Bison Meatballs with Tomato Fennel Sauce

A simple recipe packed with flavor and nutrition!

Bison Meat Balls

Meatball Ingredients:


  1. Crumble ground meat in a bowl with 3 tablespoons olive oil, salt & pepper. Mix thoroughly.
  2. Roll into 24 meatballs and place on an oiled (using the remaining olive oil) baking sheet. Broil at 500° for about 7 minutes.

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1 – onion, halved and sliced thin
  • 1 – fennel bulb, halved and sliced thin
  • 2 – tablespoons butter
  • 2 – teaspoons crushed fennel
  • 1 – teaspoon salt
  • 1 – teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ - teaspoon chili flake
  • 24 – ounces crushed tomatoes
  • squeeze of lemon


  1. In a heavy pot over medium high heat, add butter, onions and fennel and sauté for 5 minutes before adding the dry spices.
  2. Continue to sauté until vegetables are tender. Add the crushed tomatoes and stir to incorporate. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes. Add a fresh squeeze of lemon before serving.

Other Ingredients:

  • pasta or zucchini or squash noodles
  • fennel fronds and fresh oregano
  • grated Parmesan

To Serve: Spoon sauce over pasta of choice or zucchini or squash noodles, top with hot meatballs and garnish with fennel fronds and oregano.

Photo Credit: Jill O'Brien

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