Polenta with Sausage Ragu

When I told my husband I wanted to start a blog that included recipes, this was the first recipe he suggested I should post.  It is one of our family’s favorites and has become my “back-up” meal.  I try to always have the ingredients on hand, which isn’t hard since many of them are staples you always have in the pantry anyway.

This is a great weeknight dinner, as it is ready in thirty minutes or less.  It only takes two pots, so easy cleanup.  If you haven’t tried polenta before, this is a great recipe to start with, as you mostly taste the sauce.  This sauce is a great homemade sauce to use over pasta, too.

Polenta with Sausage Ragu (Serves 4)


1 tablespoon olive oil
6 ounces chicken sausage (about 2 links)
1 cup diced carrots
1 cup diced onions
3 cloves garlic
2 cans (14.5 ounces) no-salt added diced tomatoes, undrained
1 teaspoon dried basil leaves or Italian seasoning
2 1/4 cups water
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup cornmeal
1 teaspoon dried basil (optional)
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

1. In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add sausage, and sauté until edges are beginning to brown. Add carrots, cook about 3 minutes, or until sausage browned. Add onion; sauté for about 5 minutes, or until tender.

2. Add garlic; saute 30 seconds. Add tomatoes and seasoning. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes.

3. While sauce is simmering, combine water, chicken broth, cornmeal, and basil (optional) in a saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cook until thickened and pulling away from sides of the pan, stirring with whisk or wooden spoon. Remove from heat, and stir in 1/3 cup of parmesan cheese.

4. Serve sauce over polenta, sprinkling with remaining parmesan cheese.

Nutritional Information (Amount per Serving):

Calories: 332
Protein: 15 g
Fat: 11 g
Saturated Fat: 4 g
Cholesterol: 33 mg
Carbohydrates: 42 g
Fiber: 3 g
Sodium: 700 mg

Recipe Notes: You can use whatever chicken sausage that you like. I usually try to find one with a basil or sun-dried tomato flavor. I like carrots in my sauce. I think they add a little sweetness, plus it is a bonus of extra vegetables. If you want to hide them even more, you could grate them, but then add them with the onions. I have tried the more “traditional” method of adding the cornmeal to boiling water for the polenta, but I think the way it’s written in this recipe is much simpler and less likely to yield lumps. If you want to use all water for the polenta, it works. I just think the broth adds a little flavor. We always sprinkle parmesan on top, so I cut down the cheese I mixed in. You could just mix it all in if that is easier for you.

Source:  adapted from Cooking Light and Epicurious.com

5 thoughts on “Polenta with Sausage Ragu”

  1. This looks so yummy, and I love that you have the nutrition info for each recipe. Thanks so much for sharing, Kim!

  2. Kim, I made this last night, but I substituted eggplant for the sausage. It was delicious! I ended up adding salt to the ragu and the polenta, and I piled on the parmesan at the end (maybe that’s why it was so good?). Thanks for the recipe!

    PS–Confession, I normally hate polenta, so this was a gamble for me. I went for it and really liked it!

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