Bolognese Sauce (in the Crock-Pot® Express Crock Multi-Cooker)

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I tried my bolognese sauce recipe in the new Express Crock Programmable Multi-Cooker to see if I could save time and create fewer dirty dishes. This recipe turned out great AND saved time.
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Bolognese Sauce on 100 Days of Real Food

It’s no secret that I recently tried to get on the electric pressure cooker bandwagon–and surprisingly I was not a fan (I was expecting to love it)! So, I have to say that I was a little skeptical when I was asked if I would try the new Crock-Pot® Express Crock Multi-Cooker (which we are giving away below!) and share my honest opinion for today’s sponsored post*. I absolutely LOVE my Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker, so I decided it was worth giving the pressure cooker one more try using a different brand.

For this experiment, I decided to make a recipe that could be made in a slow cooker, but would require some stove top prep cooking first. Cutting out extra dirty dishes is definitely one of the advantages I did see with the electric pressure cooker when I tried it; you can do any sautéing that is required right in the appliance. I also picked a recipe that’s typically best cooked for a long period, Bolognese Sauce.

Bolognese Sauce

Based on my previous experience with pressure cookers, surprisingly, the Crock-Pot® Express Crock was easy to use. I guess a little practice is what it takes with these appliances, but I have to say (and I promise no one is paying me to say this!) half the problems I had before with pressure cookers were a non-issue with this one. And, in addition to being a pressure cooker, it can also steam, slow cook, and brown/sauté foods as well.

There were some differences I noticed right away. First of all the insert stayed put instead of spinning all around when I was using the sauté function. Secondly, the recipes that came with the machine were very straightforward. I feel that when you are using a new appliance with a variety of buttons it’s nice when the directions tell you exactly what to push and when with no assumptions! And lastly, I was pleased to see there was a “start button.” Much like you feel the need to hit “save” on a document or “exit” before closing a program, this was something I felt was missing on similar appliances in the past.

In the end, the Bolognese Sauce tasted great and only took a fraction of the time. Here’s the recipe for you!

Bolognese Sauce on 100 Days of Real Food

About the Crock-Pot® Express Crock + a Meal Plan

With it’s multi-functionality, the Crock-Pot® Express Crock can be used to make many other recipes as well. Not only does it work as a pressure cooker, but it also can make all of your slow cooker meals, too. This one appliance can actually slow cook, pressure cook, steam, and brown and saute. Having so many ways to use it, the meal ideas are endless. Here is a weekly plan for some inspiration to get you started!

Meal Plan

The Best Pulled Pork in a Crock Pot

Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken

Easy Steak Chili

Gluten-free, Dairy-free Carrot Soup

Flank Steak Fajitas

Cauliflower Soup

Sunday Sauce


Now it’s time to give away a Crock-Pot® Express Crock so you can try it yourself! Enter below and one lucky winner will be chosen and notified by January 5th, 2018 via email (so make sure you use a good email address).

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*This post is sponsored by the Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker brand, however all opinions are mine alone.

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  1. Usually love your info and recipes. I’ve not used the crock pot, but this review is very misleading. Instant Pot has a slow cooker. And a stainless liner (which is SO easy to clean) and doesn’t leach out chemicals. I’m not an instant pot fanatic, but honestly, all of your IP criticisms are lame. Really, complaining about not having a start button? Why hit saute button then have to hit the start button? Why not just hit saute and have it do the job (a la the instant pot)? Just trying to balance the comments out.

  2. 4 stars
    I would love to try out this recipe! I’ve been hearing so many good things about pressure cookers and to be able to save time while cooking healthy food for my family would be so helpful!

  3. Happy I read this before I bought the “other” multi cooker! This looks way easier to operate. We’re trying to include our son in meal prep to both encourage independence (he’s about 75lbs overweight w/a multitude of health issues) and to help us all make healthier choices. Cut back on the ordering out/fast food.

  4. I have been slow to get on the instant cooker train but I think it would really help us have real food meals on days that I work. Thanks for the info on this new one!

  5. 5 stars
    The recipe looks amazing, I have yet to try and make it, but it’s on my to do list. I have multiple crock pot cookers and have been seriously looking at getting one of these. It would be amazing to win one, then I could go cooking crazy! :)

  6. I have been not buying an instant pot because I don’t want to add another appliance. So having it also be a slow cooker would be ideal’

  7. I like to use Italian sausage instead of ground pork and a can of tomato paste in my Bolognese Sauce- the Italian sausage gives it great flavor and the tomato paste gives an extra kick of flavor and good texture!

  8. As a working mom of two young kids who are both active in extra-curricular activities, I’d love to have a tool like this to help prepare healthy and delicious meals for those extra busy nights.

  9. 5 stars
    My husband and I are retired and we live 30miles away from our grandchildren. We try to attend all their athletic games (soccer, basketball, baseball, plus cross country and so we are at the games until about 6pm and have to drive 30 miles to get home. I think this would give us a good quick nutritious dinner when we arrive home so late.. I have never had a pressure cooker type appliance so I hope I will win!