cover pic for Slow CookerInstant Pot Bolognese (Low-Carb, Paleo, Whole30)

Slow Cooker/Instant Pot Bolognese (Low-Carb, Paleo, Whole30)

  • Author: Fit SlowCooker Queen
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 10 mins
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 4 ounces bacon
  • 28-ounces crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup broth low-sodium beef or chicken broth
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled & diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes


Slow Cooker

  1. Cook & crumble bacon. In a large skillet, add ground beef and cook over medium-high heat until browned. Drain grease. Add ground beef to the slow cooker along with the bacon.
  2. Add all remaining ingredients to the slow cooker. Stir to mix well.
  3. Cook HIGH 3-4 hours or low 6-8.
  4. Remove bay leaf & stir before serving.

Electric Pressure Cooker

  1. Turn on the pressure cooker and select Sauté. Add bacon and cook a few minutes until browned. Add carrots and onions and cook a few minutes more.
  2. Add ground beef and cook until browned, crumbling the ground meat as it cooks. Add garlic and cook an additional minute. Drain excess grease from the pressure cooker if needed.
  3. Add oregano, salt, thyme, basil, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Stir to mix well.
  4. Pour diced tomatoes on top. DO NOT STIR.
  5.  Close lid and seal valve. Cook high pressure for 20 minutes. Natural release pressure for 5 minutes then quick release any remaining pressure.
  6. Remove bay leaf & stir.


The bolognese sauce will thicken as it cools