There's a reason why slow cooker recipes are wildly popular. We want convenience, and we want—and need—it now. The slow cooker delivers just that, working hard for us while we're hard at work, welcoming us home to a fragrant dinner that's just waiting to be enjoyed. This simple appliance works miracles with tough, inexpensive cuts of meat, coaxing out incredible flavor and turning out meltingly tender results. Through its low, slow cooking, it melds and marries flavors; it brings ingredients together in delicious harmony. And it offers up a few surprises: appetizers, sides, and drinks that simmer to perfection—hands-free.
A long, slow simmer yields delicious results in this savory Italian meat sauce. It’s delicious spooned over pasta, but it’s also great on a bed of polenta or mashed potatoes, as a baked potato topping, or as the beginnings of a shepherd’s pie. You may discover so many uses for this all-purpose sauce that you want to cook up a double batch and freeze some for later. (It does freeze and reheat beautifully.) The recipe calls for a combination of beef, pork, and veal for best flavor—but you can certainly stick with just one type of meat.