Mushroom and Sausage Ragu with Polenta

Mushroom and Sausage Ragù with Polenta Recipe
Photo: John Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
This hearty entrée features a mushroom and sausage ragù (Italian meat-and-tomato pasta sauce) served over creamy polenta.  Cook the polenta while the ragù simmers so everything will be ready and hot at the same time.

Yield:

4 servings (serving size: 1 cup polenta and 1 cup ragù)

Recipe from

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Nutritional Information

Calories 428
Fat 18.7 g
Satfat 8.4 g
Monofat 8.5 g
Polyfat 1.4 g
Protein 18.2 g
Carbohydrate 46 g
Fiber 4.6 g
Cholesterol 53 mg
Iron 3.3 mg
Sodium 821 mg
Calcium 74 mg

Ingredients

1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
8 ounces hot turkey Italian sausage
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 pound cremini mushrooms, sliced
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1 (14.5-ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
2 1/2 cups fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup uncooked polenta
4 ounces 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
1 tablespoon butter

Preparation

1. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Remove sausage from casings. Add sausage to pan; sauté 3 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Remove sausage from pan.

2. Add 1 tablespoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion; sauté 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add mushrooms; sauté 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in sausage, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and tomatoes; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium; simmer gently for 15 minutes.

3. Bring broth and 1 1/2 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add polenta, stirring well. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer 20 minutes or until thick, stirring occasionally. Stir in remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt, cheese, and butter. Serve with sausage mixture.

Wine match: Tempranillo At $3.99, who wouldn't jump for joy about the La Granja 360 Tempranillo (Carinena, Spain, 2008). Although a tad tight upon opening, this wine mellows to unveil a touch of licorice, tart cherry, and a dry spice rack concoction that echoes the mushrooms' depth, stands up to the spice of the sausage, and complements the creamy polenta. --Alexander Spacher

October 2010
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