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Thursday, March 14 2013

A trio of Italian cheeses--ricotta, mozzarella, and Parmesan--gives this hearty casserole recipe a cheesey gooeyness that balances the gutsy, sausage sauce.


Three-Cheese and Sausage Polenta Gratin
Recipe from 
Servings: Makes 8 servings.
Prep Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 25 mins
    2-1/2  cups  chicken broth
     tablespoons  butter
     cups  milk
    1-1/2  cups  coarse-ground yellow cornmeal or quick-cooking polenta mix*
     cup  ricotta cheese
     cup  shredded mozzarella or provolone cheese (4 ounces)
    1/2  cup  finely shredded Asiago or Parmesan cheese (2 ounces)
    12  ounces  sweet or hot bulk Italian sausage
     8-ounce package  fresh mushrooms, quartered
     medium  onion, cut into thin wedges
     cloves  garlic, minced
     cups  purchased tomato-basil pasta sauce
        Fresh basil (optional)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease a 3-quart rectangular baking dish; set aside.
In a large saucepan, bring broth and butter to boiling. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, stir together milk and cornmeal. Slowly add cornmeal mixture to boiling broth, stirring constantly. Cook and stir until mixture returns to boiling. Reduce heat to low. Cook for 10 minutes or until mixture is very thick, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Stir in ricotta cheese cheese, 1/2 cup of the mozzarella cheese, and 1/4 cup of the Asiago cheese until well mixed. Spread two-thirds (about 4 cups) of the polenta in the prepared baking dish; set aside.
In a very large skillet, cook sausage, mushrooms, onion, and garlic over medium heat until meat is brown and onion is tender. Drain off fat. Stir in pasta sauce; heat through. Spoon sausage mixture over polenta in dish, spreading evenly. Dollop remaining polenta on top of sauce and sprinkle with the remaining mozzarella and Asiago cheeses.
Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes or until top is lightly golden and set. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. If desired, garnish with fresh basil. Makes 8 servings.
*Note: If using the quick-cooking polenta mix, once the polenta mixture returns to boiling in Step 2, cook and stir for only 3 to 5 minutes or until mixture is very thick.
nutrition information
Per serving: Calories 463, Total Fat 26 g, Saturated Fat 14 g, Monounsaturated Fat 9 g, Polyunsaturated Fat 2 g, Cholesterol 80 mg, Sodium 1017 mg, Carbohydrate 33 g, Total Sugar 10 g, Fiber 4 g, Protein 21 g. Daily Values: Vitamin A 0%, Vitamin C 17%, Calcium 33%, Iron 8%. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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