Real Bolognese (in Italian, ragù alla bolognese) is a pasta sauce all about time and patience—it can take as long as 6 hours to simmer aromatic vegetables, ground meats, wine, milk, and tomatoes into a rich amalgam. You can turn all that carefully attended stovetop production into something more manageable by pulling out the slow cooker. Patience is still a factor (your nonna wouldn’t have it any other way), but the sauce can simmer away on its own, while you go do something else. Our recipe is based on Lori Lange’s Slow Cooker Bolognese. We recommend our garlic bread recipe for dipping.