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Polenta Tomato Sauce

Halburt's picture
Polenta should be served soft from the pot, or chilled and then pan-fried. Wild mushrooms, cheese, fresh herbs, and olives are good additions to this grain.
Ingredients
  Pepper To Taste
  Water 1 Quart
  Stone ground cornmeal 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Quinoa 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Olive oil 2 Tablespoon
  Minced onion 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Portobello mushroom 1 Large, chopped
  Garlic 3 Clove (15 gm), minced
  Stewed tomatoes 2 Can (20 oz)
  Sherry 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Crushed red pepper flakes 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Dried oregano 1 Teaspoon
  Chopped green onions 3 Cup (48 tbs)
  Grated parmesan cheese 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Shaved parmesan cheese 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
Directions

1. In a small bowl whisk together 2 cups water with the cornmeal, quinoa and salt. Bring the remaining 2 cups water to a boil in a heavy saucepan. Stir the cornmeal mixture into the boiling water, and continue stirring. Be careful! The polenta may spit and sputter and the hot bits of polenta can burn. Turn the heat to very low and cook the polenta for 40 minutes; stirring with a wooden spoon every 10 minutes.

2. Make the tomato sauce while the polenta cooks: Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat, add the onions. Cook the onions for about 5 minutes, stirring often, until they have softened. Stir in the chopped mushrooms and the garlic, saute for 5 minutes. Then add the tomatoes, sherry, chili flakes and oregano. When the sauce comes to a boil turn the heat to low. Simmer the sauce for 30 minutes; season with salt and pepper.

3. When the polenta has cooked for 40 minutes sprinkle the green onions and grated cheese into the polenta. Stir well. Mound the polenta on plates, make a well in the center of each mound and ladle in the tomato sauce. Garnish with the shaved cheese.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
Italian
Course: 
Main Dish
Taste: 
Spicy
Feel: 
Smooth
Occasion: 
Christmas, Wedding
Interest: 
Holiday, Kids, Gourmet, Party
Ingredient: 
Vegetable
Preparation Time: 
25 Minutes
Cook Time: 
130 Minutes
Ready In: 
155 Minutes
Servings: 
5

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1 Comment

shantihhh's picture
Great recipe, I have never used quinoa with polenta-I will give that try. We love quinoa it is so healthy and yummy. Thanks watch the many TomatoFest videos on iFood.tv