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Italian-Style Beef with Polenta

Photo: John Autry
Hands-on time 40 mins
Total time 40 mins
Yield Serves 4
This hearty meat sauce with cheesy polenta is a nice change from spaghetti.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry coarse-ground polenta
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Dash of kosher salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup 2% reduced-fat milk
  • 3/4 cup (3 ounces) grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, divided
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 pound ground sirloin
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups lower-sodium marinara sauce (such as McCutcheon's)
  • 1/2 cup torn fresh basil

Nutrition Information

  • calories 487
  • fat 15.5 g
  • satfat 7.2 g
  • monofat 5.3 g
  • polyfat 0.6 g
  • protein 29.3 g
  • carbohydrate 80.9 g
  • fiber 5 g
  • cholesterol 73 mg
  • iron 3.2 mg
  • sodium 695 mg
  • calcium 266 mg

How to Make It

  1. Place first 3 ingredients in a large saucepan. Gradually add 2 cups water and milk, stirring constantly with a whisk. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium, and cook 20 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in 1/3 cup cheese.

  2. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; coat with cooking spray. Add beef; sauté 5 minutes. Stir to crumble. Remove beef; drain. Wipe pan; coat with cooking spray. Add onion, pepper, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and garlic; sauté for 4 minutes, stirring frequently. Add beef and sauce; simmer 8 minutes.

  3. Divide polenta evenly among 4 shallow bowls. Top each serving with 1 cup beef mixture; sprinkle with 2 teaspoons cheese and 2 tablespoons basil.