Braised Kale, Sausage, and Creamy Polenta

Photo: Levi Brown

Start with a healthy green like kale to be the cornerstone to a tasty meal of Braised Kale, Sausage, and Creamy Polenta. Luscious mascarpone cheese makes the polenta super creamy--and has fewer calories than butter!


Makes: 4 servings (serving size: 3/4 cup polenta and 1 3/4 cups kale and sausage)

Recipe Time

Prep: 5 Minutes
Cook: 25 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 425
Fat 18.8 g
Satfat 6.1 g
Monofat 7.2 g
Polyfat 1.3 g
Protein 19 g
Carbohydrate 46 g
Fiber 6 g
Cholesterol 70 mg
Iron 7 mg
Sodium 705 mg
Calcium 145 mg


Cooking spray
3 fully cooked chicken sausages, cut into chunks
1 cup quick-cooking polenta
2 tablespoons mascarpone cheese
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Kosher salt


1. Coat a large skillet with cooking spray. Cook sausages over medium heat until browned (about 10 minutes).

2. Bring 3 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add polenta. Cook on low, stirring, until thick (about 5 minutes). Stir in cheese, paprika, and pepper. Season with salt.

3. Add the kale to the sausage. Cook until hot (2-3 minutes). Serve over the creamy polenta.