Back to school often means scrambling for dinner in many homes. Between homework and evening activities, you may find it difficult to prepare a good dinner.
Instead of opting for a drive-through dinner, let your slow cooker be your helper to get dinner on the table in a hurry. Nestle Kitchens can help with Slow Cooker Fettuccine Bolognese that cooks itself while you're at work.
Slow Cooker Fettuccine Bolognese
2 tablespoons butter or extra-virgin olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 large carrot, finely chopped
1 celery stalk, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme, optional
Kosher salt and ground black pepper
3 ounces thinly sliced pancetta, chopped
1 1/2 pounds ground meat (blend of beef chuck, veal and/or pork)
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 cup dry white wine
1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
2/3 cup (5 fluid-ounce can) NESTLE Carnation evaporated milk
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon MAGGI beef or chicken flavor instant bouillon or 1/3 MAGGI beef or chicken flavor bouillon tablet
2 packages (9 ounces each) BUITONI refrigerated all natural fettuccine
3/4 cup BUITONI refrigerated freshly shredded Parmesan cheese, optional
Fresh thyme sprigs for garnish
Melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, carrot, celery, garlic, chopped thyme, pinch of salt and papper; cook, stirring frequently, for 5 to 10 minutes or until tender but not browned.
Increase heat to medium-high; add the pancetta. Cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes or until pancetta is golden. Add the meat a third at a time, stirring and breaking lumps with a spoon between each addition. Cook for about 15 minutes total. This is where this recipe develops so much flavor, so let it cook the full 15 minutes.
Stir in tomato paste; cook for about 2 minutes. Add wine; bring to a boil. With a wooden spoon, scrape all the brown bits stuck to the bottom of the pan and cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until wine has almost evaporated.
Transfer mixture to slow cooker along with tomatoes with juice, evaporated milk, water and bouillon; stir to combine. Cover; cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6 hours.
Prepare pasta according to package directions. Serve sauce over pasta. Top with cheese; garnish with thyme sprigs.
This recipe makes eight servings so you can enjoy some on another night. Don't let weeknight meal planning bring you down and make you blue.
Use your slow cooker to stay ahead of the game and you'll have time for all of the evening's activities and maybe even some family time too.