Venison lasagne

    1 hour 35 min

    This is a Canadian recipe that originally called for moose meat. Considering the difficulty one would face trying to obtain moose in the UK, you can make this tasty lasagne with minced venison instead. It's a truly delicious and hearty lasagne, perfect for winter.

    15 people made this

    Serves: 6 

    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 onion, minced
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 4 mushrooms, sliced
    • 1 bunch spinach, washed and chopped
    • 450g ricotta cheese
    • 450g minced venison or moose
    • 1/2 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon dark brown soft sugar
    • 680g pasta sauce
    • 175ml water
    • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
    • 1 tablespoon dried Italian herbs
    • salt and ground black pepper to taste
    • 250g fresh lasagne sheets
    • 250g grated mozzarella cheese
    • 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

    Prep:35min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Ready in:1hr35min 

    1. Preheat an oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Lightly coat a 20x30cm baking dish with olive oil.
    2. Heat oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook onions and garlic in oil until tender and semi-transparent. Stir in mushrooms, and cook until soft. Remove from heat.
    3. In a sauce pan, combine spinach and 60ml water. Cover, and cook over medium heat until wilted. Drain. In a large bowl, mix together spinach, onion mixture and ricotta cheese.
    4. In a frying pan, brown moose meat over medium-high heat, stirring frequently. When the pink colour is almost gone, stir in the cocoa and dark brown soft sugar. This removes the gamey-ness. Once the meat is well browned, drain to remove excess grease. Stir in pasta sauce and water, and season with oregano, Italian herbs, salt and pepper.
    5. Ladle enough of the meat sauce into the baking dish to cover the bottom in a thin layer. Arrange a single layer of fresh lasagne sheets over the sauce. Spread one half of the ricotta cheese mixture over the sheets, and top with some of the passata and a sprinkle of parmesan and mozzarella cheese. Repeat with remaining ingredients, ending with a generous layer of mozzarella cheese. Cover dish with aluminium foil.
    6. Bake for 45 minutes, or until lasagne is hot and bubbly.

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    Well, I wish I still knew a moose hunter that would give me some as it's illegal to sell up here, I substituted farmed but clean bison meat, no anti-biotics or corn finishing, all grass fed. The recipe turned out great as is, even with the cocoa mole twist which I wasn't too sure about. I'm sure one can also use other game meat in here like venison and keep the nutritional profile basically the same. Thanks, I'll keep this one in my recipe box.  -  04 Jan 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I used an “Alaskan” moose. Hope that’s o.k.! Great recipe. I especially liked the addition of the spinach & mushrooms and may just incorporate that into my regular lasagna recipe. I left out the cocoa and brown sugar. It just sounded like an odd combination of flavors and I’ve never had a problem with moose tasting gamey. If I ever run into a strong game meat, I will try that little trick and see if it reduces the gaminess.  -  03 Mar 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Great recipe-very tasty. If you are having a hard time finding moose, as some have stated, use any lean burger. Moose, venison and buffalo have a wonderful flavour but plain lean beef would work too. I used cottage cheese because I had no ricotta, will make again -thanks  -  14 Mar 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)