Because Teachers Need To Eat #2: Big Batch Bolognese From America’s Test Kitchen


My mom-in-law is an amazing cook and when she comes to visit, I want try to make something extra-special for her to show how much I appreciate her TLC.  This time, my husband and I made Big Batch Bolognese from America’s Test Kitchen’s magnificent book, Slow Cooker Revolution.

If you aren’t familiar with America’s Test Kitchen, the company  writes


From America’s Test Kitchen website. This is their test kitchen. I heart these chefs.

“America’s Test Kitchen is a real 2,500 square foot test kitchen located just outside of Boston that is home to more than three dozen full-time cooks and product testers. Our mission is simple: to develop the absolute best recipes for all of your favorite foods. To do this, we test each recipe 30, 40, sometimes as many as 70 times, until we arrive at the combination of ingredients, technique, temperature, cooking time, and equipment that yields the best, most-foolproof recipe”

I swear  by their recipes because they are literally tested over and over in different ways to get the best results, so when I take the time time cook, I’m never disappointed. Now that a friend gave me their slow cooker book for my birthday, I’m in crock pot heaven.

The Big Batch Bolognese was a hit.  My father-in-law had at least seconds, maybe even thirds.  Don’t forget the wine – it adds noticeable flavor.  Use whole-fat cream – it’s worth the extra calories.

After dinner,  I was able to freeze four 1.5 cup portions for our Monday Night Pasta meals in January and February.

Bon appetit!

If you’re a teacher and have an easy, go-to recipe please contact me at heatherharlen at gmail dot com. It would be fun to feature your healthy, easy recipe for mealtime happiness.

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