Baked Polenta with Sausage


Rich, tomato-based casserole made with sweet Italian sausage, baked in a polenta crust and topped with mozzarella cheese. This is a great substitution for your typical pasta dish. Serve with a green salad and a loaf of Italian bread - doesn't get much better than this!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
6 servings


  • 3 cups water

  • 1 cup milk

  • 9 ¼ ounces instant polenta

  • ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 2 (3.5 ounce) links sweet Italian sausage, casings removed

  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms

  • ½ cup chopped onions

  • 3 cloves garlic, diced

  • 1 ½ cups dry white wine

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes

  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano

  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  2. Combine water and milk in a large saucepan with polenta. Bring to a boil over high heat; add Parmesan cheese and butter. Stir constantly until thickened, about 3 minutes. Pour polenta into a large, round casserole dish, filling about 1 inch deep.

  3. Heat olive oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir sausage, mushrooms, onion, and garlic in the skillet until sausage is browned and crumbly, about 10 minutes. Add wine, tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar, Italian seasoning, and oregano; cook over medium heat for 30 minutes.

  4. Pour tomato sauce mixture over polenta. Top with mozzarella cheese.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until golden, about 20 minutes.

Cook's Note:

Muenster cheese is also good if you don't have mozzarella.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

546 Calories
24g Fat
48g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 546
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 11g 56%
Cholesterol 59mg 20%
Sodium 1323mg 58%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 17%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 25g
Vitamin C 25mg 125%
Calcium 540mg 42%
Iron 7mg 38%
Potassium 666mg 14%

* 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.

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