Favorite Healthy Homemade Meat Sauce

From spaghetti to baked ziti and lasagna, this recipe is my go-to meat sauce. With lean bison and fresh tomatoes it’s also on the healthier side.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 10 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Healthy meat sauce, Homemade pasta sauce
Servings: 8


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 pound ground bison
  • 1 pound roma tomatoes about 12 whole tomatoes, roughly diced
  • 2 15- ounce cans tomato sauce
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons cane sugar
  • 1 cup water


  • Place a heavy-bottom pot or large saucepan over medium heat and add oil. Once oil is hot, add shallot and saute until softened and fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  • Add ground bison and minced garlic. Cook until bison is browned, breaking it up into crumbles, about 4-5 minutes.
  • Add remaining ingredients to pan and increase heat to medium-high. Bring to a boil.
  • Once boiling, reduce heat to a low simmer and cook for at least 1 hour, but ideally 2-3 hours, until thickened.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Use sauce immediately or store in the fridge for up to 5 days.