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Polenta Rounds with Sausage Ragout

“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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition 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.

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  • PrplMonky5
    Mar 30, 2019

    Super easy and very delicious! I used Johnsonville Italian sausage links that were pre-cooked, so I started by following the instructions on the best way to heat them up. I then diced up the sausage and proceeded with the recipe. Despite this working out ok, I highly recommend doing bulk sausage because I feel like you'd get more sausage with each bite. We tried it with herbed polenta and I think that added a little something. I didn't have fresh basil handy so used dried and just estimated on how much we wanted. Super easy

  • mmwilson4
    May 9, 2012

    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
    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
    Oct 9, 2011

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

  • lleeds
    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
    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
    Jun 19, 2011

    Very simple and quick. Definite keeper.

  • DaleSwingle
    Jun 18, 2011

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

  • mehalv
    Jun 17, 2011

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