Baked Polenta with Tomato Sauce recipe

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2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
½ cup chopped celery
½ cup finely chopped carrots
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 (28 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, undrained
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
⅓ cup chopped fresh basil
sea salt and ground white pepper to taste
4 cups water
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup dry polenta
2 cups grated Fontina cheese
aluminum foil

Nutrition Info

334.6 calories
carbohydrate: 30 g
cholesterol: 44 mg
fat: 18.2 g
fiber: 3.9 g
protein: 14.4 g
saturatedFat: 8.2 g
servingSize: -
sodium: 1087.6 mg
sugar: 6.5 g
transFat: : -
unsaturatedFat: : -


  1. Grease an 8-inch square baking dish.

  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, celery, and carrots and cook until onions are translucent and carrots are just tender, 5 to 10 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook 2 to 3 minutes more. Add tomatoes and juices, breaking up tomatoes with a spoon. Add parsley and oregano, bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, uncovered, until sauce is reduced to 3 cups, about 15 minutes. Mix in fresh basil and season with sea salt and pepper.

  3. While sauce is reducing, combine water and 1 teaspoon sea salt in a large saucepan, bring to a boil. Slowly whisk in polenta. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring often, until polenta is thick and cooked through, about 10 minutes.

  4. Spread 1/3 of the tomato sauce into the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Pour 1/2 of the polenta over the sauce and sprinkle with 1/2 of the Fontina cheese. Layer with 1/2 of the remaining sauce, the remaining polenta, the remaining cheese, and the rest of the sauce. Cover with aluminum foil and let sit at room temperature for 2 hours.

  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until heated through, about 25 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Recipe Yield

1 8-inch casserole

Recipe Note

Baked polenta casserole with Fontina cheese and tomato sauce. Even meat lovers will love this yummy vegetarian dish.

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