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Thursday, September 29, 2011

mushroom ragu with polenta

found this recipe and wanted to try it out. we both love polenta but i honestly think i have cooked with it once (i made polenta croutons and i don't remember it going so well as i am never very good at frying things). but i think what sold me on it the most was that it gave a suggestion of wine to pair with it, and it just so happens that we had that exact wine! good enough reason as any right? anyway it turned out great and the husband approved--always a good thing.

below is the original recipe. i adjusted it to make the meal a vegetarian one. so i will note that as needed.

1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil,
divided 8 ounces hot turkey Italian sausage  **i used tofurky italian sausage from TJ's
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 pound cremini mushrooms,
sliced 2 large garlic cloves,
minced 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1 (14.5-ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
2 1/2 cups fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth **here i just omitted the broth altogether, although a friend of mine recently brought it to my attention that fry's now carries 'no-chicken broth' (uh-mazing)
1 1/2 cups water 1 cup uncooked polenta
4 ounces 1/3-less-fat cream cheese **i also omitted the cream cheese to keep it somewhat healthier
1 tablespoon butter

1. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Remove sausage from casings. Add sausage to pan; sauté 3 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Remove sausage from pan.
2. Add 1 tablespoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion; sauté 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add mushrooms; sauté 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in sausage, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and tomatoes; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium; simmer gently for 15 minutes.

3. Bring broth and 1 1/2 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add polenta, stirring well. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer 20 minutes or until thick, stirring occasionally. Stir in remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt, cheese, and butter. Serve with sausage mixture.

***the wine is a tempranillo called La Granja and is $3.99. don't be fooled by the price, embrace it. it is actually one of our go-to wines. it is really good!

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