No. 40: Sausage, Zucchini & Tomatoes with Creamy Polenta

Ok, I'm on a polenta kick.

How did I not know it was this easy to make until now?

After my polenta success from last week, I couldn't resist this terrific encore from The Rose Record. It may be a bit repetitive, but it sure is amazingly delicious.

Open up the bottle of wine that this recipe calls for, make this dish and then settle in for a great date at home.

Ingredients

Serves 4

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.

To make

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.

Simmer

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.

The results

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?

POlenta

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.

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