I made a decision. I am not going to slave over a hot stove this summer. I quite often underestimate the usefulness of my slow cooker, and I don’t really think about it as being something I use other than for pot roast or soups and stews. Let me tell you though, I have had a change of heart. The AHA moment came last week when I was outside enjoying the 80 degree weather and longer night, and dreading the thought of coming inside to cook. I realized my lazy attitude was only going to progress through summer, so I started hunting for lighter, easy slow cooker recipes. Things that would go great with a bowl of fruit, or could be combined with a salad for a quick and painless dinner. That way, I can go to the park, or pool, or be out gardening, and know that dinner is ready and waiting whenever we are. I am so excited about this, and maybe many of you are like, “Duh chick, that’s how I always cook”, but I’m a little slow on the uptake sometimes…
In honor of Slow Cooker Summer, I’d like to share with you one of my new favorite slow cooker meals.
Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce
This hearty Italian Bolognese sauce is perfect on any pasta.
- 2.5 lb. Ground Beef or Turkey
- 1 — Onion (finely chopped)
- 2 — Garlic Cloves (finely chopped)
- 3 — Carrots (shredded)
- 1/2 cup Zucchini (shredded)
- 2 quart Stewed Tomatoes
- 1 cup Milk
- 2 cup Apple Juice
- 1/2 cup Fresh Basil
- 1 T. Salt
- 1/4 tsp. Nutmeg
- 1 tsp. Pepper
- 1/4 cup Olive Oil
1. Heat oil, and add garlic, onion, carrot, and zucchini. Cook and stir for 1-2 minutes.
2. Add ground beef to pan, cook until browned. Drain off any grease.
3. Add apple juice and tomatoes to pan, simmer for 30 minutes.
4. Add milk, season with salt and pepper, nutmeg, and basil. Simmer for 3-4 hours on low temperature, until most of the liquid is absorbed.
5. Serve over favorite pasta.