Polenta Rounds with Sausage Ragout

Two years ago, if you’d told me that one day I would eat a meal with tomatoes, Italian sausage, and brussels sprouts and love it, I’d say you were cray-cray. But it happened. This easy recipe with minimal ingredients was such a nice departure from the usual dinners.

Polenta Rounds with Sausage Ragout

Recipe from Taste of Home.

The first step in the recipe was to brown and drain one pound of “bulk Italian sausage.” I’m not quite certain what that is, but I used Hot Italian Turkey Sausage, an ingredient I discovered that LOVE this past winter when I made Leek, Potato, & Spinach Soup and Skillet Lasagna with it.

After browning and draining the turkey sausage, I added in one minced clove of garlic, two drained cans of diced tomatoes with Italian seasoning, and let the mixture simmer for a few minutes.

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Meanwhile, I minced some fresh basil and sliced a tube of polenta into rounds. I have always wanted to try cooking with a tube of prepared polenta – it just looks fun! Doesn’t it?? And it was. I am so easily amused. By polenta.

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I placed my polenta rounds in a screamin’ hot skillet coated in EVOO. Me oh my – this ish was HOT. Spattering all over the place. Careful kids!! Each side was sauteed for a maybe 2-3 minutes, until it turned bright yellow and firmed up a bit. If you’re not familiar with polenta, it is made from cornmeal and has a yummy smooth yet coarse texture and mildly sweet flavor.

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After I mixed the basil into the sausage and tomato mixture, I served the “ragout” over the polenta rounds, with oven-roasted brussels sprouts on the side. MMM this polenta dish was amazing!!! I love how simple it was – with so few ingredients. The contrasting hot and spicy sausage with the sweet polenta was an incredible combination. Lots of flavors and textures going on. The huz was raving about this one. A winner! The recipe is from Taste of Home.

Polenta Rounds with Sausage Ragout Rating: 9/10

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