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Italian Sausage with Polenta Recipe

Italian Sausage with Polenta Recipe

This turkey and broccoli mixture over polenta is quick, easy and tastes great. Nutritious and delicious, it makes a comforting meal on a weeknight. –Mary Bilyeu of Ann Arbor, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 1 package (19-1/2 ounces) Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2-1/2 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons prepared pesto
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • Shaved Parmesan cheese, optional


  • 1. In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, cook sausage and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in broccoli. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 5-7 minutes or until broccoli is tender.
  • 2. Stir in the tomatoes, pesto, pepper flakes and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
  • 3. Meanwhile, for polenta, bring broth to a boil in a small heavy saucepan. Reduce heat to a gentle boil; slowly whisk in cornmeal. Continue stirring for 10-12 minutes or until polenta is thickened and has a smooth texture. Serve with sausage mixture. Garnish with cheese if desired. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup sausage mixture with 1/2 cup polenta equals 337 calories, 12 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 52 mg cholesterol, 1,131 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 24 g protein.

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Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.