Venison Bolognese With Penne

As with any Bolognese, this gently simmered braise of carrots, onion, celery, mushrooms, and meat melds into a ridiculously rich, creamy sauce that’s nothing short of sigh-inducing bliss when piled atop pasta or polenta. This rendition teases lean venison into tender submission. Set aside a Sunday afternoon, gather your friends, and settle in for a feast. Or keep it all for yourself and enjoy the leftovers all week. No judgement here

Venison Bolognese With Penne

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This venison Bolognese is very different from the real classic in just one way: the choice of meat. Ground venison, not beef, is gently cooked for hours to make it a delicious and tender feast for your guests. Pasta was never so happy. Serve this delicious meal with a full bodied Chianti Classico for the full Italian experience.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 35 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4
Calories 648 kcal



  • In a large heavy pot or Dutch oven set over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Add the onion, celery, and carrots and cook gently without browning, stirring often and reducing heat if necessary, until softened, 5 to 10 minutes. Sprinkle a little salt over the vegetables as they cook.
  • When the vegetables have softened, stir in the chopped mushrooms and tomato paste and cook, stirring often, until the tomato paste begins to darken, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the ground mea and the beef stock. Bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium-low and allow the mixture to ever so gently simmer, uncovered and stirring every great once in a while, until the liquid has mostly evaporated, 1 to 2 hours, depending on just how briskly your Bolognese is simmering.
  • Pour in the wine and continue to cook, uncovered and stirring occasionally, until the wine has mostly evaporated, 45 to 60 minutes. Add the milk, nutmeg, and black pepper and stir well. Bring back to a simmer and add salt to taste. Simmer gently until thickened, about 30 minutes more.
  • When you add the milk to the sauce, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add enough salt to make it taste like the sea. Once the sauce has thickened, add the pasta to the boiling water and cook until it is al dente.
  • To serve, place the pasta in a large bowl and add a healthy ladle overflowing with sauce and gently toss to combine. Portion out the pasta and then top each with another ladle’s worth (or more) of Bolognese sauce. Grate the cheese over the top and serve.


Calories: 648kcalCarbohydrates: 65gProtein: 51gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 140mgSodium: 682mgPotassium: 1048mgFiber: 4gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 3466IUCalcium: 387mgIron: 6mg
Keyword Game, Pasta, Penne, Venison, Winter
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1 comment

Bambi 28 September 2022 - 11:59

5 stars


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