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Monday, March 15, 2021

Italian Sausage Polenta Pie

Super easy, and so delicious! Bake up a pie pan of polenta with sausage, onions, and garlic for Italian Sausage Polenta Pie! Add a ladle of red sauce (and I know just the right one!) a sprinkle of fresh Parmesan Cheese for homemade on a weeknight!

How to make Italian Sausage Polenta Pie.
Making a savory dinner pie is as easy as baking your delicious creation in a pie plate, which is what I did! We love polenta in this house and conveniently we also love Italian sausage. In the natural order of things, it was only a matter of time before some Italian sausage was stirred into a pot of cooked polenta and a delicious dinner pie was the result. 

Are you a polenta fan? Italian Sausage Polenta Pie.

Polenta is so easy to make, but depending upon the type you do need to plan ahead for cooking time. We use a quick-cooking polenta, which is nothing more than a finer milled product. Since the pieces are smaller, so is the cooking time. If you cook the sausage with a bit of onion and garlic while the water for the polenta is coming to a boil, this really does come together fast!


From there a quick bake in the oven is all that is needed. Cook up some green beans, and maybe put a fruit plate together and dinner is done. But the best part? Dinner is freshly cooked in your kitchen, by you, for those you love! Those ingredients are the perfect seasoning...


Ingredients needed for this recipe:
  • Italian sausage
  • olive oil
  • polenta
  • onion
  • garlic
  • salt
  • pepper
  • Parmesan Cheese
You will also need the following:
  • frying pan
  • cutting board
  • kitchen knife
  • medium-sized saucepan with lid
  • deep-dish pie plate
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • silicone spatula
Now we are ready to begin!


Make a mid-week dinner pie, Italian Sausage Polenta Pie.


Italian Sausage Polenta Pie
by the seat of my pants
350-degree oven

1 pound Italian sausage - bulk style
1 onion, diced
2 to 3 cloves garlic, minced
1 T olive oil
Parmesan Cheese
1 c Polenta
water and salt as listed on the polenta package 
Red Sauce for serving, I recommend this one


In a large skillet, drizzle the olive oil, add the diced onion and the minced garlic, begin cooking over medium heat. Crumble the Italian sausage over the onion pieces and garlic. 


Cook stirring frequently over medium heat until the sausage is cooked and the onion pieces are tender.  Drain off excess fat. Set cooked sausage aside until needed. 


Bring the listed amount of water and salt from the polenta package to a boil. Slowly sprinkle the polenta into the water. Carefully cook the polenta until thick, taking care, polenta will often "spit" up when boiling. 


When the polenta is cooked, immediately stir the sausage mixture into the polenta along with a generous amount of Parmesan Cheese. I use my old standby favorite with the green lid! 


Use your favorite red sauce with Italian Sausage Polenta Pie!

Turn the polenta and sausage mixture into a deep-dish pie plate. You may sprinkle additional Parmesan Cheese over the top if desired. Bake 35 to 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and let rest 10 minutes, serve with red sauce and additional Parmesan cheese if desired. 


Storage options for Italian Sausage Polenta Pie. You may refrigerate this pie for up to three days. While I have not tried this frozen, I would not recommend that this dish be frozen. 


UPDATE:  For your convenience, a "copy and paste" version of Italian Sausage Polenta Pie has been included below. 
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Printable "copy and paste" version:
Italian Sausage Polenta Pie
by the seat of my pants
350-degree oven

1 pound Italian sausage - bulk style
1 onion, diced
2 to 3 cloves garlic, minced
1 T olive oil
Parmesan Cheese
1 c Polenta
water and salt as listed on the polenta package 
Red Sauce for serving, I recommend this one

In a large skillet, drizzle the olive oil, add the diced onion and the minced garlic, begin cooking over medium heat. Crumble the Italian sausage over the onion pieces and garlic. 

Cook stirring frequently over medium heat until the sausage is cooked and the onion pieces are tender.  Drain off excess fat. Set cooked sausage aside until needed. 

Bring the listed amount of water and salt from the polenta package to a boil. Slowly sprinkle the polenta into the water. Carefully cook the polenta until thick, taking care, polenta will often "spit" up when boiling. 

When the polenta is cooked, immediately stir the sausage mixture into the polenta along with a generous amount of Parmesan Cheese. I use my old standby favorite with the green lid! 
Turn the polenta and sausage mixture into a deep-dish pie plate. You may sprinkle additional Parmesan Cheese over the top if desired. Bake 35 to 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and let rest 10 minutes, serve with red sauce and additional Parmesan cheese if desired. 

Storage options for Italian Sausage Polenta Pie. You may refrigerate this pie for up to three days. While I have not tried this frozen, I would not recommend that this dish be frozen. 

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  1. I would definitely make this. And perfect, as yesterday was Pi Day.

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    1. We loved it and will enjoy this again, (and again!). It goes perfect with Marcella Hazen's Tomato Sauce with Butter and Onion.

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  2. I've never heard of polenta! I'll have to check it out. Thanks so much for sharing this at our Party in Your PJs link party.

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    1. Polenta is a favorite around here, I hope you give it a try! Thanks for hosting, I appreciate it.

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  3. I like polenta but have only had it as a side. I made polenta fries a few times, so good. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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    1. Hi Tina, I hope you give this easy dinner pie a try! I must think about some polenta fries...

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  4. Melynda that looks so satisfying and delicious!! Thanks for stopping by! Hope your week is going fabulous!

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    1. Thanks Helen! It has been enjoyed at our table, especially on those nights when it seems dinner is the last thing I think of!

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    1. In the end with a fine grain polenta, it is quicker than pasta. Plus no draining...

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  6. i love polenta but i would use a chicken sausage maybe. this looks very tasty!

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    1. Absolutely, use your favorite! I hope you like this as much as we did, easy and so delicious!

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