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Rustic Sausage-Polenta Lasagne

Kids love sausages and carbs, you love easy sophistication.

November 15th, 2015

The Italians do celebrations correctly: by adding lasagne to all of them. Pull this one together fast by thawing the sausages in the microwave, in a shallow dish covered with paper towels, on Defrost for 4 to 6 minutes before using. Ready-made polenta usually comes in 2-lb (1-kg) tube-shaped packages (look for it near the cornmeal in your supermarket). You'll need half a package for this recipe, but if well wrapped, the remaining polenta can be stored in the fridge for up to 1 week (and makes excellent fries).
Servings
Makes 4 to 6
Ingredients
  • 1 lb(500 g) sweet Italian sausages
  • 1 tbsp(15 mL) olive oil
  • 1 tsp(5 mL) Italian seasoning
  • 2 cups(500 mL) tomato-based pasta sauce
  • 1 lb(500 g) ready-made polenta
  • 1 cup(250 mL) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup(50 mL) grated Parmesan cheese
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F (180C). Carefully peel casings from sausages and discard. (If sausages have been frozen, don't remove casings. Instead, chop sausages into small pieces.) In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add sausage meat and Italian seasoning; cook 5 to 6 minutes, until browned, crumbling sausage with a wooden spoon. Stir in pasta sauce; bring to boil, stirring to scrape up any browned bits from bottom of skillet. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 2 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, cut polenta in half crosswise. Cut each piece into H-inch (1-cm) thick slices.

  3. Spoon one-third of sausage mixture over bottom of an oiled 6-cup (1.5-L) shallow baking dish. Top with half of polenta slices, one-third of sausage mixture and half of mozzarella, followed by remaining polenta, remaining sausage mixture and remaining mozzarella. Sprinkle Parmesan evenly over top.

  4. Bake 25 to 35 minutes, or cover dish with wax paper and microwave on High (100%) 7 to 10 minutes, until cheese has melted, lasagne is bubbling and a knife inserted in centre for 10 seconds feels hot. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Nutrients Per Serving

Per serving (for 6) 415 calories, 27.8 g fat, 202 mg calcium, 1,281 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrates, 2.2 g fibre, 19.4 g protein; excellent source of thiamine and niacin; good source of calcium

Rustic Sausage-Polenta Lasagne

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