Photo: Ryan Benyi; Styling: Lynn Miller
Prep Time
30 Mins
Cook Time
8 Hours 30 Mins
Serves 8

How to Make It

Step 1

Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, celery and carrot and sauté until softened, about 5 minutes. Turn heat to high, add beef and cook, breaking up with a spoon, until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg.

Step 2

Pour in milk and wine and bring to a boil. Lower heat and cook at a lively simmer until most of liquid has evaporated, about 15 minutes.

Step 3

Transfer mixture to slow cooker, stir in tomatoes, cover and cook on low for 8 hours. Remove top, stir and cook until sauce is slightly thickened, about 30 minutes longer.

Ratings & Reviews

dwanbuddin's Review

April 02, 2014
If you will add 1 packet of Lawry's spaghetti seasoning you will now have eliminated the bland! Bon appetit!

RZytnik's Review

September 27, 2013
Seemed a little bland the first time added some garlic the second time and that helped.

crawtona's Review

September 11, 2013

mary327's Review

November 19, 2012

bchwalk's Review

February 26, 2012
I mix veal and sirloin for this and add another carrot, garlic and use an herbed tomatoe and garlic. It is a hit everytime and even better the next day.

LaurieJ's Review

November 03, 2011
great base recipe but I agree with another reviewer that it needs more spices. I added quite a bit of Italian spices and crushed garlic. I used red wine instead of white. My favorite addition is chopped pepperoni! ....that will certainly give it a zip!

kellyjazzercise's Review

January 26, 2011
Wow! This was really good. The only change I made was to use 1% milk. I didn't prep the ingredients at all, just placed them in the slow cooker and let it cook for hours.

Analiz123's Review

December 19, 2010
This turned out painfully bland,despite my expectations based on the aromas that filled the house all day. I even added a clove of smashed garlic to the butter and let it stew for 8 hours until discarding when I served. When paired with Parpadelle and garnished with fresh parsley and shaved Parmesan, it was still surprisingly flavorless. Next time I plan to use 1 lb lean beef, 1 lb ground veal, 3 cloves smashed garlic, a little olive oil and some seasoning; then I will season the meat and add that mixture to the vegetables. This is a great base recipe but you really have to tweak it to your liking.

mspeter's Review

October 25, 2010
Great go to meal when time is limited..I added one quarter cup of leftover red wine to recipe...everyone loved it..

Lisa53109's Review

May 18, 2010
My entire family loved this dish. I put it on in the morning and by the time I got home in the evening I just had to boil some pasta and make a quick salad and some bread and feed my family a gourmet dinner easily.