Beef Pasta Bolognese Crock Pot Instructions

Cooking Tips & Tricks | September 17, 2012 | By

Slow cooked Beef Bolognese is a classic Italian favorite. The rich marinara sauce is loaded with chopped tomatoes, garlic, Italian spices and chunks of tender beef. Combined with our penne pasta, this is a hearty, fuss free Dream Dinner you can serve time and time again.

The best way to cook this dinner is in your crock pot slow and low, 8 – 10 hours on low and come home to the house smelling of wonderful garlic, tomatoes and tender meat.

Simply, add the meat and sauce to the crock pot and set to desired temperature. You could even add  more liquid (water, beef stock or wine) so there is 1 inch of liquid in the bottom of the crock pot if you are going to be gone for more than 8 hours. Then, 15 minutes prior to serving, add the pre-cooked pasta to the crock pot and mix together with the meat and sauce allowing it to get hot. Enjoy!

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Crock Pot Temperatures: You should check you crock pot during cooking to verify the cooking temperatures. Low setting should cook foods in 4 hours to 160 – 180 degrees.  High should cook the food to 160 – 200 in 3 hours. Not all crock pots cook at those even temperatures and knowing your crock pot temp will help you adjust your cooking times and settings.

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  • Janice Benoit

    Hello,

    I’m looking to cook the Hearty Beef Stroganoff in a crock pot and was wondering if I need to cook the noodles before I add them to the beef & sauce. Also wondering how long you think it will take to cook.

    Thank you so much!
    Janice

    • Janice,
      The noodles you got should be pre-cooked. Just make sure they are completely thawed out and add them about 15 minutes prior to serving to get warmed up with the sauce. Cooking times can vary depending on your crock pot as stated in the article. If you have 8 hours, cook it slow and on low. If you need it sooner, cook it on high for about 3 hours. You want the meat to reach 160-180 degrees before serving. Enjoy

  • Jodi

    Question…
    I know every crock pot varies, but maybe you can answer this. If I need the beef pasta bolognese to be doner sooner….How many hours on High do you think.

    Thanks
    Jodi

    • Cooking on high should only take about 3 hours. Just make sure the beef is cooked thoroughly. Enjoy.

  • jackie

    Cooking the carribbean pork roast today… has anyone done it in the crock pot?

    • It works great in the crock pot! Remember each crock pot cooks a little differently. Crock Pot Temperatures: You should check you crock pot during cooking to verify the cooking temperatures. Low setting should cook foods in 4 hours to 160 – 180 degrees. High should cook the food to 160 – 200 in 3 hours. Not all crock pots cook at those even temperatures and knowing your crock pot temp will help you adjust your cooking times and settings.

      Enjoy 🙂

  • Joelle

    Can I cook the beef pasta bolognese in the crock pot from FROZEN state? I forgot to thaw it…

    • Dream Dinners

      You should be fine to cook from frozen. Don’t forget to place the pasta in the fridge to mix in before serving. Cook low for 8+ hours for best results. Hope it turns out delicious.

  • Gina

    Any suggestions for wine to add to the beef bolognese that would be best?

    • Dream Dinners

      A red wine would go well with the beef and tomato based sauce. Please select one of your favorites to add.

      Thank you
      Dream Dinners Team

  • Karen

    Hi,

    I just realized that I need to bring my kids to an event tonight. Was planning on cooking Pasta Bolognese on the stove top, but won’t be able to now, as it would be left unattended.

    Not enough time to follow your crockpot directions and have dinner ready in time. Could I cook in the crockpot on high for a couple of hours instead?

    Thank you, in advance, for your help@

    • Dream Dinners

      Yes you could make it in the crock pot on high. Depending on the temperature of your crock pot it should take about 3-3 1/2 hours to cook the meat thoroughly. It may make the beef tough, cooking it faster though. Please check the beefs temperature before serving making sure it is done.

      You would still put the pasta in last, letting it warm up for 20 minutes or so.

      Hope it turns out!
      – Dream Dinners Team


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