HomeVenison RecipesVegetable Venison Minestrone

2 slices bacon, chopped
1/2 pound lean ground venison
2 carrots, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 – 14.5 ounce can stewed tomatoes
1 – 10.5 ounce can beef broth
1 – 15 ounce can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained
2 ounces spaghetti, broken into pieces

In a large saucepan, cook bacon and ground venison until well done, breaking up the venison as it cooks. Drain off the grease and add carrots, garlic, onion and celery. Season with the bay leaf, basil, rosemary and red pepper flakes. Cook for about 5 minutes or until the onions are translucent. Stir in tomatoes and beef stock.

Simmer for about 20 minutes then put in the chickpeas and broken spaghetti. Cook covered, for about 10 minutes or until spaghetti is done. Remove the bay leaf before serving.

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