Polenta with Spicy Sausage-Veggie Sauce


Refrigerated polenta with a stove top sauce. We prefer the flavored polenta and spicy Italian sausage and also use spicy Italian seasoning to give it some more kick, but you can also use the regular sausage and Italian seasoning. This will serve 4 to 6 people.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 servings


  • olive-oil cooking spray

  • 1 (16 ounce) tube prepared polenta, sliced into 1/2-inch rounds

  • 1 pound bulk hot Italian sausage

  • 1 cup sliced onion

  • 1 cup sliced red bell pepper

  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms

  • 1 cup cubed zucchini

  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning

  • 1 (16 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce

  • cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat the oven's broiler and set the oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source.

  2. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray. Arrange the polenta slices on the sheet and spray them lightly with cooking spray. Broil until lightly browned about 5 minutes; turn and broil other side for 5 minutes. Keep warm.

  3. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the sausage, breaking it up as it browns. When sausage has lost any pink color, add the onion, bell pepper, mushrooms, zucchini, and Italian seasoning. Cook until vegetables are crisp tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in the spaghetti sauce and cook until heated through and just starting to simmer.

  4. To serve, spoon the sauce on slices of polenta. Top with a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

491 Calories
25g Fat
41g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 491
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 9g 46%
Cholesterol 69mg 23%
Sodium 1635mg 71%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 38mg 191%
Calcium 138mg 11%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 867mg 18%

* 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.