Diva Tasting: Spicy Polenta Casserole…

Spicy Polenta Casserole 


  • 1 Pound Bulk Mild Italian Sausage

  • 1/4 Cup White Cooking Wine

  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil, Plus More For Greasing

  • 1/2 Cup Roasted Red Bell Pepper, Chopped

  • 1 Red Onion, Chopped

  • Kosher Salt And Ground Black Pepper To Taste

  • 1 (16 Ounce) Package Prepared Polenta, Sliced Into 1/4-Inch Rounds

  • 2 Tablespoons Chopped Fresh Flat-Leaf Parsley

  • 3 Tablespoons Tomato Paste

  • 1/4 Cup Water, Or As Needed

  • 8 Ounces Crumbled Feta Cheese

  • 1 Cup Pecorino Romano Shredded


  1. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add sausage and break apart with a wooden spoon. Cook until sausage is browned thoroughly, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Pour in white wine and stir, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the skillet. Remove sausage mixture from the skillet, place in a bowl, and set aside.

  2. Add olive oil, peppers, and onion to the skillet. Season with a pinch of salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until softened and caramelized, about 10 minutes.

  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch round pie dish with olive oil. Arrange polenta slices over the bottom, overlapping slightly.

  4. Stir tomato paste into pepper mixture in the skillet and cook briefly. Return sausage mixture to pan and stir well. Add water until mixture is saucy but not too thin; you may use less than 1/4 cup. Add feta, chopped parsley and season to taste with salt and pepper. Simmer briefly until thickened. Remove from heat.

  5. Spoon sausage-pepper-feta mixture over polenta in the pie dish and spread evenly. Sprinkle Romano cheese on top.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is melted and lightly browned, 20 to 25 minutes.

  7. Serve with Spinach salad, lemon vinaigrette, beverage.

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