Polenta Pasticciata #Ragu

Recipe by MyMansBelly
READY IN: 1hr 15mins




  • Ragu Recipe Contest Entry.
  • Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Butter the bottom and sides of a 9" springform pan. Also fold a piece of foil around the bottom of the pan to catch any leaks as the dish cooks in the oven.
  • In a large pot, bring water and salt to a boil over high heat. Once water is boiling, slowly whisk in corn grits.
  • Reduce heat to simmer and stir frequently, to keep corn grits from sticking to the pot, until mixture is very thick.
  • Stir the butter into the cooked polenta. Set pan aside, but cover the surface of the polenta with a piece of plastic wrap to keep the polenta from forming a skin on the top.
  • In a large skillet, break up the Italian sausage and cook until it is browned and cooked through.
  • Add the jar of Ragu to the sausage, stir to combine and cook just until it is heated through. Remove from heat and set pan aside.
  • Pour half of the polenta into the springform pan and spread it evenly in the pan.
  • Slice the log of goat cheese into equally thick slices (about 20) and arrange half of the goat cheese evenly over the top of the polenta.
  • Sprinkle 1/4 cup of the Parmesan cheese over the goat cheese and polenta.
  • Spread the arugula evenly over top of the cheese.
  • Pour half of the sausage and Ragu mixture over top of the arugula and spread it evenly across the whole pan.
  • Pour remaining polenta over top of the meat sauce and spread evenly in the pan.
  • Spoon the rest of the sausage and Ragu mixture on top of the layer of polenta and spread it into an even layer.
  • Arrange the remaining goat cheese evenly on top of the meat sauce.
  • Sprinkle the 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese evenly over top of the pasticciata.
  • Place the foil lined springform pan onto a baking sheet and slide into the oven to bake for 45 minutes.
  • Remove from oven when cheese is golden brown and bubbly.
  • Let the pasticciata rest for 20 minutes before removing the outer ring and serving. This will allow it to cool a bit and will stay together once the outer ring has been removed.