Dinner Week: Parmesan Pesto Polenta w/ Caramelized Onions & Italian Sausage

Hi friends! Happy Tuesday ( and Day 1 of Dinner Week ) !!! Polenta is essentially cornmeal boiled in water and typically used in Italian cooking. It is one of my favorite dishes because for one, it’s gluten free and two, it’s extremely versatile and can be prepared so many different ways with many different ingredients! My favorite way to make it is the classical way with a little bit of butter and a whole lot of cheese ;) In my opinion, it is best topped with some kind of sausage or seafood!

Today’s recipe incorporates polenta with Italian sausage and lots of veggies and topped off with pesto for extra flavor! Don’t be intimidated by this recipe as it is very easy and delicious :)



Parmesan Polenta

  • 2 cups polenta
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 cup of parmigiano reggiano
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1-2 tablespoons of pepper (taste before adding it all in)
  • 4-5 tablespoons of salt (taste before adding it all in)
  • 1/4 cup of dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup of chicken stock

***Bring the 6 cups of water to a boil, gradually stir in the two cups of polenta. Continue to stir for around 20-30 minutes to obtain a creamy texture. While stirring add in the butter, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Once creamy, add the white wine and chicken stock and continue stirring***




Parmesan Polenta Toppings

  • 1 Italian sausage
  • 1/2 of yellow onion large dice
  • 1/2 of red pepper small dice
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 dollop of pesto (on top)

***Once polenta is just about finished, saute the peppers, onions, garlic, and chicken sausage in some olive oil until caramelized. Serve the toppings on top of a bed of polenta and finish it off with a dollop of pesto for color and taste***


Enjoy dinner week part one and look out for Thursdays meal!!





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