Venison Pasta Sauce

It's definitely the time of year for game and I felt like making something with venison. I also felt like eating pasta and so this is the result. A simple enough recipe that doesn't need a lot of effort, but it takes a while to make, especially since you need to put the venison into the marinade the day before.

Venison Pasta Sauce
    150 ml red wine
    50 ml gin
    30 ml blackberry vinegar

300 g venison – the sort sold for casseroles – cut into cubes of roughly 2.5 cm
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 carrot, finely chopped
70 g small pancetta or bacon chunks
3 tbsp tomato purée
A generous pinch of sugar
2 sprigs of rosemary, tied up in muslin
A squeeze of lemon

Mix together the marinade ingredients and pour over the venison. Cover and leave in the fridge for 24 hours.

When the time's up, drain the venison, reserving the marinade. Pat the venison dry with paper towel. Gently fry the onion and carrot in a little oil for 10 minutes without colouring. Add the pancetta to the pan and continue frying for a few minutes until the fat begins to run. Increase the heat, add the venison and fry for 5 minutes. Pour in the reserved marinade, bring to the boil and let it bubble for a minute or two. Stir in the tomato purée, season with salt and pepper and add the pinch of sugar. Bury the rosemary package among the venison, cover the pan and simmer very gently for 1½ hours, stirring regularly. If the sauce seems to be drying up, then add a little water.

Once the meat is very tender, remove it from the sauce and chop it very finely. Discard the rosemary and return the venison to the sauce, which should be nice and thick by now. Make sure the meat is heated through, adjust the seasoning and add a squeeze of lemon.

Serve with tagliatelle or some pasta of that sort.


  1. oooh, looks good... never cooked with Venison before but this looks so tasty and not too scary... will give it a try!

  2. That looks lovely. I'm planning a menu for a dinner on Sat and had already thought of venison cannelloni so this ragu may do well as the filling.


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