Venison Bolognese Sauce

Thursday, March 12, 2020
This is a basic Venison Bolognese Sauce much like a goulash style that is simmered slowly and poured over cooked pasta, baked potatoes, thick-sliced Italian bread, white cooked rice or mashed potatoes.

The recipe is basic for those who aren't a fan of deer meat and this recipe can be made with any other ground meats of choice which I will provide a list for below.

The sauce is hearty and perfect for feeding a large family and truly a hunter's delight.

If you are a venison meat lover, I have several recipes for you to try we love venison cabernet hamburgers, venison chili, and fried venison steak cutlets, those are all favorite just waiting for all venison lovers out there!

Just remember, my recipes are all a basic model and anything can be substituted, however, all these recipes are stamped with the seal of approval of my husband who hunts every year and a huge venison lover.

If you love goulash, this venison recipe will fool everyone the sauce is bold with flavors without a gamey taste and the kids had no idea this wasn't a hamburger.

Check out the printable recipe below and for all my deer meat lovers, this is a keeper for sure!

this is a saucepan of Venison Bolognese Sauce simmering to make a venison meat hearty sauce to go over pasta or potatoes

Deer Meat

We have always had many hunters in the family throughout the years I have been cooking and adapting new recipes to those we are already familiar with just a few more additions and tweaks.

I always develop recipes to get rid of the wild game taste.

This dish is delicious and full of flavors that really combat that gamey taste in venison meat.

As I mentioned before, for those who are not fond of this meat, use a substitution below, the recipe can be adapted so many ways.

The seasoning is still perfect with any meat you choose to use.

this is pasta with Venison Bolognese Sauce over the top of it

Substitutions and Other Suggestions:

  1. Ground turkey, chicken, hamburger, lamb, pork all can be substituted for venison
  2. Use any kinds of pasta you prefer
  3. Pour over mashed potatoes or baking potatoes
  4. White rice is also another option
  5. Additional vegetables celery, onions or sliced mushrooms can be added to this sauce
  6. Any kinds of beans can be added to this sauce for a chili style venison sauce

this is a pot of Venison Bolognese Sauce that has whole tomatoes, bell peppers and venison ground hamburger in tomato sauce simmering

Ingredients You Will Need to Make Venison Bolognese Sauce

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  • venison ground hamburger meat or any other ground meats you prefer
  • whole tomatoes ( do not drain)
  • tomato sauce with garlic and basil
  • whole cloves of garlic
  • sliced bell peppers
  • granulated garlic powder
  • sugar
  • onion powder
  • Italian seasoning
  • butter
  • olive oil
  • salt, pepper and cayenne pepper to taste
  • Other Optional Vegetables: chopped celery, sliced mushrooms, sliced onions

this is sauce with ground venison meat in it, peppers garlic and simmered

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More Recipes To Try

Venison Stew
Venison Pot Pie
Venison Cacciatore
Venison Salisbury Steak

Venison Bolognese Sauce

Venison Bolognese Sauce

Yield: 8
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 1 H & 25 Mtotal time: 1 H & 35 M
This is a slow-simmered tomato sauce with ground venison hamburger meat over pasta is a delicious meal for all hunters out there. The sauce has all the characteristics and flavors of goulash and very hearty.


  • 2 lbs venison ground  hamburger meat
  • 1 - 28 -  ounce can whole tomatoes ( do not drain)
  • 1 - 12 can of tomato sauce with garlic and basil
  • 4 cleaned whole cloves of garlic
  • 2 large cleaned and sliced bell peppers
  • 1 tablespoon granulated garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder (or use chili powder for more of a Mexican flavored sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons butter 
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt, pepper and cayenne pepper to taste
  • Optional Meats: Ground Turkey, Ground Chicken, Ground Hamburger or Ground Pork
  • Optional Vegetables: sliced onions, mushrooms or chopped celery


How to cook Venison Bolognese Sauce

  1. In a large deep saucepan or frying pan, add the oil, butter and whole garlic.
  2. Saute garlic until golden brown, remove from oil and set aside to add back in later.
  3. Add the venison with sliced peppers and saute until all the pink is gone.
  4. Make sure your pan is large enough to accommodate all the ingredients or use another pan, pouring the oil from whats been sauteed into it.
  5. Pour in all the tomatoes, seasonings, salt, pepper to taste and add the garlic cloves.
  6. Simmer the sauce for around 1 hour and 25 minutes on low heat.
  7. Boil your favorite kind of pasta in salted water, then drain.
  8. Place the pasta on a plate and pour the sauce on top.
  9. Optional Serving Suggestions: pour over white cooked rice, baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, thickly sliced Italian Bread
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this is bow tie pasta served with venison bolognese sauce poured over the top


  1. It must taste really good! My husband is going to love it :-)

  2. Venison is so much better for us and it's nice to see a recipe using it in bolognese! My neighbors hunt deer for all of their meat. they eat nothing else, so I am going to share this recipe with them! Thanks Claudia. I hope that you're doing well and staying healthy.


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