This quick version of a classic Northern Italian dish uses Italian sausage and our quick-cooking Mediterranean Kale Polenta to significantly reduce cook time. Calabrian chiles, roasted garlic and red bell pepper give this dish its wonderfully fragrant flavor and a punch of spicy heat.

Prep time: 5 min

Cook time: 30 min

Total time: 35 min

Mediterranean Kale Polenta with Spicy Italian Sausage Ragu
Copyright Recipe © 2015 Woodland Foods


Makes 6 to 8 servings


  1. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage and cook, breaking up into small bits with back of spoon or potato masher, until well browned.

  2. Add onion, garlic, thyme and oregano. Cook, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Pour in wine, and scrape up any brown bits from bottom of pan using spoon or spatula.

  3. Add tomatoes, crushed red pepper, ground fennel seed, salt and black pepper. Bring to a boil, and cook until sauce is slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning.

  4. Bring water to boil in large saucepan. Slowly pour in polenta. Reduce heat to simmer and cook, whisking, for 3 minutes, until very thick.

  5. Serve sausage ragu on top of bed of polenta, topped with grated Parmesan.