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Italian Sausage Ragu with Polenta

Italian Sausage Ragu #festfoods

Have you ever tried polenta?  It is a deliciously creamy side dish made from corn meal that is often served Italian-style.  In this recipe, we use instant polenta, which cooks in less than 5 minutes!  We are pairing it with a tangy tomato sauce and robust turkey sausage for a perfectly simple Italian meal!  Prep and cook time is minimal, so you can enjoy more time at the table.  Bon appetit!

Italian Sausage Ragu with Polenta

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  • 1 cup instant polenta
  • 4 cups skim milk + ¼ cup, divided
  • Salt, to taste
  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper, divided
  • ½ cup shaved parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • Italian sausage
  • 1 jar low sodium marinara sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh oregano, chopped (or 1 ½ tsp. dried oregano)
  • 1 ½ Tbsp. fresh basil, chopped, divided (or 2 tsp. dried basil)



  1. Cook polenta according to package directions, with 4 cups milk. When cooked, season lightly with salt and pepper, and stir in ¼ cup parmesan cheese.
  2. While polenta cooks, heat 1 Tbsp. olive oil in large skillet to medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook 60-90 more seconds.  Add Italian sausage to pan and cook until browned.  Add marinara sauce and cook until heated through.   Season with oregano, 1 Tbsp. basil and pepper.
  3. Stir remaining ¼ cup milk in to polenta (it tends to thicken as it sits).
  4. Divide polenta equally in to 8 bowls; top with sausage/tomato mixture. Top with parmesan cheese and garnish with remaining fresh basil.

Yield: 8 servings

*Per Serving:  Calories 290, Total Fat 11g (Saturated 1.5g, Trans 0g), Cholesterol 40mg, Sodium 560mg, Total Carbohydrate 31g (Dietary Fiber 3g, Sugars 11g), Protein 19g, Vitamin A 10%, Vitamin C 6%, Calcium 25%, Iron 15%


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