Soft Polenta with Sausage & Peppers Recipe

February 22, 2014

Soft Polenta with Sausage & Peppers Recipe



Overview

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Serving Size: 1 cup Sausage & Peppers, 3/4 cup Polenta

Ingredients

Sausage & Peppers:

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 12 ounces sweet or hot Italian pork sausage links
  • 2 large bell peppers, (about 8 ounces), thinly sliced
  • 1 medium onion, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • ½ cup water
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste, if desired

Polenta:

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter

Instructions

Sausage & Peppers:

  1. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausages and cook, covered, turning occasionally, until browned and cooked through, about 12 minutes. Remove from skillet with a slotted spoon to a cutting board.
  2. Add peppers and onions to same skillet and sauté over medium-high heat until tender, about 8 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, slice sausages into 1-inch wide pieces and set aside.
  4. Add garlic to skillet with peppers and onions and cook 1 minute or until fragrant.
  5. Add sliced sausage and any juices from cutting board and ½ cup water to skillet and bring to a simmer, scraping up browned bits from bottom of pan. Reduce heat to low and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste if desired.

Polenta:

  1. Bring water and salt to a boil over high heat in a large covered, preferably nonstick saucepan.
  2. Gradually whisk in cornmeal. Reduce heat to low and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until thickened and tender, about 5 minutes.
  3. Remove polenta from heat and stir in Parmesan cheese and butter. Spoon onto plates and top with sausage and pepper mixture. Serve with additional Parmesan cheese if desired.

Notes:

Use whichever bell peppers are the best buy at the moment or substitute lower priced Cubanelle (Italian frying peppers). You’ll need 3 large ones.



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