Braised Kale, Sausage, and Creamy Polenta

kale-sausage-polenta Photo: Levi Brown


  • Cooking spray
  • 3 fully cooked chicken sausages, cut into chunks
  • 1 cup quick-cooking polenta
  • 2 tablespoons mascarpone cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 cups


1. Coat a large skillet with cooking spray. Cook sausages over medium heat until browned (about 10 minutes).

2. Bring 3 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add polenta. Cook on low, stirring, until thick (about 5 minutes). Stir in cheese, paprika, and pepper. Season with salt.

3. Add the kale to the sausage. Cook until hot (2-3 minutes). Serve over the creamy polenta.

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  • Start with a healthy green like kale to be the cornerstone to a tasty meal of Braised Kale, Sausage, and Creamy Polenta. Luscious mascarpone cheese makes the polenta super creamy--and has fewer calories than butter!
  • Yield: Makes: 4 servings (serving size: 3/4 cup polenta and 1 3/4 cups kale and sausage)

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving: 425
Fat per serving: 18.8g
Saturated fat per serving: 6.1g
Monounsaturated fat per serving: 7.2g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving: 1.3g
Protein per serving: 19g
Carbohydrate per serving: 46g
Fiber per serving: 6g
Cholesterol per serving: 70mg
Iron per serving: 7mg
Sodium per serving: 705mg
Calcium per serving: 145mg

Good to Know

Luscious mascarpone cheese has fewer calories than butter and makes the polenta super creamy!