Million Dollar Venison Pasta

Million Dollar Venison Pasta
Million Dollar Venison Pasta

Million Dollar Venson is a delicious creamy venison sauce with rotini pasta and loads of cheese. This recipe is worth a million dollars, but since I love my readers so much, I’ll share it gladly–free of charge 🙂

Million Dollar Pasta recipes have been around for many years and it’s made in so many different ways. A lot of people will buy traditional pasta sauce and add cream cheese and sour cream. Some will only add cream cheese and some only sour cream. Then you have those that like to throw in some cottage cheese, too. It’s all good!

Personally, I like to make homemade sauce. It always tastes better and it’s healthier, too. It’s really simple and once you try it you’ll never use store-bought again.

Million Dollar Venison Pasta is one of the easiest, but most delicious pasta recipes ever and can you believe it takes about 30 minutes to make? How can something so delicious take such a small amount of time?

It actually takes less than that if you cook the way I do–everything all at once. While the meats are cooking, I’m cooking the pasta and gathering and measuring ingredients for the sauce.

Million Dollar Venison Pasta

Prep Time: 5 minutesYield: 10 Squares
Cook Time: 25 minutesServing Size: 1 Square
Total Time: 30 minutesCalories Per Serving: 473

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground venison burger
  • 1/2 venison sausage
  • 2 28 oz. cans of crushed tomatoes in puree
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. basil
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 4 oz. sour cream
  • 5 cups Rotini pasta, uncooked
  • 3 1/2 cups Mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. In a large kettle heated to medium-high heat, crumble the venison burger and the venison sausage and fry until done, which should be no more than 7 minutes.
  2. Once the venison is done, drain any excess fat and add the tomatoes and spices and heat until it boils.
  3. Turn the heat to low. Add the sour cream and then cut the cream cheese into small blocks and add it to the sauce. Let it cook for at least five minutes, stirring often.
  4. Cook the pasta according to the package directions, which is usually for 8-9 minutes in boiling water. Once the pasta is done, drain it and set it aside.
  5. In a deep casserole dish (9″ x 13″), put a couple of cups of cooked Rotini pasta and sprinkle with 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese and top with the sauce. Do this two more times and then top with a final layer of two cups of cheese.
  6. Bake at 350 F for about five minutes–just long enough to melt the cheese.

Once cooled, cut evenly down the center and then make four even cuts across, giving you 10 equal squares. This goes great with a salad and some garlic bread or rolls.

This is the perfect dish to take to family get-togethers, parties, etc… It serves so many people, it’s very filling, and a real crowd-pleaser. During deer hunting season, I love making this on a Friday and having it for leftovers on Saturday. This way I can hunt all day Saturday and not have to worry about cooking dinner. 

The good, the bad, and the delicious…

  • Million Dollar Venison Pasta is low in sugar for most people, high in fiber, protein, calcium, vitamin A, vitamin C, and iron.
  • Unfortunately, for some, it might be too high in calories, total fat, sodium, and cholesterol.

See tips below for making this a more diet-friendly recipe.

Million Dollar Venison Pasta Nutrition Facts

 Yields: 10 Squares Serving: 1 Square
 Calories 473 Calories from fat 42
  % Daily Value*
 Total Fat 22 g 33%
 Saturated Fat 13 g 64%
 Monounsaturated Fat 0 g 
 Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g 
 Trans Fat 0.0 g 
 Cholesterol 100 mg 33%
 Sodium 1086 mg 45%
 Potassium 6 mg 0%
 Total Carbohydrates 41 g 14%
 Dietary Fiber 6 g 25%
 Sugars 7 g 
 Protein 26 g 53%
Vitamin A 29%Vitamin C 28%
Calcium 31%Iron 26%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA, but were calculated by MyFitnessPal, Inc. by Under Armour, Inc. 

To make this recipe more diet-friendly…

  • To help lower the cholesterol and fat you could use less fat in your ground venison burger and sausage. This recipe was calculated using 80/20 ground venison burger.
  • To lower the caloriessodiumfat, and cholesterol, use non-fat mozzarella cheese, sour cream, and cream cheese. You should also look for cholesterol free or low cholesterol sour cream and cream cheese. You could also use less of the above-mentioned dairy products–try half.
  • To help lower the sodium, omit any added salt or use a salt alternative and use low-sodium pasta.
  • Whatever changes you make to your Million Dollar Venison Pasta, you can recalculate the nutrition facts at myfitnesspal.com

Bon Appétit

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