So easy and so good! This recipe is great as-is, or can be a start for so many variations.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

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  • Place the ground beef in a skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir the meat until browned and crumbly, about 10 minutes. Drain off excess grease. Mix in the tomato sauce and pasta sauce until thoroughly combined; bring to a simmer.

  • Remove the polenta from its package, and cut into 1/2-inch slices. Lay the slices in a single layer in a 9x12-inch baking dish. Top each polenta slice with a tablespoon or two of the chive cottage cheese (use all the cottage cheese). Pour the sauce evenly over the cottage cheese, and sprinkle with the mozzarella cheese.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until the cheese is lightly browned and bubbling, about 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

833 calories; protein 51g; carbohydrates 80.2g; fat 33.4g; cholesterol 118.4mg; sodium 2147.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/24/2011
I prefer the taste of beef but for health reasons I use lean ground turkey for all dishes that require ground beef. It's delicious regardless. I used Classico brand four cheese pasta sauce which I love when I can't make my own. However I could not find cottage cheese with chives ANYWHERE! I looked looked looked... So I had some ricotta in the refrigerator and just went ahead and used that. I also sprinkled some parmesan on top. I had some spinach occupying space in my refrigerator so I threw that in there too. Yes I changed it up a bit but like the author said this recipe "can be a start for so many variations". That's definitely true. Make it your own. It is a great base recipe and I loved the change of pace when it comes to texture on an italian dish. I pour some sauce in the middle of a serving plate and placed the polenta on top made it look pretty and served it with a side dish of steamed broccoli. Yum Yum! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
01/17/2012
This didn't go together at all for me I ended up pulling off the huge layer of mozarella cheese and then eating it. Will not make it again. Read More
(2)
38 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 23
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
06/24/2011
I prefer the taste of beef but for health reasons I use lean ground turkey for all dishes that require ground beef. It's delicious regardless. I used Classico brand four cheese pasta sauce which I love when I can't make my own. However I could not find cottage cheese with chives ANYWHERE! I looked looked looked... So I had some ricotta in the refrigerator and just went ahead and used that. I also sprinkled some parmesan on top. I had some spinach occupying space in my refrigerator so I threw that in there too. Yes I changed it up a bit but like the author said this recipe "can be a start for so many variations". That's definitely true. Make it your own. It is a great base recipe and I loved the change of pace when it comes to texture on an italian dish. I pour some sauce in the middle of a serving plate and placed the polenta on top made it look pretty and served it with a side dish of steamed broccoli. Yum Yum! Read More
(36)
Rating: 5 stars
08/08/2011
YUM! I sauteed the ground beef with fresh garlic skipped the tomato sauce and added fresh herbs and mushrooms to the pasta sauce. I couldn't find cottage cheese with chives so I added some fresh chives basil and parsley to the cottage cheese (yummy). I used the Polenta recipe from this site to make my own at home. So good. Thanks! Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
09/07/2011
I layered everything in a small baking dish with lotsa sauce and no beef. The result looked more like a soup but it tasted like lasagna and it was great. Easy perfect for lazy days. Sprinkled feta cheddar parmesan and breadcrumbs on top. Cooked almost 1 hour at 350F. Read More
(16)
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Rating: 4 stars
10/09/2014
I made my own polenta (4 cups chicken broth to 1 cup polenta); spread it out on a buttered cookie sheet covered it with plastic wrap and refrigerated until firm. I then cut the polenta into circles with a round cookie cutter. For the sauce I substituted Johnsonville mild Italian sausage for the ground beef giving it a couple of quick pulses in my food processor after browning to give it a finer more beef-like texture. Delicious! My whole family liked it. Thanks for the recipe Angie! Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I'm not a polenta lover but my husband is and he raved about this recipe! Read More
(6)
Rating: 4 stars
05/20/2016
This is a great recipe to add variations, but I believe the most important step is to bake the polenta for at least 30 minutes first to firm it up before adding toppings. Then add any toppings and bake off till warmed and bubbly. Read More
(5)
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Rating: 5 stars
03/04/2014
I put my homemade sauce in the bottom (enough to cover the bottom of the dish) layer in the polenta then a spoonful of ricotta on each piece then beef - skip the cottage cheese cover with additional spoonfuls of sauce on the polenta slices and some mozz & parm cheese (whatever I have on hand) and bake until hot bubbly and cheese is a little brown. I don't make it too saucy and can adjust it to just two of us or all 6. Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
01/23/2012
It was good. I actually layered it like a Lasagna and the polenta was a little soft. I would follow the recipe a little better next time. It was still amazing though. Read More
(3)
Rating: 4 stars
06/23/2012
I used a can of diced tomatoes but should have drained a little of the juice. I also used ricotta cheese. I added mushrooms and spinach. The thing that made it was the use of fresh spices. Hubby really liked it and I will use this recipe again. Read More
(2)
Rating: 1 stars
01/17/2012
This didn't go together at all for me I ended up pulling off the huge layer of mozarella cheese and then eating it. Will not make it again. Read More
(2)
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