Hug in a Mug: Slow Cook Bolognese Sauce

The sunshine has come out today! However, the weekend was a different story with wind, rain and all the garden furniture being blown about! So, it was a weekend of slow cooking, starting with this lovely slow cook Bolognese, which I served with some noodles, in mugs, which made us all feel cosy and warm. This recipe can be made either in an electric slow cooker or it can be cooked on the stove and left  to slowly bubble away for up to two hours. I credit my Italian brother-in-law for first showing me how to cook Bolognese sauce when I was a teenager. The longer you leave it the better and using a combination of lean beef and pork mince gives you an even better flavour.

I’m excited to be linking this up to a new blog event, hosted by my local blogging friend Mediocre Mum, called Slow Cooker Sunday. Sorry it’s a day late!  Do pop along and link up your favourite slow cooker recipes and check out all the other links for lots of easy cooking inspiration!


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I’m also linking this up to Family Friendly Fridays here on Fabulicious Food! as this is a clear family favourite!


What do you like to cook when its cold outside or you have to feed a crowd?


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  1. I love that you served it in a mug. I need to dust off the slow cooker to make this!

    1. Ah thanks, quite by accident, all my bowls were dirty. Then I realised it looked quite comforting 🙂 x

  2. What a great idea, Ren. I would have never thought of doing a Bolognese in a slow cooker, but of course, why not? Lovely. I shall check out the other offerings for Slow Cooker Sunday, especially as it is still dreary and cold up here in Edinburgh. I even bought a big pile of venison at my butcher today. Definitely slow cooking this! Probably with sour cherries and dried porcini.

    1. Hi Kellie, I think there is a cold snap everywhere! My slow cooker seems to be on everyday at the moment 🙂 The venison sounds amazing as do the sour cherries and porcinis! Will keep checking your blog for inspiration. x

  3. Oh yum. We all love bolognese so I don’t know why I don’t cook it more often. I’m yet to buy a slow cooker, I wasn’t sure at first but I’m seeing so many brilliant recipes that I think I will be succumbing soon.

    1. I’ve been using a Tefal multicooker and I’m totally hooked. I can’t wait for the next recipe, so easy, just stick it on and leave it for a bit. Slow cookers in general are coming down in price though, even most supermarkets have basic ones. Look out for a giveaway soon!

  4. How funny – I ended up cooking Bolognese yesterday too!

    I made a veg-rich sauce with onions, tomatoes, herbs, grated carrots and mushrooms and then blitzed them with a stick blender to create a child-friendly non-whinge inducing sauce which I then added to the ground beef! I put a glug of red wine in too. Sam ate three helpings 🙂
    I’ll have to try using pork mince – bet that’s really tasty with the beef.

    1. Always a great meal for the family. I do often blitz mine, but I find by slow cooking it for a long time the meat goes very soft in any case. It’s a great vehicle for adding extra veggies, though this one is just a classic, I often add lentils, too for extra texture. Pork and beef is a great combo, more popular in Tuscany. x

  5. As you know I have only just entered the world of electric slow cookers, I’ll be adding this to my ever growing list of things to try.

    1. Thanks Andy! I am really enjoying slow cooking too at the moment x

  6. Either a bolognese or a chilli con carne for me. Probably the latter for a crowd as I can make a vegetarian one too. I’ve cooked chilli for 50 so I guess that’s a crowd! Always nice to go back to the basics Ren.

    1. Ooh yes I love a chilli, too. We must sort out the course over the summer 🙂

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