Polenta Sausage Bake

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I had a tube of polenta I wanted to use up, and I also wanted to try something new, since it seems like for the last couple of months I’ve been making mostly family favorites.  I came across a recipe that sounded really good to me, so I gave it a whirl, and it was really good, and it also was really good as leftovers.  Served with a tossed green salad and a fruit salad, this was a very satisfying and delicious meal.

Adapted from Simply Recipes.  Original recipe from Sunset Magazine.

Ingredients:

  • 5 1/2 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 TBSP Italian seasoning
  • 1 med yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium bell pepper (red, green, orange or yellow), thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. red chili flakes
  • 1 lb. Italian turkey sausage (removed from casings), sweet or spicy or Italian spiced ground turkey
  • 1 tube (16oz.) prepared polenta, 1/2-inch slices
  • 1/2 lb. (8 ounces) fresh mozzarella, 1/4-inch slices

Directions:

  1. Heat 3 Tbsp of oil in a 2-3 qt saucepan on medium heat. Add tomatoes and Italian seasoning, simmer, uncovered for 30 minutes, or until thick.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 Tbsp oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion, bell pepper, garlic, salt, pepper, and chili flakes. Cover the pan, lower the heat to medium, and cook until the vegetables have softened, about 5 minutes. Add the sausage, stirring and breaking it into small pieces as it cooks, about 5 minutes. Cover the pan and cook until vegetables are tender and the sausage is cooked through, about 5-8 more minutes. Add the tomato sauce and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. While veggies and sausage are cooking, preheat broiler, and coat the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking pan with a 1 Tbsp oil. Add the polenta slices to the pan. Coat the top of the polenta with the remaining 1/2 Tbsp oil. Broil the polenta about 4 inches from the heating element until golden brown and crispy, about 10-15 minutes.
  4. Pour sauce over broiled polenta, then arrange Mozzarella slices over the top and return the casserole to the broiler. Broil until the cheese is melted and beginning to brown, about 2 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes before serving.

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