Sunday, January 20, 2008

Sausage Polenta Bake

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes
Ready in: 40 minutes
Yields: 12-16 servings
Cost: approx. $7.00

2 cups yellow cornmeal or polenta ($1.25)
3/4 teaspoon salt
5 1/2 cups boiling water
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese ($.50)
1 pound Italian sausage ($2.25)
1 jar of spaghetti sauce ($1.00)
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese ($2.00)

1. In large saucepan, combine cornmeal and salt. Gradually add boiling water while whisking. Cook and stir over medium heat for 5 minutes or until mixture boils. Remove from heat and stir in Parmesan cheese.

2. Spread polenta into greased 9x13 pan.. (We use a 1 1/2 sheet cake pan.) Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, cook sausage and add spaghetti sauce. Cook until heated through.

3. Spread mixture over polenta; sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake 12-15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Let stand for 15 minutes before cutting.

This recipe was adapted from the original found here.

The results are in....

7 thumbs up. 2 thumbs down (mainly due to an aversion to red sauce).

"It was a little spicy." -Hannah

"I liked the creamy bottom layer." -Lydia

"It was easy to fix. It reminded me of lasagna, but not runny and hard to cut." -Mom

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