Sunday, January 30, 2011

Polenta with Italian Tomato, Zucchini and Bean Sauce

Late night I was in the mood for some "stick to your ribs" food. I made this dish and it got rave reviews. (And I felt like I had just spent the day on the Italian Alps.) If you don't want to make polenta (although it's dead easy and freezes well) then pasta or gnocchi would also work. You can make up the polenta ahead of time or on the weekend and have it ready to go for a quick weeknight meal.

Polenta with Italian Tomato, Zucchini and Bean Sauce
Serves 4 - 5


  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium zucchini, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 14 oz can of No Salt Added tomato sauce
  • 19 oz can of chick peas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  1. Grease a 9X5 bread pan and put aside.
  2. Heat the broth and Italian seasoning in a saucepan over medium heat until simmering
  3. Pour in the cornmeal a bit at a time, whisking until blended.
  4. Heat until thickened (add more cornmeal if necessary) about 3 minutes
  5. Stir in the cheese and immediately pour into the prepared bread pan
  6. Let cool for 30 - 45 minutes. The turn the loaf out on to a cutting board and slice into 1/2 inch slices. At this point you can freeze the polenta for another time or refrigerate it for later in the week.
  1. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium high heat
  2. If using the polenta, heat a saute or grill pan over high heat.
  3. Add the onion, zucchini and Italian seasoning and saute until soft, about 5 minutes
  4. Pour in the tomato sauce and beans.
  5. Simmer for 5 - 10 minutes
  6. Meanwhile, brown or grill the polenta slices in the saute or grill pan on both sides until brown.
  7. Stir the Parmesan cheese in the tomato and bean sauce and serve immediately over the polenta.

Seriously - delicious... (I have got to remember to get a pic before it's all gone...)

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