Stack it Up Polenta

  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Prep: 45 mins
  • Cook: -


1 pkg instant polenta, cooked according to pkg directions
shredded parmesan cheese
1 1/2cups ricotta cheese
1tablespoon Italian seasoning
1/2teaspoon garlic powder
6ounces can California olives, chopped
1 marinara sauce (purchased) or recipe in instructions below (YUM!)
Marinara Sauce
1/2cup olive oil
2small onions, finely chopped
3cloves garlic, finely chopped
2stalks celery, finely chopped
2 carrots, finely chopped
1/2teaspoon salt
1/2teaspoon pepper
2tablespoons Italian seasoning
2tablespoons red wine
1tablespoon sugar
1 bay leaf
2cans 32oz of crushed tomatoes, pureed


  1. Make polenta as directed on package.  Add 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese. Pour into buttered 11 x 13 inch pan and refrigerate 1 hour. Cut into 16 squares. Brush both sides with olive oil and grill until crispy in preheated pan.
  2. While it is cooking, mix ricotta cheese, 1/2 c parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, olives and garlic in small bowl.
  3. Heat marinara sauce.
  4. Layer 1 piece of polenta, cheese mixture, and marinara sauce. Repeat to form another layer on top.  Enjoy!

Marinara sauce

  1. Heat oil.  Add garlic and onions and saute until translucent.  Add celery, carrots, salt and ppper.  Saute until soft.  Add tomatoes, seasonings and sugar.  Simmer covered about 1 1/2 hours.  Remove bay leaf.