Ragu Raving over Penne

Ragu Raving over Penne created by FLKeysJen

This thick and hearty Bolognese will have your family and guests raving how great a cook you are. Comfort food that will warm your bones. Good to make for Halloween. take the children trick or treating check in, empty the candy bags, give a stir and go back out for more knowing the treat you'll be back home for..... When chilled arrive home for a hot yummy dinner that everyone will LOVE! Makes a lot of sauce so great to freeze leftovers for a later day.

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5hrs 20mins
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  • Cooked bacon till crisp, draining and discard grease. Crumble and place in crock-pot with remaining ingredients except for salt, pepper, pasta, cheese, butter and basil.
  • Mix everything together so ingredients are all incorporated.
  • Cook on low for 4-6 hours. Stir when you can.
  • Before serving adjust seasoning with salt and pepper and add additional Italian seasonings to your taste to refresh the herbiness. ;) Add butter and fresh basil and mix in for extra richness and freshness.
  • Plate pasta and pour sauce over it then top with cheese and pepper flakes.
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"This thick and hearty Bolognese will have your family and guests raving how great a cook you are. Comfort food that will warm your bones. Good to make for Halloween. take the children trick or treating check in, empty the candy bags, give a stir and go back out for more knowing the treat you'll be back home for..... When chilled arrive home for a hot yummy dinner that everyone will LOVE! Makes a lot of sauce so great to freeze leftovers for a later day."

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  1. CIndytc
    Wow this was a great ragu sauce...I added a little shredded carrots to it to sweeten it up some..<br/>you would never know if was healthy for you.
  2. 2Bleu
    5 Stars for flavor! This sauce is truly delicious. It's very hearty with great ingredients that we love. The recipe did not state to cook covered or not, so we covered it and wound up having to add a bit of tomato paste to thicken it up before serving. We felt the intro mentioning 'Halloween' did not follow any reasoning as it's not a dish specifically designed to that holiday. Overall, although we had to add tomato paste to thicken up the sauce, the flavor is wonderful. :)
  3. Maito
    We loved this ragu! We chopped the veggies finely, omitted the sugar, and doubled the pasta and basil. It was great with turkey, but I am sure you could use other meats as well. I was worried about putting the ground meat in raw, but it broke up easily upon stirring, and worked just fine. I used a Malbec in this -- which I will increase next time. Very easy with a great method and a great taste - I definitely recommend trying this bolognese!
  4. FLKeysJen
    Congratulations on winning the Craze-E Crockpot Contest! Pureeing the Rotel (a contest ingredient) was a great idea and made this a zippy interesting sauce. Since the contest is over, I omitted the celery and instead of penne used tofu shirataki spaghetti which has virtually no fat and calories, and very few carbs. I used Pinot Noir and could taste it in this delicious meaty sauce...so easy to make in the crockpot!
  5. FLKeysJen
    Congratulations on winning the Craze-E Crockpot Contest! Pureeing the Rotel (a contest ingredient) was a great idea and made this a zippy interesting sauce. Since the contest is over, I omitted the celery and instead of penne used tofu shirataki spaghetti which has virtually no fat and calories, and very few carbs. I used Pinot Noir and could taste it in this delicious meaty sauce...so easy to make in the crockpot!
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