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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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. I would love to win the Crock Pot cooker because I have four kids, so any kitchen appliance that saves me time is awesome!

  2. I’m a busy mom of 4 boys and I’m always looking for healthy meals to feed my family in the most efficient way possible!

  3. I’ve heard fantastic things about a modern day pressure cooker. I’d utilize it for the short cut factor- rice, hard boiled eggs, cooking big pieces of meat in less time. Crossing my fingers!

  4. My crock pot slow cooler broke a few months ago and I’ve been debating what to replace it with. This would be perfect.

  5. I haven’t had the pleasure of trying a pressure cooker yet. Sadly, I’m not a big fan of slow cookers but this might just be my thing.

  6. I would love to have one of these! I have loved all of the Crock Pot products my family has had over the years. I have been thinking I need a new slow cooker for our family of 6 and this multi-tasker has caught my eye. Homeschooling 3 kids keeps me busy and this gem would help me get through the rough dinner-prep time of day in a flash!

  7. 5 stars
    I want to try one out I’m a nurse and after working 12 hours and driving an hour home the extent of me wanting to cook is a burger or pbj sandwich.

  8. I use my slow cooker often. I’ve heard differing opinions on the new pressure cooker/slow cooker appliances so I would love to give one a try.

  9. 5 stars
    I would love to try this Crockpot pressure cooker! I am always looking for ways to simplify dinner on weeknights, and this seems like an awesome tool. Thanks for the chance!

  10. I’d love to try this brand to see if it works better as a slow cooker and still great as a pressure cooker. Would be nice to really have one appliance instead of two

  11. I would love to try a pressure cooker and like you, I love my Crock-pot slow cookers so it makes sense to try the Crock-pot Express Crock.

  12. I LOVE to cook for my family and while I have the standard slow cooker, I would love to try this Crockpot Express. It would be great to make our family meals in a quicker timeframe!

  13. I have been dying to try this – with 3 children and a busy husband this would keep more healthy dinners on the table.

  14. After your honest review of the Instapot I refrained from getting one. I actually received one as a gift and returned it before ever using. I would love to try the Express Crock and see if it’s the perfect combination of a pressure cooker and slow cooker. If so, it would solve a lot of my weeknight cooking challenges!

  15. That was the one that i didn’t like about the instant pot is that if i’m stiring the food the bowl spins around. It drives me nuts. I also wish it was non stick, but not a big deal if you follow the directions when cooking things.

  16. I am on the fence with this when I saw it was a no-stick interior. Can you tell me about that as I noticed the box doesn’t refer to it much. Is it a typical no-stick i.e. teflon? Stainless steel is one of the attractions to the Instant Pot. Are there stainless options available with this one too?

  17. I have three kids ages three and under, so I’ll take any time and mess saving opportunity I can get!! This would be a blessing to our family!

  18. I’ve looked into getting one, but didn’t want one more appliance. At least it combines 2 into one. Thanks for honest review!