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Venison Spaghetti Recipe

Updated on June 26, 2015
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Venison spaghetti
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Easy To Make Venison Spaghetti Recipe

I grew up in a family of hunters, so we ate a lot of wild game. Venison, dove and quail were among my favorites. Yes, I ate Bambi, and I still do! There's nothing like the taste of fresh deer meat!

My father used to process the deer, but we now take it to a wild game processor. While I love the backstrap and steaks, it's easiest to cook with the ground meat. Venison spaghetti is one of my favorite recipes. It's easy to make, and quite tasty!

Following is the recipe for my Venison Spaghetti. Feel free to experiment with the ingredients, until the taste becomes your own!

  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 20 min
  • Ready in: 35 min
  • Yields: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground venison
  • 1 cup fresh onion - chopped
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic - chopped
  • 1 16 ounce can of tomato sauce
  • Italian seasonings
  • Spaghetti or angel hair pasta

Instructions

  1. Brown ground venison in a frying pan.
  2. Add chopped onion and garlic to the meat in the frying pan. Cook until vegetables are tender.
  3. To meat mixture, add tomato sauce and Italian seasonings to taste. Stir, and let simmer over low heat for 20 minutes.
  4. While meat mixture is simmering, bring 6 cups of water to a boil.
  5. Add enough pasta to boiling water for 4 servings. Boil until tender.
  6. When pasta is ready, drain, and place on a serving plate or bowl.
  7. Top with meat mixture, and serve with grated parmesan or mozzarella cheese, if desired.
  8. Enjoy!

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Cast Iron Skillets

Your venison meat sauce can be cooked in any type of frying pan. However, a cast iron skillet works best, because it has an even temperature, and will cook your deer meat uniformly.

I have several cast iron skillets, and use them on the stove top, in the oven, and even on the grill!

Lodge Cast Iron Skillet, 12-inch
Lodge Cast Iron Skillet, 12-inch

Lodge Logic makes excellent cast iron skillets, and this one is a perfect example of the high quality they provide. These cast iron skillets come pre-seasoned, so you won't have to spend time oiling and heating your frying pan before use. It has an extra handle on the side, making it easier to hold when draining grease or serving from the pan.

 

Step-By-Step Recipe Guide

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Start with one pound ground venisonBrown meat in a frying panAdd freshly chopped onions and garlicCook over low heat until vegetables are tenderAdd tomato sauce and Italian seasonings, then simmer over low heat for 20 minutesWhile meat mixture is simmering, bring 6 cups of water to a boil.  Add spaghetti or angel hair pasta to boiling water.Pour meat mixture over pasta, then serve!
Start with one pound ground venison
Start with one pound ground venison
Brown meat in a frying pan
Brown meat in a frying pan
Add freshly chopped onions and garlic
Add freshly chopped onions and garlic
Cook over low heat until vegetables are tender
Cook over low heat until vegetables are tender
Add tomato sauce and Italian seasonings, then simmer over low heat for 20 minutes
Add tomato sauce and Italian seasonings, then simmer over low heat for 20 minutes
While meat mixture is simmering, bring 6 cups of water to a boil.  Add spaghetti or angel hair pasta to boiling water.
While meat mixture is simmering, bring 6 cups of water to a boil. Add spaghetti or angel hair pasta to boiling water.
Pour meat mixture over pasta, then serve!
Pour meat mixture over pasta, then serve!

Venison Recipe Books

If the recipes above have "whetted your whistle", you'll want to venture out and try even more deer meat recipes. The following cookbooks are a great addition to your cookbook collection:

Venison Wisdom Cookbook: 200 Delicious and Easy-to-Make Recipes
Venison Wisdom Cookbook: 200 Delicious and Easy-to-Make Recipes

This cookbook offers some of the best venison recipes I've ever come across! They are quite a bit fancier than my version of spaghetti, and use common ingredients you have in your kitchen. A must have for anyone who enjoys cooking with venison!

 
The Complete Venison Cookbook
The Complete Venison Cookbook

This is a great cookbook for hunters who shoot their own deer. It tells about processing your meat, how to cook both on the campfire and home stove, and using common, every day ingredients. From basic dishes to lavish meals, this cookbook is a great addition to your wild game cookbook collection.

 

© 2012 Country Sunshine

Do you like wild game? Which cut of deer meat do you like the best? Does this recipe appeal to you?

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      Country Sunshine 2 years ago from Texas

      I imagine that ground turkey would work wel, as it is lean like venison. If you try it, let me know how it turns out!

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 2 years ago from Planet Earth

      I may try this one with something other than venison - I don't eat red meats, but I do eat ground turkey. I love new ideas for recipes, and I always learn from them!

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      I love pasta, but I wonder how venison meat sauce tastes. It's intriguing.

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      soaringsis 5 years ago

      I haven't tried venison yet. The dish looks good.

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      Michelle 5 years ago from Central Ohio, USA

      My whole family hunts but a lot of them don't like the gamey flavor of venison. Getting most of our meat ground and beginning most recipes with garlic and onions solves the flavor problem. A lot of people don't realize that when my mother-in-law makes meat sauce, chili or sloppy joes that it's venison and not beef. It's less fatty but with the game taste gone, it's otherwise like beef.

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      I like venison, have had venison sausages, very nice. Thanks for sharing.

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      MermaidDoc 5 years ago

      Well, I don't eat mammal meat but we have so many deer at our house you could come and collect a few of them and we wouldn't even notice !! my partner loves venison burgers and steaks and I hadn't thought about spaghetti, but it's a great idea - I'll cook it for him, I just won't eat it myself :)

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      Rosetta Slone 5 years ago from Under a coconut tree

      I've had venison several times the local way: slow-cooked in red wine over a wood fire with lots of fresh thyme. It's amazing. We're also big fans of quail. I like how straightforward your recipe is.

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      I have a little suggestion. You can try to fry the garlic and onion first the follow by the meat. You will get a nicer smell.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      It has been years since I've had venison. I remember it being very tasty! Great recipe and article. Thank you for sharing and for doing a great job. Blessings! :)

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      Tara Wojtaszek 5 years ago

      I've only tried venison once before (a venison burger) but I bet it's fantastic in spaghetti.

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      Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

      Venison is a wonderful meat. My husband cooks it in many ways, but I'll ask him to try the spaghetti. That sounds great.

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      kab 5 years ago from Upstate, NY

      I don't think I've ever had venison.