Cheesy polenta with sausage ragout

Cheesy polenta with sausage ragout

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(15 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 4
Creamy and hearty, polenta makes a great alternative to mashed potatoes or pasta- serve topped with a tomato-based sauce flavoured with rosemary

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal574
  • fat31g
  • saturates12g
  • carbs53g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre3g
  • protein22g
  • salt3.1g
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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 onion, chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 6 pork sausages, skins removed
  • 400g can chopped tomato
  • 200ml chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 4 rosemary sprigs, chopped



    Rosemary's intense, fragrant aroma has traditionally been paired with lamb, chicken and game…

  • 200g instant polenta (available from larger supermarkets and Holland & Barrett)



    An Italian storecupboard staple, polenta has its roots in the peasant cuisine of northern Italy…

  • 100g smoked cheese, grated


  1. Heat the oil in a large casserole dish over a medium-high heat and cook the onion and garlic for a few mins. Stir in the sausages, breaking them up into small pieces as you go, and cook for another 8-9 mins. Stir in the chopped tomatoes, stock, purée and most of the rosemary. Bring to a simmer and cook for another 8-10 mins or until the mixture is thickened. Season to taste.

  2. Meanwhile, make up the polenta following pack instructions. Remove from the heat and stir in the cheese, with some seasoning. Spoon the polenta onto 4 plates, then top with the ragout and a sprinkling of the remaining rosemary.

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Jennifer Adamson's picture
Jennifer Adamson
22nd Apr, 2020
Delicious easy and quick meal, true comfort food.
20th Apr, 2015
Everyone was a little dubious about the polenta, but it went down well! The sausage ragout was delicious - a definite winner with the kids. It took a little longer than 10mins to get the ragout to thicken up after adding the stock though.
16th Apr, 2015
On the menu for dinner again tonight. The kids love this
24th Oct, 2014
Very tasty. I added mushrooms and used 100ml red wine/100ml stock which gave it extra flavour.
7th Dec, 2013
My new favourite tea. Very quick and easy and absolutely delicious (and I'm not usually a big fan of rosemary)
21st Oct, 2013
This was delicious- I cooked it in the slow cooker it was amazing!
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