Baked Polenta With a Tomato Sauce

Recipe by Shuzbud
READY IN: 2hrs 40mins




  • Heat the oven to 350°F or 180°C.
  • Pour 3 cups of cold water into a saucepan and turn the heat up to high.
  • Add 1 cup polenta/ cornmeal gradually, stirring until it is all mixed in.
  • Stir in the paprika and nutmeg.
  • Heat until boiling, then simmer for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. NB: The polenta may spit if not stirred so be careful!
  • When the polenta has thickened at the end of the 2 minutes, remove from the heat. Line a loaf pan with cling film/ saran wrap and pour the polenta in
  • Allow to cool, then refrigerate for 2 hours until solid.
  • Heat the olive oil in a non-stick skillet and cook the onion and garlic, stirring, for 3 minutes until soft.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and fresh basil. Season with salt and pepper to taste then simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, turn the polenta onto a chopping board and remove the cling film. Cut it into about 18 squares. Slices can also be used if they fit your baking tray better.
  • Pour a third of the tomato sauce into a baking tray, top with half the polenta squares. Repeat the layers ending with sauce (alternatively I use a large shallow baking tray so I use a single layer of polenta squares with tomato sauce underneath and poured over the top).
  • Bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven, sprinkle the cheese over the top and return to the oven for 5 minutes until the cheese has melted.