We love Italian food in our house and I loved this recipe because it’s so versatile. I took the basic recipe and added kale, garlic and Italian sausage. You could add mushrooms, onions, spinach…whatever you think your family would like. This dish lends itself very easily to being a great vegetarian meal as well.
1 (18 ounce) package polenta, cut into 1/4 inch thick slices
2 cups kale or spinach, chopped
1 lb ground Italian sausage
2 tsp garlic
1/2 (24 ounce) jar bottled marinara sauce
1/4 cup pesto
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Place polenta on a cookie sheet prepared with cooking spray.
Cook polenta for about 5 minutes, turn them over and cook for another 5 minutes.
In a large skillet, saute kale, Italian sausage and garlic until Italian sausage is cooked through.
Spray a 11×7-inch casserole dish lightly with cooking spray and line it with 1/2 of the polenta.
Spread a thin layer of pesto on the polenta. Spoon half of the sauce on top of that.
Top with Italian sausage mixture.
Place the remaining polenta on top and cover with the rest of the sauce.
Bake for 25 minutes and then top with cheese and turn on the broiler until cheese is lightly browned.
What did the family think? They love anything that has cheese and pasta sauce. The kale wasn’t well received by the youngest member of our family, but there was so much else to like that it wasn’t a big deal.