Italian Sausage Ragu
With Cheesy Polenta

>>>Italian Sausage Ragu With Cheesy Polenta
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A real hearty and comforting dish, a perfect Italian sausage ragu over a rich and indulgent cheesy polenta, pass me the red wine!

A real hearty and comforting dish, a perfect Italian sausage ragu over a rich and indulgent cheesy polenta, pass me the red wine!

I’ve been intrigued by sausage ragu recipes on t’interweb for a while, and I figured that it would be a good way to expand my sausage repertoire. Especially as I have been making my own sausages for years as a result the process was not too intimidating and they were yummy.

However given that most of you guys that follow me are American I’m guessing both sweet and spicy Italian sausage is not an unusual ingredient to you. For those of you less familiar, you can make the mix with pork, red wine vinegar, salt pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder sugar, oregano and basil (and chili flakes if spicy).

Afterwards mix together and you are sorted, if you are feeling adventurous stuff in to casings and you have a real treat.

A real hearty and comforting dish, a perfect Italian sausage ragu over a rich and indulgent cheesy polenta, pass me the red wine!

But back to this sausage ragu, I typically see it served with pasta but you all know that I love a cheesy polenta consequently that was my choice for today.

If you liked this recipe, you should like this one too!  Sweet and Sour Roast Pork Tenderloin With Egg Fried Rice

The smoked Gouda worked so very well with the flavours, but you can use any cheese you like. Obviously if you can find a good smoked cheese I would urge you to give it a try.

If you have any other ‘Italian sausage’ ideas or recipes drop me a comment because I’d love to read your recommendations.

A real hearty and comforting dish, a perfect Italian sausage ragu over a rich and indulgent cheesy polenta, pass me the red wine!
5 from 6 votes
A real hearty and comforting dish, a perfect Italian sausage ragu over a rich and indulgent cheesy polenta, pass me the red wine!
Italian Sausage Ragu With Cheesy Polenta
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 5 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
 

A real hearty and comforting dish, a perfect Italian sausage ragu over a rich and indulgent cheesy polenta, pass me the red wine!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian American
Servings: 4
Calories: 876 kcal
Author: Brian Jones
Ingredients
  • 400 g Hot Italian Sausage Skins removed
  • 50 g Onion Finely diced
  • 35 g Celery Finely diced
  • 1 Tsp Olive Oil
  • 350 g Plum Tomatoes From a can is fine, it is what I use at this time of year
  • 1 Tsp Dried Thyme
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1/2 Tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 l Chicken Stock
  • 170 g Polenta
  • 150 g Smoked Gruyere Cheese
  • 100 g Butter
Instructions
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over a low to medium heat.

  2. Add the onion and celery and cook for 10 minutes until softened but not coloured.

  3. Mash the skinless sausage in a bowl and then turn up the heat to high and fry off for 10-15 minutes until nicely coloured.

  4. Add in the tomatoes, thyme, black pepper and bay leaf cover and cook for 30 minutes.

  5. Now we can start the polenta which should take 45 minutes.

  6. Bring your chicken stock to a boil then reduce to a simmer.

  7. Pour in the polenta slowly whilst continuously stirring and continue to stir until cooked.

  8. After 30 minutes remove the lid from the ragu and allow to finish for 15 minutes with the lid off to reduce.

  9. Stir in your cheese and butter until it is melted then serve.

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A real hearty and comforting dish, a perfect Italian sausage ragu over a rich and indulgent cheesy polenta, pass me the red wine!
2018-06-15T12:58:30+00:00

14 Comments

  1. Jacque February 20, 2018 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    Holy moly this looks amazing!

  2. Amanda February 20, 2018 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    I have a weekness for cheesy polenta, and this super flavorful ragu is the perfect companion!!

  3. Jessica Fasano Formicola February 20, 2018 at 12:20 pm - Reply

    This dish is total comfort food for me! I love the smoked cheese in the polenta. I am dying to try this!

  4. Emily February 20, 2018 at 11:04 am - Reply

    This is my idea of perfect comfort food, love it!

  5. Diana February 20, 2018 at 10:31 am - Reply

    Sounds sooo good if paired with a glass of good wine! I need to cook with polenta more often. Great recipe!

    • Brian Jones February 20, 2018 at 2:17 pm - Reply

      Thanks Diana, everything is better with wine… It is just like butter and bacon 😀

  6. Valentina February 20, 2018 at 7:50 am - Reply

    This is so up my alley — I love, love this sort of dish. So perfect on top of a rich and creamy polenta, with my favorite cheese no less! Delicious!

  7. Natalie February 20, 2018 at 7:21 am - Reply

    I absolutely LOVE your photographs! This polenta dish looks delicious and perfect for a romantic dinner. The ragu looks so comforting, and I just can’t wait to try this recipe.

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