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Crisp Polenta Topped with Sautéed Spinach and Slow-Simmered Mushroom & Meat Sauce

Crisp Polenta Topped with Sautéed Spinach and Slow-Simmered Mushroom & Meat Sauce

Amazing is the word that comes to mind when I think of this delicious lunch I recently made. I had leftover rustic slow-simmered mushroom meat sauce in the fridge and I also had a tube of polenta, fresh spinach, and Parmesan. I fried up the sliced polenta in a combination of butter and olive oil until crisp and golden brown. I topped the sliced polenta with some garlicky sautéed spinach followed by a dollop of the mushroom meat sauce and a sprinkling of parmesan. I absolutely loved this utterly delicious meal and I thought it had a fantastic combination of flavors and textures too. I can’t believe I’ve never thought to make something like this before. I really want to make it again for dinner because I think my family would love it too.

Crisp Polenta Topped with Sautéed Spinach and Slow-Simmered Mushroom & Meat Sauce

How to Make Crisp Polenta Topped with Sautéed Spinach and Slow-Simmered Mushroom & Meat Sauce

Heat the leftover rustic slow-simmered mushroom meat sauce in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until warmed through.

While the sauce is warming, heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil and the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sliced polenta to the hot pan and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until golden brown. Flip over and cook the other side for 2-3 minutes, or until golden brown.

While the polenta slices are cooking, heat the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil in another skillet over medium heat. Add the spinach, minced garlic, crushed red pepper, sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Cook, stirring constantly for 1-2 minutes, or until spinach is just wilted but still bright green. Remove from the heat.

Place the crisp polenta slices on the serving plate. Top with a spoonful of garlicky sautéed spinach followed by a dollop of the warmed mushroom meat sauce. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and top with a piece of fresh parsley, if desired. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

Crisp Polenta Topped with Sautéed Spinach and Slow-Simmered Mushroom & Meat Sauce

Crisp Polenta Topped with Sautéed Spinach and Slow-Simmered Mushroom & Meat Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Appies & Snacks
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 1
Author: Pam - For the Love of Cooking

Ingredients

  • ½ cup Rustic Slow-Simmered Mushroom and Meat Sauce click on link up above for the recipe
  • tsp olive oil divided
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 3 slices of basil garlic polenta
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1 clove of garlic minced
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste
  • Fresh parmesan shredded
  • Fresh parsley garnish

Instructions

  • Heat the leftover rustic slow-simmered mushroom meat sauce in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until warmed through.
  • While the sauce is warming, heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil and the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add the sliced polenta to the hot pan and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until golden brown. Flip over and cook the other side for 2-3 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • While the polenta slices are cooking, heat the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil in another skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the spinach, minced garlic, crushed red pepper, sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Cook, stirring constantly for 1-2 minutes, or until spinach is just wilted but still bright green. Remove from the heat.
  • Place the crisp polenta slices on the serving plate. Top with a spoonful of garlicky sautéed spinach followed by a dollop of the warmed mushroom meat sauce. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and top with a piece of fresh parsley, if desired.
  • Serve immediately. Enjoy!
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10 Comments

  1. Great creation Pam – I really like everything on there.

  2. I was jealous of how perfectly round your polenta was, until I saw the tube. Seriously, this looks like a great lunch or after school snack!

  3. 5 stars
    I’ve never tried polenta, and this recipe might just be perfect for my first go! Thank you!

  4. I’m a huge fan of polenta, so these crispy little disks look just perfect! Meat sauce is definitely one of my favorite toppers.