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Creamy Polenta with Arrabbiata Sausage Ragout


"Creamy polenta with Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese makes a luscious base for sausages simmered in a spicy, robust sauce."
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45 m servings 771 cals
Original recipe yields 4 servings

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  1. In a large saucepan over high heat, bring the water, milk, and salt to a boil. Add the polenta in a slow, steady stream, stirring continuously with a wooden spoon until incorporated.
  2. Continue stirring to prevent lumps from forming. Reduce the heat so the mixture bubbles occasionally.
  3. Cook, stirring and scraping the bottom and sides of the pan, until the polenta is thick and starts to pull away from the sides of the pan, 35 to 40 minutes.
  4. Remove from the heat. Stir in the butter, a few cubes at a time, then stir in the cheese. Keep warm over very low heat.
  5. Heat grapeseed oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add the sausages and cook following cooking instructions indicated on the packaging, or until no longer pink in the center, about 8 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 160 degrees F (70 degrees C). Transfer the sausages to a plate.
  6. Add the bell peppers and onion to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned and tender, about 10 minutes.
  7. Stir in the pasta sauce and crushed red pepper flakes. Bring to a simmer and return the sausages to the pan. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, then remove from the heat. Slice sausages before serving.
  8. To serve, place a mound of polenta onto a plate, and top with the sausage and arrabbiata sauce.


  • Notes/Footnotes: Although you can use just water and omit the milk, I believe the milk gives polenta an extra creaminess.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 771 calories; 46.2 g fat; 57.9 g carbohydrates; 31.7 g protein; 83 mg cholesterol; 2663 mg sodium. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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This was so simple! The no one would suspect the sauce to be from a jar. It tasted like it cooked all day on the stove. The sauce was rich, thick and had such depth to it; and it only had the...