This is a combo I have been aching to try. I love pasta with bison and any kind of ground meat. I also love combining savory flavors with sweet fruity ones. In this dish you have browned bison, sweet dried cranberries, green onion, smoky sweet paprika, walnuts and fresh oregano.
A perfect cool weather meal that will warm you up from the inside out…
Tomato based sauces are a favorite of mine ~ though sometimes I crave somethin’ like this.
A sizzlin’combo of some of my favorite ingredients. Nothing more, nothing less.
Use your favorite pasta: whole wheat, gluten free brown rice, spelt. If you don’t want the pasta quinoa would be great too. As would brown rice.
Take your pick.
If you have bison, then great. If not try ground beef, chicken or turkey.
The beauty of this recipe is how simple it is.
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43 thoughts on “Spaghetti Casserole with Bison, Walnuts & Cranberry”
Divine! I’d love to taste bison meat.
this looks absolutely wonderful and so comforting. i love the multitude of unique flavors in this dish, Marla!
I have had bison chili, and I couldn’t really tell the difference- maybe leaner and the texture is just slightly different! Bison is hard to find in Seattle- but now I am inspired. I think I remember that there were a lot of Bison Burgers when I was in Colorado?
Great pasta dish! Love the cranberries!
Loving the combination of flavors – bison is so delicious!! I bet this was incredible.
Amazing recipe, Marla. I LOVE cooking with Bison!
Oh, I am totally diggin’ this. A little salt, a little savory…and bison! Bison is such an underused meat, but the amount of flavor that you get for such a lean meat really makes it a fantastic option.
Oooo, I haven’t really tried bison before, but I’d have no problem making this my first dish!! Gorgeous girl!
I love to cook! Very interesting blog:) Great food:) I greet:)
mmmmmm love me some pasta bake!
You’re right–this recipe idea is really versatile. Although, I wouldn’t mess with the bison, cranberry and walnut combo part. Yum!
This sounds so good, Marla. I love the unique ingredients you chose!
Looks delicious! Do you think it would work with spaghetti squash?
Absolutely Alex….I KNOW that will be fabulous! Usually spaghetti squash is my “pasta” of choice.
Like you Marla I love these flavors and the sweet-savory combo. I find despite loving tomato based sauces I can use them like a crutch. I’ve been thinking of something like this; flavors standing on their own with a swirl of olive oil. Perfect timing and beautiful dish!
Thanks Toni ~ glad to hear you appreciate a non-saucy diversion 🙂
Now I want a big bowl of this! btw-nicely shot. 🙂
Great flavor combinations!
I love love love bison. It is so delicious. Great recipe.
Glad to heat that Carolina! Hope you get to try this recipe soon 🙂
I’ve never tried bison but these flavors sound perfect together. Beautiful photos!
Laura, bison is like a fuller flavored beef ~ but leaner and usually raised in very sustainable conditions. A GREAT choice 🙂
Love the addition of the nuts and cranberries to the pasta!!! xx
What a delicious combination! It’s better for flavor (and for the arteries) to use bison instead of beef, and I love the walnuts- great idea! I think I’ll try with quinoa or with whole wheat pasta.
I never would have thought of this combination. Sounds good. A definite save.
Mmm, making me hungry, Marla! Loving the dishes too btw.
Game + Berries is a combination that is meant to be, as you’ve demonstrated here, Marla. I’m sure the walnuts round out the dish perfectly. Gorgeous photos, too!
Oh, this pasta looks so good! I don’t have bison meat, but I do have boar sausages, which I think should work. By the way, it finally snowed here in Telluride (after a long dry spell), I think we got something like 2 feet of snow, and I was able to get some nice photos, just posted a couple of them on my blog. Will post more soon: it’s so beautiful outside!
The mix of sweet and savory in here is so much fun! Love the dried cranberry addition.
I absolutely LOVE bison burgers, but have never thought to use the lean(er) meat for spaghetti! Great idea, Marla!
Wow! I have never had bison meat but I am totally intrigued now. This dish is so pretty, Marla!
Oh Marla, this looks amazing! Gorgeous!
I love the possibilities with this one. I think it’d be hard for me to find Bison, but I want to try making this one with quinoa and lean ground beef 🙂
This looks absolutely delicious! I love new pasta recipes, it’s so easy that you get stuck in bolognese-mode.
I like the use of the cranberries in this casserole!
I love trying alternative meats like bison and elk…this looks so hearty and delicious!!
The combination is unique and great but I honestly feel like the flavor was very bland.
Margie, perhaps you need to add more seasoning next time?
Love the simplicity. Pasta is great without tomato sauce sometimes so you can taste the other flavors.
I love the combination of chewy cranberries and crunchy walnuts. And the smoked paprika…a heavenly addition! Unexpected but beautifully harmonious ingredients for an original and delicious pasta dish.
Hi Kimberly! I am so happy you understand my unexpected flavors 🙂