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Ingredients

  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 cup diced onions (1 onion)
  • 1 cup diced carrots (2 carrots)
  • 2 Tbs diced garlic (5-6 cloves)
  • a pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • ½ pound ground bison
  • ½ pound ground pork
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 2 ½ tsp dried basil, divided
  • 2 ½ tsp dried oregano, divided
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 tsp salt, divided
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground black pepper, divided
  • 4 Tbs tomato paste
  • ¾ cup organic pumpkin puree
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 3 cups strained tomatoes
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 Tbs honey

Directions

  1. In a large pot, add the olive oil, diced onion and diced carrots and cook over medium heat for 8 minutes. Then, add the diced garlic and a pinch of red pepper flakes and cook for 2 minutes.
  2. Next, add the ground beef, ground bison, and ground pork to the pan and mix. Add 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp pepper, 1 tsp dried rosemary, 2 tsp dried basil, 2 tsp dried oregano, and 1 tsp dried thyme to the meat mixture and mix. Cook until the meat is browned and fragrant, about 12-15 minutes.
  3. Add 4 Tbs of tomato paste and mix it into the meat. Cook for about 4 minutes.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix the pumpkin puree with the nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, and ginger. Add the seasoned pumpkin mixture to the meat, mix and let cook for 2 minutes.
  5. Next, add the chopped tomatoes, strained tomatoes, and water to the pot. Mix and then reduce heat to a simmer. Add 1 tsp salt, ½ tsp pepper, 1 Tbs honey, ½ tsp dried oregano, and ½ tsp dried basil to the pot, mix and cook for 30 minutes uncovered.
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