What is bolognese?
Bolognese is a meat based sauce that comes from a place called Bologna, Italy, which is where it gets it’s name.
Bolognese is not the same thing as spaghetti or marinara sauce. Marinara is a tomato based sauce filled with herbs and occasionally vegetables. Bolognese is a meat based sauce that has just a little bit of tomato for flavor.
So if meaty sauce is your thing, then so is bolognese!
Can you put raw meat in the slow cooker?
You may have noticed that even though this is a slow cooker recipe, you have to brown your Italian sausage before putting it into the slow cooker.
Meat doesn’t necessarily have to be cooked before putting it in the slow cooker. We often use raw chicken breasts, pork chops and roasts in the slow cooker.
However, the gentle heat of a slow cooker can’t brown meat, so if you are using a ground meat it is best to cook it before.
Cooking your ground meat before putting it in the slow cooker allows it to brown and gives it more flavor.
Cooking your bolognese in the slow cooker allows the tomatoes and other seasonings to simmer to give it the best flavor.
What kind of meat is used to make bolognese?
Bolognese is traditionally made with minced beef or pork. We love using mild Italian ground sausage for our Slow Cooker Bolognese.