- Ready In:
- 1hr 25mins
- 1 (26 ounce) jar marinara sauce, divided
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1⁄2 chopped red bell pepper
- 1 cup ground turkey, crumbled
- 1 cup chopped mushroom
- 1⁄2 cup chopped zucchini
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- italian seasoning, to sprinkle
- 1 (16 ounce) package polenta, cut into 18 slices
- 1⁄2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
- Preheat oven to 350ºF.
- Spoon 1/2 cup marinara sauce into an 8" square baking dish to cover bottom, and set aside.
- Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add onion and bell pepper; sauté 4 minutes or until tender.
- Stir in sausage; cook 2 minutes.
- Add mushrooms, zucchini, garlic and Italian seasononing; saute 2 minutes or until mushrooms are tender, stirring frequently.
- Add marinara sauce; reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes.
- Arrange 9 polenta slices over marinara in baking dish, and top evenly with half of vegetable mixture.
- Sprinkle 1/4 cup of cheese over vegetable mixture; arrange remaining polenta over cheese.
- Top the polenta with remaining vegetable mixture, and sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup cheese.
- Cover and bake for 30 minutes.
- Uncover and bake an additional 15 minutes or until bubbly.
- Let stand 5 minutes.
- Serve with a nice Chianti or other robust red wine.
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Super yummy! I haven't actually had polenta before, but I see it used a lot on Food Network so I decided to try it. This was definitely a good first recipe for someone new to polenta! I didn't have all the veggies listed, so I just used a ton of baby portobella mushrooms I had, various colors of bell peppers and chicken, spinach and mozzarella sausages I had from Meijer. I'm cheap so we always use Hunt's spaghetti sauce and I also used Jaxon cornmeal mush. With everything I had it was excellent! I'm waiting for my husband and father-in-law to come home and try it!
I increased the amount of zucchini, garlic, onion, and mushrooms and used Newman's Own marinara sauce. The veggie/meat sauce would have been great served over pasta, and I almost aborted the recipe and went with that for dinner. However, I did put it together with the polenta and found it to be OK. The texture of the creamy polenta with the flavorful, tender-crisp veggies was good, but I think that I prefer noodle lasagnas. 5 stars for the sauce...3 for the overall recipe idea.