Active Time
25 Mins
Total Time
25 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: about 1 cup pork mixture and 2/3 cup polenta)

Look for bulk sausage, not links, to save the trouble of removing the casings. You can also substitute ground pork, beef, or turkey.

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add sausage; cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Stir in pepper. Remove sausage mixture to a bowl with a slotted spoon. Remove pan from heat (do not wipe out pan).

Step 2

Combine onion, carrot, and garlic on a cutting board; finely chop. Return pan to medium-high. Add onion mixture to pan; cook 5 to 7 minutes or until tender. Add sausage mixture, 1/2 cup water, and tomato sauce to pan; cook 1 minute.

Step 3

Bring remaining 3 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. whisk in polenta. Reduce heat; cook 3 minutes or until thickened, stirring frequently with a whisk or spoon. Stir in cheese. Serve polenta with pork mixture and parsley, if desired.

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Ratings & Reviews

Winter comfort in a bowl

February 14, 2017
To be honest, I used this base recipe as written, but added extra veggies (red and orange peppers, roasted mushrooms and artichokes) to make it almost a cacciatore.  I also added a pinch of crushed red pepper.  The flavors are deep and rich and the dish was very satisfying.  I doubled the recipe so I could share it with 5 friends.

Excellent sauce

April 06, 2017
My family says keep the sauce, lose the polenta.