{meatless monday} – cheesy polenta w/ homemade tomato sauce

15 Oct

i made this dish weeks ago, and have had this blog in queue for a while now… i had quite a collection of blogs to  keep me updating regularly, but i haven’t been cooking much this week and so my recipe backups are all gone now yikes! — see, i had a rather busy week, and another one ahead.  i’m using up what’s in my kitchen to rid my fridge because i leave for a trip to NEW YORK CITY this week!


but today – today will be spent in front of my computer with WORDPRESS CLOSED so i can focus — i’ll be editing a wedding i had the privilege of fotographing this past weekend amidst the fall foliage and log-cabin backdrop.  it was gorgeous and i can’t wait to share some of the fotos!

in the meantime, here is a simple recipe for a simple side dish…

usually when i make polenta, i just search for random stuff to put on top of it. and i always buy organic — because polenta is corn, and you know how i feel about GMO

– delicious organic cherry tomatoes

– leftover baby spinach

– a few cloves of garlic

– some tomato paste

– and a sweet onion – cuz i love ’em…

begin by chopping the onion {you’ll only need half} and sauteing it on medium heat with a couple spins of EVOO in the pan…

i don’t really caramalize them for this dish, i just wilt the onion down and then toss in some chopped tomatoes – about 2 cups…?  i threw some early girl tomatoes in there as well – they are so delicious!  of course i leave the skins on everything – it’s where the most nutrients live!

meanwhile, open your polenta {i buy the prepared “soft” kind} and warm it up in a separate pan with a smidgen of veggie stock.  once it breaks up, add in a little more stock and some cheese of your choice.  i think i used up some sharp cheddar i had because i love it…

check on your other pan – squish your cherry tomatoes to release their juices {racheal ray taught me this!}

squeeze in some tomato paste to taste {nice.}  i also threw in some spinach at the last minute and wilted it down…

let the sauce simmer for a minute or two… and once the polenta is creamy to your liking, turn off the heat and grab a bowl…

top with cheese and serve it with a yummy crusty baguette…

and have seconds 🙂

8 Responses to “{meatless monday} – cheesy polenta w/ homemade tomato sauce”

  1. anthony0358 October 15, 2012 at 10:16 am #

    I love this! We have to try this on a Sunday in my apartment


  2. mylifeisthebestlife October 15, 2012 at 11:12 am #

    I’ve never had polenta before 😦


  3. Our Growing Paynes October 15, 2012 at 12:47 pm #

    This is how we like our polenta. Not baked or fried in little cakes but creamy.


    • cooking with audrey October 15, 2012 at 12:49 pm #

      awesome, me too! do you have a favourite recipe?


      • Our Growing Paynes October 15, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

        Just my mum’s. And I usually do something similar with a tomato sauce. That’s the only way I’ve had it!


  4. sani panini October 15, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

    This sounds so great, love the pics!


  5. ctotir October 16, 2012 at 7:32 am #

    This is very good!!!



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