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1 hr 10 mins
Based on a recipe from Good Housekeeping. This Italian casserole delivers comfort with creamy polenta and a hearty tomato ragu studded with spicy sausage and eggplant.
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- 340.19 g bulk hot Italian sausage (or links removed from casings)
- 340.19 g lean ground beef
- 453.59 g chopped onions
- 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped (or more to taste)
- 793.78 g can whole tomatoes in puree
- 453.59 g eggplant, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 946.36 ml water
- 414.03 ml chicken broth (1 14 to 14 1/2-ounce can)
- 354.88 ml cornmeal
- 2.46 ml salt
- 177.44 ml freshly grated pecorino romano cheese or 177.44 ml parmesan cheese, plus
- freshly grated pecorino romano cheese (for topping) or 177.44 ml parmesan cheese (for topping)
- 1In 5- to 6-quart Dutch oven, cook sausage and ground beef on medium-high 5 to 6 minutes or until browned, stirring and breaking up meat with side of spoon. With slotted spoon, transfer meat mixture to medium bowl.
- 2To same Dutch oven, add onion; cook on medium 8 to 10 minutes or until tender. Stir in garlic; cook 30 seconds. Add tomatoes with their puree; heat to boiling on high, breaking up tomatoes with side of spoon. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes. Add eggplant and meat; cover and cook 5 minutes on medium. Uncover and cook 10 minutes longer or until eggplant is tender, stirring occasionally.
- 3Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In microwave-safe 4-quart bowl, with wire whisk, combine water, broth, cornmeal, and salt. Microwave on High 15 to 20 minutes or until cornmeal mixture is very thick. After first 5 minutes of cooking, whisk vigorously until smooth (mixture will be lumpy at first); whisk 2 more times during remaining cooking time. Remove from microwave, whisk in Romano.
- 4Spoon 2 cups hot polenta into each of two 1 1/2-quart shallow casseroles. Spread polenta over bottom and up sides of casseroles. Spoon filling over polenta. Spread remaining polenta around casserole edge to form a rim. Sprinkle with a couple tablespoons additional grated Romano, Parmesan, or Asiago.
- 5Bake one casserole 30 minutes or until hot. Let stand 10 minutes for easier serving. (Freeze the other one for later.).
- 6Makes 8 servings (in 2 casserole dishes).
- 7Note: if you want to lower the fat content, use turkey Italian sausage. Make sure to use quality sausage - I've used my favorite, our freshly made Merguez, and good sausage really makes a difference.
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Nutritional Facts for Italian Polenta Casserole
Serving Size: 1 (494 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 8
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 352.6
- Calories from Fat 154
- Total Fat 17.1 g
- Saturated Fat 6.0 g
- Cholesterol 52.1 mg
- Sodium 867.3 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 29.0 g
- Dietary Fiber 4.4 g
- Sugars 4.4 g
- Protein 20.8 g
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pecorino romano cheese