Bison Sausage Ragù

Jane Bruce


  • 1 Pound  bison breakfast sausage
  • 1 Tablespoon  extra-virgin olive oil
  • medium onion, chopped
  • small carrot, chopped
  • 6 Tablespoons  Italian parsley, minced
  • large clove garlic, minced
  •  Pinch of  ground cloves
  • 1 Tablespoon  tomato paste
  • 1 Cup  red wine
  • One  28-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes, puréed with their juices
  • 1/2 Cup  grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, plus more for serving
  • 1 Pound  cooked pasta, for serving
  •   Salt and pepper, to taste

An easy way to impart authentic flavors into a ragù is to use bison breakfast sausage. Blended with its original seasonings, it becomes a flavorful component of an already flavorfully rich Italian pasta sauce. 


In a medium sauté pan, brown the ground bison over medium-high heat, stirring often, until cooked through, about 8 minutes. Remove the bison from the pan set aside in a bowl. Remove all but 1 tablespoon of excess drippings from pan and add the olive oil, onion, carrot, and parsley, and cook until the onions are golden brown, about 8 more minutes. Return the browned bison to pan, add the minced garlic, and cook for another 2 minutes.

Add the cloves, tomato paste, and half of the red wine. Simmer until the wine has evaporated, about 8-10 minutes. Add the remaining wine and tomatoes. Simmer the sauce on low, stirring frequently, until it has a medium-thick consistency, about 1 ½ hours. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve topped with cooked pasta and garnished with grated cheese.


Prep Time: 20 minutes, Cook Time: 2 hours


Calories per serving:

303 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb Sugar Conscious, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 188g 289%
  • Carbs 68g 23%
  • Saturated 70g 351%
  • Fiber 21g 83%
  • Trans 1g
  • Sugars 31g
  • Monounsaturated 76g
  • Polyunsaturated 22g
  • Protein 94g 188%
  • Cholesterol 388mg 129%
  • Sodium 6,011mg 250%
  • Calcium 1,255mg 126%
  • Magnesium 232mg 58%
  • Potassium 3,287mg 94%
  • Iron 12mg 64%
  • Zinc 12mg 79%
  • Phosphorus 1,385mg 198%
  • Vitamin A 1,064µg 118%
  • Vitamin C 147mg 245%
  • Thiamin (B1) 6mg 374%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 2mg 95%
  • Niacin (B3) 21mg 104%
  • Vitamin B6 2mg 105%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 176µg 44%
  • Vitamin B12 4µg 62%
  • Vitamin D 6µg 1%
  • Vitamin E 9mg 47%
  • Vitamin K 421µg 526%
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