Serve Italian comfort food in a polenta dish with roasted vegetables and sausage.
Weï¿½ve shrunk the calorie count of this dish by using lean turkey sausage rather than its fattier, more caloric counterparts. To save time, use store-bought tube polenta.
4 cups water
1 cup polenta
1 small fennel bulb (about 1/2 pound), stem and fronds removed, sliced thin
1 yellow or orange bell pepper, sliced (about 1 cup)
1/2 red onion, sliced (about 1 cup)
2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
4 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
4 (4-ounce) lean Italian turkey sausage links
1 cup water
2 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley (optional)
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 425ï¿½.
Coat a 3-quart baking dish with cooking spray. Combine 4 cups water with cornmeal, and pour into prepared baking dish. Set aside.
Slice fennel into very thin pieces. Place in a 9- x 13-inch baking dish. Add bell pepper, red onion, tomatoes, and garlic. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with oregano. Toss to coat. Arrange turkey sausage on top, and add 1 cup water.
Bake sausage and vegetables, uncovered, at 425ï¿½ for 20 minutes. Remove from oven; turn sausages and toss vegetables. Place half of vegetable mixture on top of sausages before returning dish to oven.
Reduce oven temperature to 350ï¿½. Stir cornmeal mixture lightly and place in oven. Bake 45 minutes. Remove cornmeal from oven; stir gently with a fork and return to oven. Bake both dishes 10 additional minutes or until vegetables are completely soft and a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of a sausage registers 170ï¿½. Remove from oven.
Stir polenta with a fork; add salt. Polenta will continue to thicken as it stands. Top polenta with chopped parsley, if desired Serve polenta and sausage topped with vegetables and pan sauce.
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