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Leftover Brisket Bolognese

Leftover Brisket Bolognese

Slow cooked Bolognese sauce made with leftover smoked brisket and served with pasta and freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 40 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 528kcal
Author Dean "Schuey" Schumann


  • 2.2 lbs smoked brisket
  • 2 medium brown onions peeled and diced
  • 4 carrots peeled and diced
  • 4 celery stalks diced
  • 1 ½ cups dry red wine
  • 3 cups tomato puree (passata)
  • 4 tbsp tomato paste
  • 3 bay leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • cup milk room temperature (this is per 4 servings, adjust as necessary if not freezing any portions)
  • water ⅓ cup as needed
  • 17 oz pasta I used pappardelle
  • Parmesan cheese grated, for serving


  • Dice up the smoked brisket into ½ inch pieces.
  • In a dry pan, fry the brisket in batches for a few minutes allowing the fat to render out. Using a slotted spoon remove the meat to the slow cooker leaving the brisket fat in the pan.
  • Add the diced onions, carrots and celery to the same pan with the brisket fat and cook until the onion is soft and translucent, 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Add the red wine and cook for a few minutes. Then add the vegetables to the slow cooker with the brisket.
  • Add the tomato puree (passata), tomato paste and bay leaves to the slow cooker and season.
  • Stir and check the seasoning.
  • Put the lid on the slow cooker, turn to low and leave for at least four hours.
  • After four hours, remove the bay leaves. **
  • Add ⅓ cup of room temperature milk to the Bolognese and stir thoroughly.
  • Cook your pasta as per instructions on the packet. Drain.
  • Plate up the pasta in individual serving bowls and top with Bolognese sauce and some freshly grated Parmesan cheese.



** If you want to freeze some of the Bolognese, now is the time to remove it from the slow cooker. Let it cool down completely and portion as required e.g. 4oz serve per person. Pack into zip lock bags and lie flat in freezer for easier defrosting


Calories: 528kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 221mg | Potassium: 1215mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 5747IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 5mg