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Baked Polenta Pie

We love this ground beef or chicken Baked Polenta Pie!  It's hearty and flavorful and a great change up from your regular dinner recipes.

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 5
425 kcal
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Ingredients

  • Polenta
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups polenta also known as grits
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup grated Parmesean cheese
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • Ragu
  • 1 pound ground chicken beef or turkey
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 4 oz can tomato paste
  • 1 14.5 oz can diced tomato un-drained
  • 1 zucchini chopped
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley with more for garnish
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese (such as cheddar monteray jack or a combination of both)
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese

Instructions

  1. Polenta
  2. Bring water to boil. Add polenta. Bring to a simmer and cover loosely (have lid a bit askew so steam escapes). Check after a few minutes and stir. You don't need to stir this constantly but give it a good stir every few minutes. The polenta is done when it is thick, creamy and you can make a good indent in it. Takes about 30 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat. Add butter and parmesan.
  4. Ragu
  5. While polenta is cooking:
  6. In a large skillet, brown your ground meat and transfer to a plate. Drain juices. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in skillet. Add onion and garlic. Sauté until onion is translucent. Add tomato paste, diced tomato. Simmer for a few minutes. Add zucchini and herbs. Simmer about 10 minutes until thick.
  7. Spray an 8 x 8 baking pan or deep pie dish with non stick cooking spray. Pour in polenta. Using the back of a spoon, push the polenta up the sides of the dish. Creating a well in the middle.This will get easier as it cools. Once you have a shallow 'pool' in the center, add your ragu.
  8. Bake for 40 minutes at 375 degrees until puffy and hot in the middles. Top with grated cheese and bake for additional 5 minutes.
  9. Serve and top with Parmesan Cheese!
Nutrition Facts
Baked Polenta Pie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 425 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 35%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 119mg 40%
Sodium 1734mg 72%
Potassium 1069mg 31%
Total Carbohydrates 50g 17%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 7g
Protein 30g 60%
Vitamin A 22.1%
Vitamin C 19.9%
Calcium 30.4%
Iron 21.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.