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Italian Inspired Venison Casserole

  • March 1, 2016 /

This Italian inspired casserole gives a new twist by substituting lower fat ground venison for ground beef and makes a tasty and hearty one-dish meal. This dish pairs well with a tossed salad and loaf of garlic bread, to round out the meal.

Depending on your personal taste, any type of spaghetti sauce works well, so if you desire a cheesier taste, use a cheese-based sauce and if you like more spices, use a sauce with a basil and garlic base. You can also substitute 6-Italian shredded cheese for mozzarella.

Whatever sauce or cheese you decide to use, this recipe is bound to have everyone leaving the table full and satisfied.


  • 1-lb. ground venison
  • 2 tbs. vegetable oil
  • 1.5 tbs. Italian seasoning
  • 3 cloves chopped garlic
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 2-9.6 oz. cans of mushrooms
  • 1-cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1-16 oz. bag of Mozzarella cheese
  • 1-1-lb. box of Ziti pasta
  • 2-24 oz. jars of spaghetti sauce
  • Nonstick cooking spray


  • Large skillet
  • Large cooking pot
  • Strainer
  • 9 x 13 casserole pan


  1. Spray a large skillet with nonstick cooking spray, add 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil and brown the venison over medium heat, cooking until done.
  2. Add chopped garlic, 1 tsp. salt, black pepper, mushrooms, Parmesan cheese and one cup of the spaghetti sauce into browned venison and mix together, continuing to cook on medium-low heat for another five minute. Remove from heat.
  3. Fill a large cooking pot half-full of water and the remaining salt and bring to a rolling boil.
  4. Add the pasta and cook for approximately 10 minutes until just done, stirring occasionally to keep from sticking. Once done, drain the pasta in strainer to remove the excess water.
  5. Spray casserole pan with nonstick cooking spray. Pour pasta into casserole pan, add browned venison mixture, remaining spaghetti sauce and mix well.
  6. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese over the top of the pasta and place in a preheated 350-degree oven and cook for approximately 30 to 45 minutes until the cheese is melted and the center is heated through.

Makes six servings

Tip: You can also mix all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl before placing into the casserole dish, if it makes mixing easier for you.