Polenta with Bolognese Sauce

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Polenta with Bolognese SauceRecipe
Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke
These polenta triangles offer a tasty change of pace from the traditional pasta and sauce dish. You can make extra sauce to freeze and have on hand for busy nights.
8 servings (serving size: 1 triangle, 1/2 cup sauce, 3/4 teaspoon cheese, and 1 1/2 teaspoons basil)


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Cooking spray
1 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup finely chopped carrot
3/4 pound ground round
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup dry red wine
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 1/2 cups 1% reduced-fat milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 (14-ounce) can fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1 cup dry polenta
1/2 cup (2 ounces) finely grated fresh Romano or Parmesan cheese, divided
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil


To prepare sauce, heat a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrot, beef, and garlic; cook 6 minutes or until beef is browned, stirring to crumble. Add wine; cook 1 minute. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt, fennel, pepper, and tomatoes. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 40 minutes.

To prepare polenta, combine milk, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and broth in a medium saucepan. Gradually add polenta, stirring constantly with a whisk; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; cook 3 minutes or until thick, stirring constantly. Stir in 6 tablespoons cheese.

Spoon polenta into an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray, spreading evenly. Let stand 10 minutes or until firm. Loosen edges of polenta with a knife. Invert polenta onto a cutting board; cut into 4 squares. Cut each square diagonally into 2 triangles. Place 1 triangle on each of 8 plates; top each serving with 1/2 cup sauce, 3/4 teaspoon cheese, and 1 1/2 teaspoons basil.

Created date

August 2004

Nutritional Information

Calories 263
Caloriesfromfat 30 %
Fat 8.8 g
Satfat 3.8 g
Monofat 3 g
Polyfat 0.3 g
Protein 15.9 g
Carbohydrate 28.6 g
Fiber 3.7 g
Cholesterol 38 mg
Iron 2 mg
Sodium 604 mg
Calcium 183 mg