Polenta Rounds with Sausage Ragout

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 25 min.


4 servings

Updated: Oct. 24, 2022
“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
Polenta Rounds with Sausage Ragout Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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


  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.

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.