Creamy Polenta with Garden Tomato Sauce and Sausage
This polenta is soft and delicious, topped with luscious tomato sauce and plenty of sausage.
Can be easily made into a vegetarian dish by not adding the sausage.
Garden Tomato Sauce
- 2 T Olive Oil
- 1 Carrot
- 1 Celery Stalk
- 1 Onion
- 2 Garlic Cloves
- 18 Plum Tomatoes
- ½ tsp Dried Oregano
- ½ tsp Salt
- 8 Italian Chicken Sausage Links (optional)
- ¼ cup Grated Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese
- 2 cup 2% Milk
- ¾ tsp Salt
- 1½ cup Stone Ground Cornmeal
- 2 T Butter
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add carrot, celery, onion and garlic; cook, stirring, 5 minutes.
- Add tomatoes and any juice from the bowl. Mash lightly with a wooden spoon. Add oregano and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes, until tomatoes have cooked down and formed a chunky sauce. Add sausage and stir to combine. Cook 5 to 10 minutes, until sausage is heated through. Add cheese and stir well. Remove from heat and keep warm until ready to serve.
- To make polenta, combine milk and water in a large saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a simmer. Gradually add cornmeal, whisking constantly to avoid lumps. Add butter. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring almost constantly, 25 to 30 minutes, until polenta is thick. Serve topped with warm sauce and chunks of sausage.