Anything with blobs of melty fresh mozzarella is going to be good.
1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
1 Tbsp chopped fresh oregano
1 yellow onion, peeled, halved lengthwise then cut into wedges
1 bell pepper (red, green, orange or yellow), cut lengthwise into thin slices
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes
1 pound Italian sausage (removed from casings), sweet or spicy
2 pounds of prepared polenta, 1/2-inch slices if using prepared polenta in a tube
1/2 pound (8 ounces) fresh mozzarella, sliced into 1/4-inch slices
Heat 3 Tbsp of olive oil in a large (2-3 qt) saucepan on medium heat. Add the tomatoes and oregano. Bring to a simmer, and cook uncovered for 15 minutes.
While the tomatoes are cooking, heat 1 Tbsp oil over medium-high heat in a large sautÃ© pan. Add the sliced onion, bell peppers, garlic, salt, pepper, and chili flakes to the sautÃ© pan. Cover the pan, lower the heat to medium, and cook until the vegetables have softened, about 5 minutes. Add the sausage, stirring and breaking it into small pieces as it cooks, about 5 minutes. Cover the pan and cook until the vegetables are tender and the sausage is cooked through, about 5-8 more minutes. Add the tomato sauce and simmer for 10 minutes.
While the sauce is cooking, coat the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking pan with a 1 Tbsp oil. Add the cooked polenta (or slices) to the pan. Coat the top of the polenta with a little more olive oil. Broil the polenta about 4 inches from the heating element until golden brown and crispy, about 10-15 minutes.
Pour sauce over broiled polenta, then arrange mozzarella slices over the top and return the casserole to the broiler. Broil until the cheese is melted and beginning to brown, about 2 minutes. Watch is closely. Let cool for a few minutes before serving.
We had this with a salad.
Did I change anything? I left out the onion and added an extra bell pepper.
What did the family think? This was super yum. Everyone liked it except our youngest who was a little disappointed that there was polenta under all that sauce instead of regular pasta.