Italian Summer Squash Polenta Bake

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Fresh summer vegetables paired with creamy polenta baked in an Italian sauce and topped with cheese -- delicioso! I recommend serving it with crusty garlic bread.

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Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 carrots, sliced

  • 1 large zucchini, sliced

  • 1 large yellow squash, sliced

  • 1 red onion, chopped

  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 cup spaghetti sauce

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 pinch garlic salt

  • ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 (18 ounce) package prepared polenta

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Saute carrots, zucchini, squash, onion and bell pepper in a large saucepan with a small amount of olive oil. Season with garlic salt and pepper. Saute vegetables for approximately 5 minutes and pour in spaghetti sauce. Stir, cover and simmer until vegetables are slightly tender.

  3. Slice polenta into 1/2 inch circles and season with garlic salt and pepper. Heat enough oil in a medium skillet so as to completely cover the entire bottom of the pan. Pan fry seasoned polenta in hot oil, about 3 minutes per side. Remove from oil and layer the slices in a large casserole dish. Spoon the vegetable mixture over the polenta and then sprinkle with Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.

  4. Bake casserole for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Editor's Note

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount may vary depending on cook time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

333 Calories
19g Fat
29g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 333
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 6g 32%
Cholesterol 29mg 10%
Sodium 797mg 35%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 48mg 240%
Calcium 258mg 20%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 628mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.