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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

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


  • 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.


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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