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How to make Slow Cooker Bolognese with hidden veggies - kid friendly family meal recipe from Eats Amazing UK
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Slow Cooker Bolognese with Hidden Vegetables

This easy slow cooker bolognese is stuffed full of hidden vegetables for a healthy kid-friendly meal the whole family will love! 
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
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Total Time3 hrs 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 8 people
Author: Grace Hall


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 kg lean minced beef
  • 2 red or yellow peppers or one of each.
  • 1 courgette
  • 1 carrot
  • 250 g mushrooms
  • 3 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
  • 2 beef stock cubes
  • 3 Tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 Tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp dried mixed Italian herbs
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Peel and chop the onions. Peel and finely chop the garlic.
  • In a large frying pan, heat the oil then fry the onions until soft, adding the garlic for the last minute of cooking. Tip onions and garlic into the slow cooker.
  • In the same frying pan, fry the beef mince in the remaining oil until browned all over. You may need to do this in 2 or 3 batches, depending on the size of your frying pan.
  • As soon each batch of meat is browned, tip it into the slow cooker.
  • Prepare the rest of the fresh vegetables; de-seed and chop the peppers, grate the courgette, grate the carrot, chop the mushrooms (the finer the better for picky children!).  Once prepped, add each vegetable to the slow cooker.
  • Pour in the 3 tins of tomatoes, crumble in the stock cubes and add the tomato purée, Worcestershire sauce and herbs to the slow cooker.
  • Mix well until all of the bolognese ingredients are well combined in the slow cooker.
  • Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook for 8 hours on low or 3 hours on high.
  • Once cooked, give the bolognese a good stir and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve with cooked spaghetti, a sprinkling of cheese and fresh basil to garnish (optional).



Note: You won't need to add any liquid other than the tinned tomatoes as the vegetables will release a lot of their own liquid. You may even need to drain off a little excess liquid at the end. To do this, just scoop it up from where it has pooled at the edges with a large spoon before stirring the bolognese.