaghetti ever!! This will now be a regular meal in our house….

Yes you can leave them out if you prefer ๐Ÿ™‚

Jane Ash

February 3, 2020

trying this tonight for the first time in the slow cooker for tomorrow nights dinner left out the mushroom and added grated zucchini instead . can’t wait to try it.

Kim Fourie

February 3, 2020

Hi Paulene, will this still work if I leave the mushrooms out?


January 15, 2020

I do it this one all the time, but use chicken thighs or drumsticks with skin taken off…or a combo of both ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜€โค

Paulene @ Slow Cooker Central

December 23, 2019

Tamika here is the guide for adding pasta >> HERE


December 22, 2019

Can I cook my pasta in with the sauce or will it turn out yuck? Or can I say pre cook the pasta put it in the fridge and add it like 1/2 hour before serving? Thanks x

Paulene @ Slow Cooker Central

November 18, 2019

Sure you could Justine ๐Ÿ™‚


November 17, 2019

Hi, I havenโ€™t made it yet daft question could I useHp sauce instead please? Thank you x


November 17, 2019

Hi, I havenโ€™t made it yet but I donโ€™t have bbq sauce,daft question could I useHp sauce instead please? Thank you x


October 11, 2019

I will never go back to how i did it before… this is the absolute best !!!๐Ÿ™‚ thank u Paulene for your recipes

Anne Macdonald

October 5, 2019

Followed the recipe but tweaked it by adding fresh ginger(I love ginger)and fresh tomatoes that I had and needed to use up. Snuck in some veggies as well and tomato paste. Turned out beautifully.. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜


September 23, 2019

This is a great recipe. My husband is not the biggest fan of spaghetti bolognaise but really enjoyed this. Such great flavours. This is the recipe I will continue to use after 30 years of cooking. Thanks so much..


September 2, 2019

Thanks for this recipe. After seeing this post this morning, I made it for dinner.
I didnโ€™t have a can of tomato soup so I used a can of crushed and sieved tomatoes.
It is so TASTY!! And unbelievably easy. Iโ€™m never making bologniase on the stove again.

Plus it was so delicious that my super fussy partner didnโ€™t notice that I made his pasta bake with lentil pasta.

I used condensed but either will work ๐Ÿ™‚


August 21, 2019

With the tomato soup, can I use the plain big red tomato soup or does it need to be the condensed tomato soup? ๐Ÿ™‚


August 3, 2019

This is just so good, my sons can not get enough. So easy to put together

For the small amount of wine you’d add (say anything from a dash to 1/4 cup depending on how much wine flavour you like) I’d say just add it right in and leave everything else as it is ๐Ÿ™‚


May 25, 2019

I havenโ€™t tried this yet but would like to add red wine, should I substitute some of the tomato soup for the wine? And how much?

Isabella Foster

January 3, 2019

Thank you so much for this awesome recipe. I will try it out this weekend for sure, thank you Paulene .๐Ÿ˜˜

Tanya Geisel

December 9, 2018

Will never cook spaghetti bol any other way again! Rich in flavour, added the cooked spaghetti for 10 minutes into the slow cooker at the end. Thankyou for the recipe. Also added grated zucchini that I had leftover in the fridge.


September 19, 2018

Cooked this tonight only thing i changed was adding some grated zucchini. Seriously thr best spag bol

Gina Garrod

July 29, 2018

This is the best spaghetti bolognaise I have eaten it is so tasty


June 5, 2018

Super-dooper yum! I used a pasta sauce with chilli & capsicum in its and then made it into a lasagne….. ‘best dinner ever’ as declared by my kids! This will be a weekly staple – super easy too! Thanks Pauline!


June 3, 2018

So easy Kids loved it I doubled the recipe so I gave another meal ready to go in the freezer.

