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Spaghetti with Buffalo and Tomato and Basil Sauce

Spaghetti with Buffalo and Tomato and Basil Sauce

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Lean ground buffalo in a spicy marinara sauce simmered with red wine brings gourmet flavors to this quick weeknight spaghetti dinner.

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  • Calories:
  • 649 kcal
  • 32%
  • Fat:
  • 7.5 g
  • 12%
  • Carbs:
  • 105.1g
  • 34%
  • Protein:
  • 39.8 g
  • 80%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 52 mg
  • 17%
  • Sodium:
  • 751 mg
  • 30%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  2. Cook ground buffalo and red pepper flakes in a large skillet over medium-high heat about 6 minutes, breaking up clumps with a wooden spoon. Reduce heat. Add wine and continue cooking 2 to 3 minutes. Add Tomato & Basil Sauce and simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Cook spaghetti according to package directions.
  4. Drain pasta and immediately add hot spaghetti to sauce. Reduce heat. Mix well. Add Parmigiano cheese and basil; toss lightly.
  5. Transfer to a serving platter or bowl.
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Soup Loving Nicole

Great recipe for those nights you are pressed for time. I didn't know of anywhere I could purchase buffalo meat in my area so I took advantage of the lean venison I had in my freezer. I read the other reviews beforehand and chose to use only 8 oz. of pasta and that was perfect. I did end up using extra herbs that I had on hand and adding mushrooms but the true highlight of the dish was the red wine that added so much depth to the jarred sauce. Try adding the wine the next time you make spaghetti and I dare say you won't have it any other way from then on out. Thanks for the great recipe Barilla!


I used hamburger because I couldn't easily find buffalo today, but I do know how delicious ground buffalo is! I wanted to keep adding things to this recipe---more flavoring. I used onions and a little red bell pepper, and the pasta I used (delicious, by the way) was the gluten-free spaghetti. Talk about an easy way to make dinner! Thanks so much, Barilla!

Holiday Baker

I thought this was tasty, but I honestly had to tweak it some to taste. It is essentially the basics for a quick weeknight spaghetti. I went to 4 stores and could not find buffalo. I opted for a grass fed beef, assuming it would be the closest. I used Jones Creek brand it may have been the freshest ground beef I have ever tasted. I did have to drain it some, though, not normally having to do that with just regular lean beef I usually use. I heated about a pinch of pepper flakes in approximately 2 tsp of oil and added a large chopped garlic clove, browned the meat, then added the rest. I used marinara sauce, my personal preference, and added a pinch of basil, garlic powder, a little salt, and some fresh parsley. For the wine I used cabernet sauvignon. I found that I could only utilize about half the noodles suggested. I would try that much and see how it works. I had additionally added 1/3 cup of water to the sauce too. Remember it will soak up more of the liquid as it cools also. I tasted it and felt like it needed something else besides ground beef and tomatoes. I ended up adding some drained, chopped, and well rinsed garlic marinated mushrooms. That addition worked perfect for me. Made as above, I got about 4 large servings. It was fine for 2 of us. ty