Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Cindy Barr 
Hands-on Time
30 Mins
Total Time
6 Hours 30 Mins
Serves 12 (serving size: about 2/3 cup)

This meaty sauce is great ladled over any kind of pasta, and leftovers freeze well.

How to Make It

Step 1

Place pancetta in a large skillet over medium-high heat; cook 4 minutes or until beginning to brown, stirring occasionally. Add sirloin; cook 3 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Place sirloin mixture in a 6-quart electric slow cooker. Return skillet to medium-high heat. Add ground pork and sausage; cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Add pork mixture to slow cooker.

Step 2

Return skillet to medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add onion, carrot, and celery; sauté 4 minutes. Add tomato paste and garlic; cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add wine; bring to a boil. Cook 2 minutes or until wine mostly evaporates, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Add stock, tomatoes, 3/4 teaspoon salt, pepper, and bay leaf; bring to a boil. Carefully pour stock mixture into slow cooker; cover and cook on LOW for 6 hours. Discard bay leaf. Stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.

Ratings & Reviews

daneanp's Review

August 25, 2014
A bit of work in the beginning but so worth it in the end. The flavors are amazing. On my cooker, I did on high for 5 hours and it was perfect. I did use red wine in mine because I had some open.

AMarieB's Review

March 18, 2014
Made this today with four links of Italian sausage because my grocer didn't have ground pork. It has wonderful flavor and plenty of leftovers. It received rave reviews and is a "keeper." I served it with Parmesan crusted bread to "sop" up the juice. Yummy!

Wubbie4299's Review

January 05, 2014
Great flavor, very easy to make. Definitely needs the time in the slow cooker to meld the flavors together. I used hot Italian pork sausage, omitted the wine and served it over linguine. Would definitely make again!

SkierCathy's Review

December 05, 2013
This recipe is easy to follow, and the flavor was great. I didn't find no-salt tomato paste, so I only added a pinch of salt. I had to substitute petite diced tomatoes, because I didn't find a 15-ounce can of crushed tomatoes. I only used 4 cloves of garlic, because that's all I had (I forgot to buy garlic). Even with those subs, the flavors are great. Would definitely make this again.

Sprgtme's Review

November 27, 2013
Followed this recipe exactly as written and it was outstanding! Used tagliatelle pasta and added a sprinkle of parmesan to husband couldn't stop raving about how delicious it was, and it was even better the second day! This recipe is highly recommend and easy enough to throw together on a weekend morning and left to cook while out running errands.

amateurcook's Review

May 01, 2014
We didn't care for the flavor. won't make again

westlick7's Review

March 08, 2014
I served this with gluten free pasta, and it was absolutely delicious.

foodfamily's Review

January 19, 2014

twoloves's Review

January 09, 2014

xspinteach45's Review

December 11, 2013
Was delicious ! I will cook less time in the slow cooker next time though. Froze half of it and had that half last night. It was just a good. Will definitely make again. Yum!