Buffalo Bolognese where the buffalo roam

by Lauren

That’s right folks, Yellowstone is where the buffalo roam! Which means, their meat is fresh for the taking.

All you have to do is hunt this guy down…

and make this out of him!

Alright, alright.

So maybe I didn’t have the guts hunt him down per say, but I did find some of his lean meat in the store and make a delectable Buffalo Bolognese out of it.

With my newly purchased ground buffalo, I happened to have all the necessities for a quicker version of a bolognese.

You know, campin’ style.

Of course we had some wine with us to add to the sauce.

Carrots, celery, onion and garlic? Helloooo, what kind of cook doesn’t carry aromatics in the cooler for 6 weeks of a road trip?

Oh, you don’t do that? Hm…well apparently I do.

If I can do this meal while camping, you can surely do it in your home kitchen.

Chop, chop, chop and sauté.

With the addition of a little fresh thyme from the St. Lawrence Market in Toronto, you can’t go wrong.

Add the ground buffalo!

Here is where the tomato paste and crushed tomatoes would traditionally be added but all I had was a basic tomato basil marinara, so that’s what we used!

Then the wine…Mmmm

I also tossed in chopped tomato because I like them and felt I needed to counteract the jar of pasta sauce with something a little fresher.

Simmer, simmer, simmer, then boil your spaghetti and dish it up!

I will say that authentic Bolognese takes a couple of hours to simmer but with grizzly bears looming in the woods of Yellowstone, I wasn’t about to let my Bolognese sit outside simmering for two hours!


Buffalo Bolognese

Makes 4 servings


1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 white onion, chopped

1/2 cup carrots, diced

1/2 cup celery,diced

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/2 pound ground buffalo

3/4 cup red wine

1 cup tomato basil marinara (fee free to add more if the sauce simmers down and seems too dry)

1 fresh tomato, diced

1/2 cup dry red wine

1/2 pound spaghetti

1/2 cup parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish


Heat olive oil in a large pan. Add the onions, carrots and celery and sauté until soft, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic, salt, pepper, thyme, and continue to sauté for about a minute. Add the buffalo meat and cook while breaking it into large chunks until it is no longer pink, 4-5 minutes. Stir in the tomato sauce and simmer for about 5 minutes. Add the wine, stir it in and then let simmer for about 5 more minutes or until about half the liquid is evaporated.

If it seems too dry at this point, add a little extra sauce and/or wine to pan then add the tomatoes and allow it to simmer for about 15 more minutes. Adjust the seasoning, to taste and keep warm.

Little Yellow Note: Traditional Bolognese also calls for a splash of cream but I left this out. Feel free to stir some in right after you remove it from the heat at the end if you would like it to be creamier!

Cook pasta according to package directions. Serve pasta topped with the Bolognese and parmesan cheese.

From the Little Yellow Kitchen I-80 (back in CA headed to San Francisco!),


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7 Comments to “Buffalo Bolognese where the buffalo roam”

  1. Beautiful!

    Bolognese is my favorite sauce for pasta, and this looks awesome. Buffalo has such great flavor. And I am totally impressed that you cooked such a dish in the great outdoors! :) Very nicely done!

  2. I’m seriously so impressed with your gourmet camping cooking. Now that’s dedication! This pasta looks so, so delicious…and grass fed meat is always much tastier!

  3. I’m taking you camping with me next time for sure!

  4. I can’t believe you made this while camping! I’ve never been camping but if I could eat like this every time, I would probably go.

  5. Amazing camp food! Beautifully done and it looks like you’re having a terrific time!

  6. Lauren

    Haha It’s not as hard as it looks when you have a camper stove :) I can’t believe you haven’t gone camping before Maris!! You have got to go sometimes, it’s so much fun.

  7. Lauren

    Haha lets do it! P.S. I get to see you in T-3 dayz 😀