Homemade Spaghetti With Bison & Wild Boar Meatballs
In my opinion, homemade spaghetti basically requires making meatballs. Okay, yes, it’s still delicious even if you just put ground meat in the sauce. But there’s just something about meatballs that makes spaghetti so incredibly good. Whenever I make something that involves ground meat, I love experimenting with different combinations of our ground selections. Bison and wild boar is one of my all-time favorite duos, and once you try it out you’ll know why. Treat yourself and your family and make this for dinner - it’ll be one of your new favorite recipes.
Free Range Bison, Raised The Way Nature Intended
Our bison live free range on 20,000 beautiful acres here in New Mexico, or roam freely on our carefully selected partner ranches. They are pasture raised and never administered any amount of hormones, steroids or antibiotics. These are powerful, strong animals that live essentially wild with minimal handling. There were once 60 million bison roaming North America, and we hope to see their numbers increase back to even 1 million during our lifetime. By increasing the demand for ethically sourced bison meat, we can help to bolster their population. The more people that want to purchase this nourishing and nutrient dense meat, the more farmers will be encouraged to raise bison. This directly helps to increase the number of herds which assists in providing genetic diversity for the population.
Expertly Butchered By Hand, Outstanding In Flavor
People are always asking us about the best ways to eat wild boar. If you’re used to eating pork, the nutty and delicious flavor of wild boar meat will blow your mind. It’s so much more flavorful and satisfying than conventional pork. Customers tell us all the time that they find themselves unable to go back to eating conventional pork after trying out this meat.
In addition to the unbeatable flavor, wild boar meat offers a multitude of health benefits that blow pork out of the water. It’s lower in total fat and calories while offering more omega 3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. We are big believers in the advantages of eating wild meat and the nutritional profile of wild boar is a perfect example of this. Our wild boar meat is unparalleled in flavor because we work with small-scale, species specific master butchers who know how to properly process this meat.
- 3 slices of bread torn into small pieces (cut the crusts off first)
- ⅔ cup cold water
- 1 lb ground bison meat
- 1 lb ground wild boar meat
- ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 legg
- ¾ cup flour
- bison tallow or avocado oil as needed for cooking
- 28 oz spaghetti sauce, store bought or homemade
- 1 lb spaghetti noodles
- 2 bay leaves if desired
- Fresh basil leaves
- Place the pieces of crustless bread in a bowl, then pour the ⅔ cup cold water over top. Let it sit for a few minutes to absorb and get soft. Then mash with a fork and set aside.
- Place the (completely thawed) ground bison and ground wild boar in a large mixing bowl. Use a wooden spoon to break the meat up into pieces. Add in the ¼ cup of grated parmesan cheese, minced garlic, egg, sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Mix just until combined.
- Place the ¾ cup flour into a shallow bowl or baking dish and set aside.
- Form the mixture into meatballs (aim for about 1.5 inches in diameter). Coat the meatballs in flour, gently shaking off the excess. Set the flour coated meatballs aside on a plate.
- Heat bison tallow or avocado oil in a dutch oven over medium heat. Cook the meatballs in batches until they’re golden brown all over. They will cook all the way through later in the sauce. Set the browned meatballs aside.
- If desired, brown onions at this stage to add into your sauce.
- Add the tomato sauce to the dutch oven along with the bay leaves if using. Cook until boiling, then add in the meatballs. Cover halfway and cook at a simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring the meatballs occasionally.
- In the last five minutes, add in fresh basil, sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Meatballs should be cooked all the way through and tender. Remove from heat and cover to keep warm.
- Cook the spaghetti noodles according to the instructions on the package. Drain, then put the spaghetti back in the pot and pour the sauce and meatballs over the top. Toss to combine.
- To serve, garnish with grated parmesan cheese and fresh basil as desired.
Our Friendly & Knowledgeable Team Is Here To Support You
At Beck & Bulow, we pride ourselves on our excellent customer service. We’re always here to help if you have any questions regarding your meat, want help making selections, or are just looking for some cooking tips. Every time you call our office, you’ll be directly connected with one of our team members right here in Santa Fe, New Mexico where we’re based.
Every cut of meat is pressure sealed and flash frozen immediately after butchering at the peak of freshness. We work exclusively with master butchers who make every cut with care and precision. All orders are hand packed at our Santa Fe warehouse, shipped in a reusable cooler with dry ice and delivered straight to your doorstep. Check out our selections of humanely raised bison, elk, wild boar, lamb, grass fed beef, poultry and seafood.