Venison Ragu with Pappardelle - Daylesford

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Venison Ragu with Pappardelle



(Serves 4)

This recipe is one we have served at Daylesford for many years, full of flavour and a firm favourite on our winter menus. We produce our own venison on our organic farm in Staffordshire and our deer enjoy as wild a life as possible and are free to roam our lush organic pastures, maturing slowly and naturally as they would in the wild.

With twice as much iron as beef and lamb, ORGANIC VENISON is a nutrient-rich addition to a balanced diet and an ingredient we turn to often during the colder months.

You can also find this recipe in NURTURE by Carole Bamford.


A day or two before you want to make the ragu, place the venison in a large, flat-bottomed dish, pour over the wine, cover and leave to marinate in the fridge for at least 24 hours, and up to 48 hours, turning the meat over a couple of times during this time.

When you are ready to cook, preheat the oven to 165°C/gas 3. Drain the venison, reserving the marinade, and pat the meat dry with kitchen paper.

In a pan over a medium heat, heat a little olive oil and fry the venison in batches until browned all over, then use a slotted spoon to transfer to lidded casserole dish.

Using the same frying pan, fry the lardons until starting to crisp, then add the tomato purée, thyme sprigs and flour. Cook for 2 minutes, then slowly adding the marinade liquid a little at a time, allowing the mixture to thicken and reduce before adding a little more. Once fully combined, gradually add the stock, stirring to avoid any lumps. Bring to a simmer and then pour the mixture over the venison. Cover with a lid and cook for about 2½ hours, or until the venison is tender. Season to taste.

Cook the pappardelle in lightly salted boiling water for 8–9 minutes, or according to the packet instructions, then drain well.

While the pasta is cooking, sauté the mushrooms over a medium heat in a little oil. Add them to the venison ragu. Gently stir in the cooked pasta and chopped parsley and scatter with the grated Parmesan. Serve immediately.

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