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Parmesan Polenta with Sausage Ragout


A hearty classic Italian dish, perfect for the coming of fall. Tuck into a bowl of creamy polenta with spicy Italian sausage ragout tonight!

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  • 1 ⁄4 cup olive oil
  • 1 pound Italian sausages, casings removed
  • 1 red onion, minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (28-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, crushed by hand
  • 1 1⁄2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 ⁄4 cup basil leaves, finely chopped
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, freshly ground, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 1⁄4 cups polenta (not quick-cooking) or yellow cornmeal
  • 1 ⁄2 cup Parmesan, freshly grated, plus more for garnish


Servings 4
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Step 1

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a 4-quart saucepan over medium-high; add sausage and cook, breaking it into small pieces with a wooden spoon, until browned, 5 minutes. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more. Add tomatoes and boil; simmer until thick, 20 minutes. Add basil, vinegar, kosher salt, and pepper; keep warm.

Meanwhile, bring sea salt and 5 cups water to a boil in a 4-quart saucepan; slowly add polenta and cook, stirring constantly, and reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until thick and creamy, 8 minutes. Remove from heat and add remaining oil, 1⁄2 cup parmesan, and kosher salt.

Divide between bowls and top with ragout; garnish with more Parmesan.

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