Venison and mozzarella pasta bake

    1 hour 23 min

    This is a simple, hearty and delicious pasta dish. A venison ragu is layered with penne pasta and mozzarella, then baked to perfection. Serve as is or with a side salad.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 450g penne pasta
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 450g minced venison
    • 425g tomato based pasta sauce
    • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
    • 1/8 teaspoon garlic granules
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
    • 340g grated mozzarella cheese

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:1hr3min  ›  Ready in:1hr23min 

    1. Preheat oven to 190 C / Gas 5. Lightly grease a 23x33cm or similar sized baking dish.
    2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to the boil. Add the penne and cook until al dente, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and set aside.
    3. Meanwhile, place the olive oil into a frying pan set over medium-high heat. Stir in the onion and cook until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the venison and cook until crumbled and no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Drain, if necessary. Stir in the pasta sauce, basil and garlic granules. Season to taste with salt and pepper and turn off the heat.
    4. Assemble the pasta bake by spooning a layer of the venison sauce over the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the sauce with Parmesan cheese and layer with cooked penne. Top with the sauce, layer with penne and half of the mozzarella. Repeat the layers to use the remaining ingredients, ending with a layer of mozzarella cheese. Cover the dish with foil.
    5. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake until the cheese topping is light gold, about 10 minutes more.

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    I've made this recipe at least 6 times since I found it on-line. I used Venison the first time but now use ground combo Beef/Pork . Wonderful.  -  17 Jan 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I've never liked the taste of vinsion and usually refuse to eat it, but this recipe was to die for! I made a few minor changes: instead of using tomato suace, i used a jar of Ragu traditional spaghetti sauce. I didn't have basil on hand, so i used 1/4 tsp. of oregano instead. I also used 1/4 lb of ground beef mixed in with the venison meat to cut the gamey taste. It was awesome! It went so fast too. Serve with garlic bread and it's a meal fit for a king!  -  12 Oct 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    It was OK. Next time, if I make it again, I'll just mix up the noodles and meat mixture and top it with the cheeses. I don't understand the layering and it just didn't work for me. The flavor is OK. Tastes kind of Italian, which I'm not crazy about.  -  11 Jul 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)