Bison Baked Pasta

How I Met Your Mother is on! I better hurry :)

Nick and I are both feeling a bit better tonight, and I’m happy for that. My headache is pretty much gone and my throat is feeling better – I think Nick is feeling better, too.

This afternoon was filled with short walks for Maggie, naps for us, and getting dinner ready before our chiropractor appointment.


Introducing, Bison Baked Pasta!


This was not on my meal plan AT ALL for this week. I actually had a butternut squash pasta on the menu, but this was SO much easier!


I took my mom’s regular pasta sauce recipe and added just a few things:

  • 1 lb. ground Virginia(!) bison
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • Italian seasoning
  • Parsley
  • Basil
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Crushed red pepper
  • Salt, pepper


I made the sauce while some whole wheat penne cooked, then mixed the sauce and pasta together and put it in a baking dish. I topped the pasta with about 1 cup of cheese and baked it at 425 for 20 –25 minutes until the cheese was bubbly and brown.


My mom’s sauce is always better than mine…I don’t know what it is! It’s just always better at their house :)

Maggie just curled up in Nick’s lap, and we’re both about to have a slice of that sourdough cake –


I’m pretty proud of my first-ever sourdough cake :) I think the next one will be even better!

We’re both going to work tomorrow, so we’ve got to get some rest tonight.



What’s your favorite show on TV right now?


  1. I have 3! How I Met Your Mother, Glee and 24!

  2. Glad to hear you are feeling better!

  3. i don’t think i’ve ever had sourdough cake. i typically just use a box mix ;)

  4. Right now I’m loving Criminal Minds. We’ve been watching marathons and repeats all the time.

    Glad you are feeling better. I hope to feel better soon.

  5. I’m glad you are both feeling better! Sometimes those spur of the moment menu changes can really hit the spot especially when you’re not feeling 100%.

    That cake looks yummy. I can’t wait to see your next one :)

  6. That pasta dish looks amazing!

    Fav show on tv right now: Trauma Life in the ER

  7. just curled up to watch One Tree Hill — wish I had that pasta to go along with it!

  8. Glad you are feeling better!!

    My favorite show is I Love Lucy. Yeah, an oldie. But it rocks. As for shows that are on right now, probably Gossip Girl or The Rachael Ray show.

  9. Bison is the best! HIMYM is a repeat :-( Clearly, I’m obsessed with Days Of Our Lives. Theprocessofhealing has a good point with I Love Lucy. I do :-) And 30 Rock is becoming a surprise favorite

  10. Well since I’m watching House MD right now, I must say it’s my favorite!

    Hope you guys feel all better tomorrow!

  11. I’ve never had bison, but you sure can mix it up in things to make it look good!

    and my show right now is one tree hill since it’s back on…otherwise it would be gossip girl. guilty as charged!

  12. My favorite shows right now are Parks and Recreation and Modern Family. They are both so, so funny!

  13. Oh yum – I love bison! So glad to have a new tasty way to use it…!! That pasta looks awesome. Oh and my fave show right now is Glee!!

  14. Any chance you can share the entire pasta sauce recipe? I’m actually looking to make something with ground bison next week, and this would be perfect!

  15. That cake looks really good!

  16. HIMYM was a repeat! :-( I was really sad. I look forward to that show all day. That and Big Bang Theory. I also really love Criminal Minds and The Mentalist.

  17. Dang! I missed that show.

    I love 30 Rock!

  18. Ack! I keep forgetting to tape that show :(

  19. glad you are feeling better!
    wow, that sounds AWESOME! i love bison meat!!

  20. Glad you are feeling better!

    Probably Grey’s Anatomy or Brothers and Sisters. I also really like the show Guliana and Bill :D

  21. The baked pasta sounds amazing!! I have never had bison, but I’d love to try it sometime! And that cake? Drool!

  22. wow it’s just been rain rain rain here. lucky! i second all votes for 30 rock!

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