• 3 strips of bacon, chopped
• 1 lb ground beef
• 1 onion, chopped
• 2 carrots, chopped
• 2 celery stalks, chopped
• 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
• 3/4 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 teaspoon pepper
• 1 cans (28 oz ) crushed tomatoes, undrained
• 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
• 2 TB spoons fresh basil, chopped
• 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

• Spray 5-quart slow cooker with cooking spray.
• In a nonstick skillet, sauté bacon for 3 minutes.
• Add onion, garlic, carrot, and celery and sauté for 3 more minutes.
•Add beef, salt, and pepper  and continue cooking over medium-high heat for 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until beef is thoroughly cooked.
• Spoon beef mixture into slow cooker.
• Stir in tomatoes, parsley, and basil.
• Cover; cook on Low heat setting 5 hours or to 165°F.
• Stir in whipping cream.
• Cover; cook 10 minutes longer.

Tips: To Freeze Leftover Bolognese: Pour into resealable 1-gallon plastic freezer bag. Label and freeze up to 3 months. To Thaw and Reheat: Thaw in refrigerator overnight or until completely thawed. Pour Bolognese into 4-quart saucepan or Dutch oven. Cook over medium heat 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly heated (165°F).

Serve over cooked pasta. Top with shredded Parmesan cheese and fresh basil.

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