This hearty meat sauce with cheesy polenta is a nice change from spaghetti.
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
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
How to Make It
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.
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.
Divide polenta evenly among 4 shallow bowls. Top each serving with 1 cup beef mixture; sprinkle with 2 teaspoons cheese and 2 tablespoons basil.
I thought this recipe was great. Quick, easy and delicious. I made a few changes - I used farro polenta and cooked it in chicken broth and added a little butter once it was done cooking along with the cheese. Also substituted ground bison for ground beef and added more red pepper flakes for a kick. I'll definitely make this again!
Yes, the polenta is a nice change from pasta, the meat sauce was good and my family enjoyed it. I'm giving it 3 stars b/c it's a great, quick weeknight meal (so don't let the rating persaude you not to try it) and I'll make it again, but I jus don't think I'd serve it for a special occasion and it didn't knock my socks off. Note: I used 5 minute polenta, which made prep time even quicker.
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