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A white cast iron pot of One Pot Bolognese on a wooden table.
One Pot Penne Bolognese with Fennel Seed - Slow Cooker Version
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
6 hrs
Total Time
6 hrs 10 mins
Pasta with a Bolognese sauce is a classic recipe, but in this One Pot Penne Bolognese version the fennel seed adds a subtle twist.
Course: Entrées
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Beef, Pasta, Sauces, One Pot Meal
Servings: 6
Calories: 565 kcal
Author: Meredith Laurence
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 carrots finely chopped
  • 2 ribs of celery finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • ½ pound ground beef
  • ½ pound ground pork
  • ½ pound ground veal or turkey
  • teaspoons salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup white wine or red wine if you prefer
  • 28 ounce canned diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 12 ounces penne pasta cooked
  • grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  1. Pre-heat a 6-quart multi-function slow cooker using the BROWN or SAUTE setting.
  2. Add the olive oil and sauté the onion, carrots and celery until the vegetables start to soften – about 6 minutes. Stir in the fennel seeds and fresh thyme and cook for another minute or so. Add the meats to the cooker and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Break the chunks up with a wooden spoon as you brown the meat until there is no pink left visible.
  3. Add the wine and stir, scraping the bottom of the cooker to incorporate any bits of flavor. Bring the mixture to a boil for 2 minutes. (If your multi-cooker doesn’t have a brown setting, use a Dutch oven on the stovetop for the steps above and transfer the contents to the cooker now.)
  4. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste and beef stock and stir. Cover and slow cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours (or 3 to 4 hours on HIGH).
  5. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve over cooked pasta with Parmesan cheese at the table.
Nutrition Facts
One Pot Penne Bolognese with Fennel Seed - Slow Cooker Version
Amount Per Serving
Calories 565 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 85mg28%
Sodium 991mg41%
Potassium 970mg28%
Carbohydrates 54g18%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 3665IU73%
Vitamin C 17.6mg21%
Calcium 105mg11%
Iron 4.2mg23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.