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Recipe: Crock Pot Bison Bolognese

Updated: Jan 9

A twist on bison meals that will tickle your taste buds. Bison Bolognese is a pleasant surprise. This mouth-watering meat sauce is slow-cooked in the crock pot for a very flavorful meal - served over your favorite pasta, it’s the ultimate bowl of comfort food!


Crockpot Bison Bolognese
Credit: Chef John Politte

For an exceptional visual experience utilizing this recipe, check out Chef John Pollite's "It's Only Food" youtube video on this recipe at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lb5GjSS_GoM.


Ingredients for Crock Pot Bison Bolognese

  • 1 lb. ground bison

  • 2 tsp olive oil, divided

  • 1 medium onion, chopped very finely

  • 1 medium carrot, chopped very finely

  • 2 celery stalks, chopped very finely

  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 2 tbsp tomato paste

  • 1 cup red wine such a Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot

  • 1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes

  • 2 beef bullion cubes, crushed

  • 2 tsp sugar (optional)

  • 2 bay leaves

  • salt, to taste

  • red pepper flakes (optional)

  • 1/2 cup whole milk or half and half (optional)

  • 1 lb. your favorite pasta


Instructions

  • In a large skillet, heat 1 tsp olive oil. When oil is hot, add ground bison. Brown meat 3-4 minutes, breaking it up with a wooden spoon. Pro Tip: When meat is about halfway browned, use a potato masher to get the meat nice and finely "chopped." It works so well!

  • When meat is browned, add it to the crock pot. To the same pan, add remaining 1 tsp olive oil. Add onion, carrot, celery and garlic and cook 3-4 minutes until veggies begin to get slightly soft. Then, add tomato paste and cook another 1-2 minutes.

  • Add wine to the pan and scrape off any brown bits from the bottom. Bring mixture to a boil and cook 1-2 minutes.

  • Transfer everything in the skillet to your crock pot with the meat. Add crushed tomatoes, beef bullion, bay leaf and sugar to the crock pot. Give everything a big stir.

  • Cook on low for 6-7 hours or on high 3-4 hours. Then, stir in milk/half and half, if using. Stir well and season with salt, if needed.

  • Serve over your favorite pasta.


Nutrition


Calories: 461kcal | Carbohydrates: 27.5g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 944mg | Potassium: 654mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 17g | Calcium: 145mg | Iron: 7mg


You can purchase our delicious ground bison which is in the following Bison Bundles:

Ground Bison Pack - contains 10 lbs. of our premium Ground Bison (94 - 96% lean)

Classic Sampler Pack - contains 4 lbs of Ground and our widest variety of cuts

Mini Protein Pack - contains 1 lb of ground and is the best way to sample our best cuts


Or... stop by our store at 51515 Huntington Rd. #3 La Pine, Oregon 97739 - Next to the DMV!



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