Polenta Rounds with Sausage Ragout Recipe
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Polenta Rounds with Sausage Ragout Recipe

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“Fried polenta is fabulous with an endless variety of toppings inspired not only from Italian, but other cuisines, like Mexican (black beans and corn), French (mushroom ragout) or Creole (spicy shrimp).” —Lisa Speer, Palm Beach, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes with basil, oregano and garlic, drained
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh basil
  • 1 tube (1 pound) polenta, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 cup sauce with 3 polenta slices: 506 calories, 33g fat (9g saturated fat), 54mg cholesterol, 2062mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 3g fiber), 20g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook sausage and garlic over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in tomatoes and pepper. Cook and stir for 4-5 minutes or until heated through. Remove from the heat; stir in basil.
  2. In another skillet, cook polenta slices in oil over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Serve with sausage mixture; sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Polenta Rounds with Sausage Ragout in Simple & Delicious June/July 2011, p23

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

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

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mmwilson4 User ID: 4927023 150441
Reviewed May. 9, 2012 Edited Mar. 7, 2016

"I used mild Italian turkey sausage and added zuchini for some extra vegetables. I have also served it over couscous instead of polenta. Delicious either way!"

valanddansmith User ID: 988113 117751
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2012

"Served the easy/yummy sauce over creamy polenta instead since I couldn't find a tube of it... Basically the same taste, just in a different presentation... I loved this meal!"

ravenb User ID: 1295302 195149
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2011

"This was delicious! Used sundried tomato & garlic polenta and added a can of basil tomato sauce to the sauce."

lleeds User ID: 4188833 117750
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2011

"had a hard time finding polenta, found it in the produce section in 3 flavors-garlic/basil, original, and sundried tomato- went for the garlic basil, so simple!"

elvisfan73 User ID: 1272261 195139
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2011

"very flavorful! this came together very quickly. I added a can of tomato sauce and it was delicious!! very good over pasta also!!"

dmgiblin User ID: 2150746 179410
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2011

"Very simple and quick. Definite keeper."

DaleSwingle User ID: 6050497 196729
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2011

"easy, different and delicious. Had to make the polenta but it was easy also. Hardly any mess."

mehalv User ID: 4612167 117774
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2011

"I loved this recipe! I used hot Italian turkey sausage. A keeper! So easy."

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