Ok, I'm on a polenta kick.
How did I not know it was this easy to make until now?
Open up the bottle of wine that this recipe calls for, make this dish and then settle in for a great date at home.
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
1 cup onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 hot Italian sausage links, casings removed and crumbled*
1 zucchini, diced
14.5 oz. diced tomatoes and their liquid
2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
1 pinch sugar
Salt and pepper
1 teaspoon tomato paste
1/4 cup dry white wine
2 1/4 cup low-sodium chicken stock
1/2 cup Parmesan
1/2 cup stone-ground cornmeal
1 heaping tablespoon Greek yogurt
*I used hot turkey sausages, but pork would be incredibly delicious as well.
Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add oil.
When the oil is hot, add onion and sauté 5 minutes, until begins to soften. Add minced garlic and cook 1 minute.
Add sausage and stir to combine and brown. Cook 5 minutes until almost fully cooked, then add zucchini, diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, salt & pepper, sugar and tomato paste. Cook one minute to combine the flavors.
Add wine and bring almost to a boil. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer and let the sauce hang out over medium-low heat while you cook the polenta.
In a medium sauce pan, heat chicken stock to boiling. Reduce heat to medium-low and very slowly whisk in cornmeal. Whisk constantly (you might want to switch to a spoon about half way through) and cook until mixture thickens to a soft mush, about 10 minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in parmesan and yogurt. Season with salt and pepper.
Serve in shallow bowls with a scoop of polenta topped with the zucchini and sausage sauce.
What a terrific, easy, healthy dinner! The turkey sausage gave the sauce a meaty flavor and richness without overdoing the calories.
And seriously, is there anything easier than polenta topped with some saucy fixings?
This dish was also quite filling. Mr. McCormick was a huge fan as well.
As suggested, we drank some nice chardonnay (that also went in the sauce), chatted and very much enjoyed our own little date night at home.