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Smoked Sausage and Venison Baked Ziti

venison baked ziti
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Venison baked ziti ranks up there pretty high when it comes to gourmet wild recipes. Here's a little twist. 

The other day I was searching for some new recipes that I had never tried before when it comes to cooking venison. Most people have recipes for venison spaghetti or lasagna, but when I started looking towards making ziti, I found the options fairly limited. With that, I also wanted to make a recipe that kicked things up a notch. That's where this smoked sausage and venison baked ziti recipe really found its legs.

Smoked Sausage and Venison Baked Ziti


  • One pound ground venison
  • Whole package smoked sausage
  • One large chopped onion
  • Several cloves crushed garlic
  • Two cans of crushed tomatoes
  • One can of diced tomatoes
  • Fresh basil and oregano
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Ricotta cheese
  • Parmesan cheese

Getting this recipe started is fairly simple. First off, fry up the smoked sausage and ground venison. For this recipe, I actually used turkey sausage. Gradually mix in crushed garlic and onions until the onions run clear.

venison baked ziti

One all the meat is cooked, add in the cans of tomatoes and fresh diced oregano. Cook all of this until the sauce begins to bubble. At that point, reduce the heat and add in the basil.

venison baked ziti

From here, spoon a few tablespoons of sauce in the bottom of large baking dish. Begin the venison baked ziti by layering the cooked ziti noodles, followed by the sauce, followed by ricotta cheese, and repeat. On the last layer, top it all off with mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Now, bake it all in the oven uncovered for about 20 minutes at 350.

venison baked zitiThis recipe makes quite a bit, so you should have leftovers. We did and were all very thankful for it!



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Smoked Sausage and Venison Baked Ziti