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Ole Polenta Casserole Recipe

Ole Polenta Casserole Recipe

This casserole has been a favorite of ours for several years. I like to place a dollop of sour cream on each serving.—Angela Biggin, Lyons, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour + chilling Bake: 45 min. + standing YIELD:6 servings


  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups water, divided
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 teaspoon each dried basil, oregano and dill weed
  • Dash hot pepper sauce
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • 1. For polenta, in a small bowl, whisk cornmeal, salt and 1 cup water until smooth. In a large saucepan, bring remaining water to a boil. Add cornmeal mixture, stirring constantly. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 3 minutes or until thickened.
  • 2. Reduce heat to low; cover and cook for 15 minutes. Divide mixture between two greased 8-in. square baking dishes. Cover and refrigerate until firm, about 1-1/2 hours.
  • 3. In a large skillet, cook, beef, onion, green pepper and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato sauce, mushrooms, herbs and hot pepper sauce; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until thickened.
  • 4. Loosen one polenta from sides and bottom of dish; invert onto a waxed paper-lined baking sheet and set aside. Spoon half of the meat mixture over polenta still in dish. Sprinkle with half the mozzarella and half the Parmesan cheese. Top with reserved polenta and remaining meat mixture.
  • 5. Cover and bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until heated through. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 345 calories, 14g fat (7g saturated fat), 62mg cholesterol, 874mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 4g fiber), 25g protein.

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Reviewed Jul. 9, 2017

"This tasty casserole with the polenta layer in it is a keeper!!"

Reviewed Oct. 15, 2011

"Yummy! The sauce is so flavorful and good. I made it ahead and allowed more time for it to cook. Loved it!"

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