Total Time
40 Mins
4 servings

Top creamy Parmesan polenta with a spicy tomato sauce filled with fresh herbs and sun-dried tomato chicken sausage.

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan, swirling to coat. Add sausage; sauté for 3 minutes or until browned. Add onion; sauté for 5 minutes or until tender. Add garlic; sauté 30 seconds. Add oregano, pepper, and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add 1/4 cup basil to pan; cook 5 minutes or until sauce thickens.

Step 2

Combine broth and water in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Add polenta; reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes or until thick, stirring frequently with a whisk. Stir in half of cheese. Place 2/3 cup polenta in each of 4 bowls; top with about 3/4 cup sauce. Top each serving with 1 tablespoon basil and 1 tablespoon cheese.

Ratings & Reviews

February 11, 2016
Once the polenta is prepared, set it in a screen strainer lined with a clean dish towel; let stand for 30 minutes, then use a 1/4 cup to scoop the polenta.  Add the scoops to a heated, lightly oiled pan & saute for 4 - 6 minutes per side.This intensifies the flavors & crisps the polenta.Might be worth a shot

Rochelle's Review

May 11, 2012
This was really good with some additions. As suggested by some, used 3 links and some wine. I doubled the garlic, added tarragon, 2 T. Trader Joes Sun Dried Tomato Pesto along with some extra sun dried tomatoes. I cannot get quick polenta here. Reg. polenta microwaves beautifully. 3/4 cups polenta, 2 cups water, 1 cup milk & a T. fresh minced garlic along with the parm. cheese. Mix it up and microwave on high for 8 min. Take it out & stir briskly. Can put it back in for 2 min. if you want it thicker. I put it in a loaf pan to cool then slice thickly & saute in a little oil until golden. Yum!


February 15, 2017
I found this to be uninspiring. Sure, the sauce was good, but there are a million red sauce recipes out there. I couldn't find quick cooking polenta, so ended up with the pre-made stuff in a tube. I didn't really know what to do with it, so sliced and friend it. I don't think that did the dish any flavors. Whether I ruined it or not, I won't be saving this one.

Loved it!

August 02, 2016
I thought this recipe was delicious and the sauce was great as is! I couldn't find the sun dried tomato chicken sausage so instead used a spinach feta chicken sausage. I added the full 1/2 cup of Parmesan to the polenta and also added some garlic powder. On recommended, I made sautéed spinach with it. Will definitely make this again (and probably use the sauce recipe for other dishes too!)

Simple and Tasty

March 22, 2016
Easy to prepare, make some changes for personal taste, especially some wine and veggies like chard or spinach, and fill your belly with goodness.


February 09, 2016
This was sooo good and easy. My family truly loved it. Thanks

Good dish

June 30, 2015
This one was hard to review since we found out with this recipe that my husband doesn't like soft prepared polenta, and I had to eat this as many leftovers as a result.  I did find it good and easy to make.  Not great though, but a good basic hearty recipe.  Definitely hearty and it does reheat well, both the sauce and polenta that I packaged up separately as leftovers.  If I were in the mood to try it again, I might try freezing the extra portions and see how it reheats, it should do well, and then I don't have to eat it every day for a week!

steponme's Review

October 01, 2014
Bland, so I made some changes. Couldn't find the sun dried tomato chicken sausage, used roasted pepper & asiago chicken sausage also added extra lean ground turkey; not enough meat for me. Sauce was soupy after simmering; put a tablespoon of tomato paste, also added garlic salt and dried italian seasoning; still bland.

KristinD's Review

July 02, 2014

Schmatterson8's Review

June 18, 2014
I made this with hot Italian turkey sausage and the premade tube of polenta from the produce section. It was delicious! I will make this again and again.