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:

284 calories

Dietary restrictions:

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

Daily value:



  • Fat 170g 261%
  • Carbs 61g 20%
  • Saturated 60g 302%
  • Fiber 21g 83%
  • Trans 2g
  • Sugars 35g
  • Monounsaturated 65g
  • Polyunsaturated 25g
  • Protein 109g 218%
  • Cholesterol 442mg 147%
  • Sodium 5,236mg 218%
  • Calcium 1,237mg 124%
  • Magnesium 236mg 59%
  • Potassium 3,868mg 111%
  • Iron 13mg 71%
  • Zinc 15mg 101%
  • Phosphorus 1,440mg 206%
  • Vitamin A 1,128µg 125%
  • Vitamin C 147mg 245%
  • Thiamin (B1) 6mg 383%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 2mg 106%
  • Niacin (B3) 32mg 160%
  • Vitamin B6 2mg 107%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 176µg 44%
  • Vitamin B12 5µg 87%
  • Vitamin D 7µg 2%
  • Vitamin E 13mg 66%
  • Vitamin K 421µg 526%
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