Ranelle Carter

February 28, 2018

This was really good! I prepared the freezer dump bags and wondered how it would go as I do have a favorite stove top spaghetti sauce but this was great and super easy. Loved it


February 6, 2018

Made this last night & it was absolutely delicious, gonna be a regular in my house now, soooo tasty ๐Ÿ™‚

Fiona MacKenzie

January 6, 2018

This is the best bolognese EVER it is now a firm fixture on our menu!
Thanks Paulene

Michelle if I cook it and I’m home I give it a stir now and then
The times I’ve not been home if I find any lumps towards the end my trick is to use a plastic potato masher and hey presto all the lumps are gone and fine mince remains ๐Ÿ™‚

Michelle Vallance

December 5, 2017

QUESTION: I haven’t tried this yet and am concerned the mince will cook in clumps. From the reviews and comments here, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Has anyone had an issue with this?


September 5, 2017

I made that spaghetti last night and it was the best I’ve ever had. Thanks for sharing. As everyone was eating at different times I cooked the meat and sauce during the day in the slow cooker then just before dinner time, boiled up some pasta and then stirred it through the sauce. Turned it off and everyone served themselves as they got home. I did brown the meat first so I could drain off the fat and I also browned the onion and garlic too. I added a dash of chilli sauce. This will be the only way I will ever cook spaghetti from now on.

I use either or ๐Ÿ™‚

Rosemary Stuart

August 17, 2017

Is it concentrated tomato soup you use or just regular?

Donna-Maree Carroll

August 13, 2017

We loved this bolognaise, so much so that I’ve been asked to give part of the leftovers to another family member so they can taste how good it is. For years we’ve made the same old sauce but not anymore! Thanks.

Pasta can be added to the bol sauce in the last 30-40 mins but beware it will absorb a lot of the liquid from the recipe ๐Ÿ™‚


July 28, 2017

QUESTION: Can you add raw pasta in to cook in the sauce later in the cooking process, or is there not really enough liquid for it to cook well? I love 1 pot meals, and would save cooking the pasta separately.

I use regular minced beef


July 1, 2017

Which mince is best for this recipe? Thanks

maureen quinn

June 30, 2017

I do this quite often and i throw in pasta shells (ready cooked) at the end ๐Ÿ™‚


June 29, 2017

I made this recipe exactly how it was written, but left the bbq sauce out as I’m not a fan, but omg this was one of the best spag bol I’ve ever made! Didn’t brown the mince, just broke it up with my fingers and gave it all a good stir, and about 5 and a half hours later it was all broken up throughout the sauce… best way to do spaghetti!

Kelly Jarvis

June 16, 2017

Made this today and added pumpkin and celery. Very nice! ๐Ÿ™‚

WOW thank you!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Julie G

June 12, 2017

Oh my goodness!! This is the most delicious spaghetti bolgnaise I’ve ever eaten! Beautiful and rich sauce and so simple to make. My husband questioned why I would cook it in the slow cooker as “it doesn’t take long in the frypan” but he definitely approved as he went back for seconds. It also goes further than just the frypan with a jar of sauce – we had half tonight and the other half I’ve frozen. I will never use another spag bolg recipient again.

I give it a good mix at the start and occasionally as I pass by ๐Ÿ™‚


May 28, 2017

Do I need to break up the mince first or does it fall apart whilst cooking?

Marz Bar

May 18, 2017

Going to give this a try this week looks great will hide mushrooms i am master of that kids not a fan when they know they go in thanks looks great cant wait

Further to our discussion on the FB group and my tips there …. yes the more fattier a meat is the better the slow cooked result also ๐Ÿ™‚


March 31, 2017

I made this for dinner tonight and I followed the recipe but it hasn’t turned out as well as I hope it would. The flavours were great but I’m wondering if the mince I used contributed to the texture. I used heart smart beef mince. Should I have used regular beef mince??

Paulene @ Slow Cooker Central

February 10, 2017

Whatever flavours you like. I like ones with mushroom and garlic but plain tomato based ones work fine too ๐Ÿ™‚


February 9, 2017

What tomato based pasta sauce do you use?

Yes just use half then ๐Ÿ™‚


August 14, 2016

So, just double checking quantities… I can only find tomato soup in cans that are like 420g. Do I just use half the can ?

Welcome ๐Ÿ™‚


July 2, 2016

This is the best!!! Will be cooking my spaghetti bolognaise like this all the time now, soooooooo tasty ๐Ÿ˜›
Thanku Paulene ๐Ÿ™‚

All fields are required to submit a review.

%d bloggers like this: