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mozzarella polenta with sausage and bell pepper tomato cream sauce

Wow.  Where did November go?!  Is it really almost Thanksgiving already?  It definitely doesn’t feel like the middle of November in my mind, but the changing weather sure does.  It’s actually not even close to how cold it gets in the Midwest in the winter, but I am already starting to unconsciously brace myself for the cold every time I go outside.   It hasn’t come close to being as cold as it gets in the dead of winter but still, it’s getting colder and colder each day and I am feeling more sorry for myself the colder it gets.  Pity party = comfort food.  


My new comfort food is polenta.  Seriously, if you haven’t tried creamy polenta yet, you owe it to yourself to make it.  It has all of the comfort-food-bases covered: it’s creamy, filling, cheesy, and warm.  What more could you want on a chilly fall/winter day?  It was exactly what I wanted on a particularly cold and windy day.  So I knew I wanted polenta, but I wasn’t sure what else to put with it.  The creaminess of the polenta lends itself to be a great pairing with something a little more bold.  A spicy sausage and pepper sauce perhaps?  Bingo.  The combination was heavenly and pure comfort.  



mozzarella polenta with sausage and bell pepper tomato cream sauce

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Ingredients

for the sausage and bell pepper tomato cream sauce:

  • 4 links Italian chicken sausage
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp Cajun seasoning
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream or half-and-half

for the mozzarella polenta:

  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 1/4 cups polenta
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4-1/2 cup whipping cream or half-and-half
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tbsp butter optional but delicious

Instructions

  • In large saucepan, cook sausage. Remove from pan and set aside.
  • In same saucepan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.
  • Add peppers and onion and cook until peppers become soft, about 8-9 minutes.
  • Add salt, Cajun seasoning, and garlic and cook 1 more minute.
  • Return sausage to pan.
  • Next, add the tomato sauce and stir to combine.
  • Lastly, add the cream and stir to mix thoroughly. Cook over medium heat for about 3-4 more minutes, making sure everything is thoroughly mixed.
  • Meanwhile (I did this while my peppers were cooking), bring vegetable broth to a boil.
  • Add polenta and salt and stir well to combine.
  • Reduce heat to low, cover, and let simmer for about 10 minutes.
  • After 10 minutes, add 1/4 cup of cream and stir.
  • Add more cream if desired, until it reaches your desired consistency.
  • Add cheeses and stir to combine.
  • Add butter and stir even more.
  • Serve immediately with sausage and pepper sauce on top.
  • Enjoy!
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  1. Perfect comfort food! I love the cajun spices in there paired with the creamy polenta. I can imagine this was delicious.

  2. love polenta. this looks like a great meal for a cold night and I’m sure it’s great for leftovers. You can also turn this into lasagna by layering polenta and letting it harden before topping with sausage/peppers/cheese and then repeat!

  3. Polenta is a definitely comfort food of mine. I always have some on hand and will make a batch for dinner when I have no idea what else I want. This recipe sounds delicious! I love that pepper/sausage ragu.

  4. I’m gonna have to try your polenta recipe-I made one brom Better Homes and Garden magazine but it was kinda bland- yours sounds really yummy. and I love peppers and sausage together!

  5. I’m definitely stocking up on comfort food recipes – it’s supposed to only be 19F here on Wednesday!! This sounds so delicious and perfect for a chilly night.

  6. I have never actually tried creamy polenta, but you have inspired me! Thanks so much Taylor.
    On another note, you are the winner of our recent CSN giveaway!! Drop me a note with your email and I’ll forward you the info!!
    1kimkelly at gmail dot com

  7. I made this for supper tonight and it was amazing. My entire family loved it. I had to put it away so I didn’t keep eating it. Thank you for the wonderful meal idea.