Our wild game Bolognese recipe is easy, quick and beyond delicious. It’s a healthier homemade pasta sauce recipe made using pantry and fridge staples. Ingredients like tomatoes, spinach and cream cheese + herbs. Ready in 30 minutes or less, it makes the perfect dinner the whole family will love. We made ours with pronghorn sausage. Yum!

Holding blue bowl of Wild Game Bolognese topped with parmesan and basil over spaghetti noodles.

I’m always looking for a comfort food that is QUICK and Healthy-ish. I’m a sucker for pasta but the hubs often times has a hard time with red sauces. That’s when I started to play around with taking our abundance of tomatoes from the garden, creating this sauce and serving it up to him as a test run after I couldn’t quit scooping it into my bowl.

His acid reflux didn’t hate him, or me and he LOVED it! Whoop. Whoop.

P.S. I use this sauce, minus the sausage for Chicken Parmigiana–It’s another family FAV.

What ingredients do you need for you wild game Bolognese?

Wild game sausage of choice, our favorite is our antelope sausage.

Whole Wheat Linguini Pasta or Spaghetti Squash

Can of low sodium diced tomatoes, drained. OR diced cherry tomatoes sautéed in tbsp of olive oil until the blister and/or tender (my preferred, but my gardens currently frozen. Boo!)

Cream cheese or if you are watching your fat macros, you can use laughing cow cheese. I have done this with the garlic & herb, it was insanely good.

Spinach

Basil Fresh and/or dried

Red Chili Pepper Flakes– Gives it great flavor. We apply more to the adults when dished up for more HEAT.

Black Pepper

Lemon– Seals the flavors together and in my opinion when this is missing, you can tell.

Blue bowl of Wild Game Bolognese topped with parmesan and basil over spaghetti noodles on wood table.

How to Make Homemade Wild Game Bolognese:

Here’s the deal when it comes to my cooking/recipes. I like to have a base of what it is I’m making and then be able to add flavors that are in season or adapt to who is going to be eating it.

I encourage you to do the same! Smell it, taste it and add or takeout what you do/don’t like.

Making the Sauce:

  1. Cook your pasta according to the directions on the pasta package.
  2. In a large pan, brown your wild game sausage.
  3. Once your meat is cooked add in the rest of the ingredients, on low allow to simmer and cover for the spinach to wilt, for about 3-5 minutes.
  4. Once the sauce is combined and warmed through. Add your favorite pasta, spaghetti squash or vegetables and fold together.
  5. Serve – Top with fresh parmesan, basil and more red chili flakes for additional heat.

Recipe tips:

Cooking the Sausage – I like to get ours to where it is slightly crispy on the outside/caramelized -not grey! It’s called browning your meat people! I believe this allows all the flavors to come through. Especially when you will be adding it into a sauce.

When simmering your sauce – Stir occasionally to incorporate the cream cheese and sauce. Take it to another level, and get some more flavor: Add VODKA!

Combine your sauce & pasta/veggies – Fold or toss them together. This coats everything evenly. You can always grab additional sauce to top it off.

Serve – In a bowl. Does anyone want to chase pasta around a plate? No, the answer is no! Top with fresh parmesan & basil. Want more heat? Add more red chili flakes.

Let’s get to making some dinner!

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Wild Game Bolognese

Our wild game Bolognese recipe is easy, quick and beyond delicious. It's a healthier homemade pasta sauce recipe made using pantry and fridge staples. Ingredients like tomatoes, spinach and cream cheese + herbs. Ready in 30 minutes or less, it makes the perfect dinner the whole family will love. Add the flavors and heat as you like! This recipe is a great base for you to adapt to your flavors.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Wild Game, Elk, Healthy
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 lb wild game sausage of choice We used a mild pronghorn sausage. Non sweet breakfast blend.
  • 1 box Whole Wheat Linguini Pasta or Spaghetti Squash
  • 1 15 oz can of low sodium diced tomatoes, drained. OR 15 oz of diced cherry tomatoes sautéed in tbsp. of olive oil, a sprinkle of sea salt, until the blister and/or tender (my preferred, but my gardens currently frozen. Boo!)
  • 1 8oz package of cream cheese or if you are watching your fat macros, you can use laughing cow cheese.
  • 2 Cups Spinach
  • 1/2 Tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 1 tsp Basil or to taste if you prefer more
  • 1/4 tsp Red Chili Pepper Flakes or to taste if you prefer more heat. We apply more to the adults when dished up for more HEAT.
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • Juice of 1 Lemon

Instructions

  1. Cook your pasta according to the directions on the pasta package.

  2. In a large pan, brown your wild game sausage. I like to get ours to where it is slightly crispy on the outside/caramelized (not grey), I believe this allows all the flavors to come through.

  3. Once your meat is cooked add in the rest of the ingredients, on low allow to simmer and cover for the spinach to wilt, for about 3-5 minutes. Stir occasionally to incorporate the cream cheese and sauce. — Feel free to make it a vodka sauce and cook down here if you like. Adds another level of flavor.

  4. Once the sauce is combined and warmed through. Add your favorite pasta, spaghetti squash or vegetables and fold together.

  5. Serve – Top with fresh parmesan, basil and more red chili flakes for additional heat.

Photos by Emanuel Ekström on Unsplash

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