Friday, January 8, 2010

Polenta and Sausage Casserole

I found this casserole on one of the many food sites that I visit constantly for fresh ideas. The ingredients were simple, it took minutes to make, and the flavor was incredible. Creamy polenta is so cheap and actually really easy to make. I don't know the exact dollar amount I bet this meal cost less then $15 total and it will easily feed a family of 4 with some left overs.

Polenta and Sausage Casserole

4 cups of chicken stock or water
1 cup yellow cornmeal (polenta)
1/4 c granted Parmesan cheese
1 (28oz) can crushed tomatoes
1/2 tbs dried oregano
2 med onions, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbs olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
1 lb Italian sausage, removed from casings
8 oz bag of shredded mozzarella

How To:

Make the polenta by bringing the chicken stock or water to a boil. Once boil, reduce heat to medium and quickly whisk in the cornmeal. It should start to thicken immediately. Continue to cook the polenta for about 5 to 10 min or until it's thic and creamy. Make sure to whisk it often so it doesn't burn on the bottom. Whisk in the Parmesan cheese and season with salt and pepper. Poor into a greased 13x9 pan and set aside to cool until firm.

Preheat oven broiler on high. Meanwhile in a sauce pan combine the crushed tomatoes and oregano over medium heat. Let simmer uncovered for 15 minutes. While the sauce is cooking, in a large fry pan, heat 1 tbs of olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onions and garlic, cover the pan and let cook for about 5 minutes or until the onions have softened. Season with salt and pepper. Add in the sausage, breaking it into small pieces as it cooks. Cover again until the sausage is cooked through about 5-10 minutes. Add in the tomato sauce and simmer for 10 more minutes.

While the sauce is simmering, coat the top of the polenta with the remaining tbs of olive oil and place about 4-5 inches under broiler element. Let cook for about 10 mins or until it's golden brown and crispy.

Cover the polenta with the tomato sauce and sausage. Sprinkle the top with mozzarella cheese and place back under the broiler until the cheese is melted, bubbly and browned.

H A P P Y  C O O K I N G !!


  1. Have you any suggestion for veggie substitutes? That loks so yummy.

    Kate xx

  2. Kate:
    You can always use tofu or kidney beans if you prefer not to use the sausage.


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