How To Make a Delicious Venison Tagliatelle Ragu

May 21, 2022 Lazarin Kroni

How To Make a Delicious Venison Tagliatelle Ragu

Venison tagliatella recipe

This is a venison tagliatelle recipe that I learned from experience in the kitchen working in Italy. It’s a perfect dish for the winter and it takes only 30 minutes to prepare.

Venison is a lean, healthy red meat that has a rich, deep flavor. The venison in this recipe is combined with thyme and bay leaves, and cardamom with star anise to create a hearty, rustic sauce for pasta.

Let’s get prepping.

Tagliatella Venison

A delicious venison ragout with tagliatelle

Tagliatelle venison ragout
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 5 hrs
Course First Course, Pasta
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 people


  • 1 Cast iron pot


  • 500 g of venison preferably diced
  • 400 g fresh tagliatelle pasta
  • 1/2 onions
  • 1/2 carrots
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree or passata sauce
  • 1 bunch of aromatic herbs and cardamom with star anise in kitchen gauze
  • 2 l Game broth or meat broth
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste.


  • Cut the venison into cubes and marinate in red wine for 3-4 hours also the night before with fresh thyme, bay leaf, and juniper berries.
  • Diced carrots, celery, and onion.
  • In the cast iron pot, add the extra virgin olive oil and garlic with the vegetables (carrots, celery, and onion).
  • When the vegetables begin to soften, drain the venison from the marinated wine and add it to the pan. Cook for 10 minutes.
  • Raise the heat and add the red wine and let the alcohol evaporate.
  • Add a bunch of aromatic herbs and cardamom with star anise to the kitchen gauze.
  • Add the tomato puree or peeled tomatoes (best quality recommended)
  • Add game broth or meat broth
  • Stir occasionally, and keep covered over very low heat for about 4/5 hours. Add water if necessary.
  • Boil a pot of salted water for the pasta and bring it to a boil.
  • Cook the pasta for 2 minutes if the pasta is fresh or according to the instructions on the package. Drain the pasta and use the same pot and add a little venison ragout.
  • If the sauce seems dry, add some game broth.


Venison marinade is not included in the preparation of the recipe. I advise you to do it the day before.
Keyword Tagliatelle venison ragout, Tagliatelle venison ragout recipe

Like any great Italian lunch or dinner, I recommend a nice cheese like Parmigiano Reggiano or Grana Padano. If you prefer you can also use pecorino. What can I say, Buon Appetito!

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