My boyfriend looooved this dish. I personally liked the ragu quite a bit more than the grits - I feel it calls for way too much cream cheese, and that less of a harder cheese (some parmesan or cheddar) would add more flavor overall. I also thickened the ragu sauce by mixing a tablespoon of cornstarch into it. Definitely a fantastic dish for the mushroom lover - I will probably be making this again in the future.
Mushroom and Sausage Ragu with Polenta
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.
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- Calories: 428
- Fat: 18.7g
- Saturated fat: 8.4g
- Monounsaturated fat: 8.5g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 1.4g
- Protein: 18.2g
- Carbohydrate: 46g
- Fiber: 4.6g
- Cholesterol: 53mg
- Iron: 3.3mg
- Sodium: 821mg
- Calcium: 74mg
- 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
- 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
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