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Braised Kale, Sausage, and Creamy Polenta

Photo: Levi Brown
Prep time 5 mins
Cook time 25 mins

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

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!


  • 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
  • 4 cups Braised Kale without cheese

Nutrition 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

How to Make It

  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.