Slow-cooker macaroni bolognese (healthier version)

November 8, 2017

My family likes macaroni bolognese much more than spaghetti bolognese. We usually buy integral macaroni, and I think the shape of them is tastier in some way. Macaroni are easier to eat too, which is so helpful when you’re having a toddler. Pasta is also really popular in my husband’s home. When he was a child, his mom was preparing it almost every weekend.

  • Slow-cooker (a savior)

Slow-cooker is the best invention ever! Especially for someone who is always busy (like me, a mom of a one-year-old). I like my mornings when lunch is not my problem at all. It’s already prepared the night before, and I don’t have to run around after my son while carrying potatoes and cheese. That makes me so tired. I’m not someone who’ll handle it all with cartoons. On the contrary, I try to involve him somehow so that he doesn’t get bored. And I really like to bake with my son lots of things, but lunch is usually the hardest meal of the day. It includes a lot of dishes, and different food (veggies, meat, eggs, creams).

The best thing about slow-cooker is that you don’t have to watch over your food, and it is preparing 6 or 12 hours. Your meal will be perfectly fresh and hot when lunch time comes!

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  • Slow-cooker makes you healthy and happy

These are another great reasons to buy a slow-cooker right now! Sometimes, you don’t need oil at all. And if you do like to put oils, you wouldn’t have to put them a lot. Plus, you meals will be much more delicious!

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4.84 from 6 votes

Slow-cooker macaroni bolognese

Prep Time 20 minutes


  • 500 g integral macaroni
  • 300 g ground beef
  • 1 garlic
  • 2 onions
  • 200 g mushrooms
  • 500 ml unsweetend tomato sauce
  • salt
  • pepper
  • olive oil


  1. Cook macaroni.

  2. Cut garlic, onions, and mushrooms in small pieces.

  3. Transfer meat to a bowl, and add salt and pepper.

  4. Combine meat with garlic, onions, and mushrooms. Heat olive oil and brown meat mixture.

  5. Oil slow-cooker and transfer both macaroni and meat in it.
  6. Pour in tomato sauce, mix it all and cook 6 hours on low heat (it can be longer).

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We certainly enjoyed this meal! it really tasted much better, and it didn’t leave me hands full of dishes! I am such a fan of slow-cooker, I use it a lot. It’s something that made my life easier in many ways!

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  1. I have recently invested in a slow cooker and I am on the lookout for my recipes for my favourite foods! Love your delicious macaroni recipe! 🙂

  2. So true that macaroni is a lot easier when you’ve got little ones, although even adults have a challenge with spaghetti. Never thought about slow cooking pasta so thanks for the tip.

  3. Oh my… I’m always seeing slow cooker recipes. I really have to get myself one of these. This would definitely be one of the recipes I’d try.

  4. The fact this is a healthier option and it can be done in a slow cooker has me totally sold, this is so amazing!

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