Polenta with Tomato Sausage Sauce


I bought a log of polenta at Trader Joe’s awhile ago. Every time I open the pantry it stares back at me wondering if I’m going to cook it. Last night was the night. I whipped up a tomato sauce and slathered it with gooey cheese – delicious! Next time I’m going to try this sauce over creamy polenta.

1 28-ounce can tomatoes, chopped roughly
1 TBSP chopped fresh oregano
1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
Red pepper flakes
1/2 lb sweet chicken sausage, casing removed
1 log prepared polenta, sliced 1/4 inch thick
8 oz fresh mozzarella, sliced into 1/4-inch slices

Preheat oven to 425.

Heat a large saucepan over medium heat, add the sliced onion and sausage and sauté, stirring often, until the meat is browned. Add the garlic, salt, pepper, and fennel seeds to the sauté pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes. Add the tomato, cover the pan, lower the heat to medium, and simmer for 20 minutes or longer.

Spray a 9×13 pan olive oil. Add polenta, spray with olive oil. Bake about 10-15 minutes until it starts to brown.

Turn on broiler

Pour sauce over polenta, then top with mozzarella slices over the top, return to the broiler. Broil until the cheese is melted and beginning to brown, about 2 minutes.

Serves 4.


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