Recipe: Sausages with soft polenta

JILL DUPLEIX
Last updated 11:54 09/06/2014
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Main ingredient Sausages
Type of dish Italian
Course Dinner
Cooking time <30 min
Serves/makes 4
Special options None

1 tbsp olive oil
500g thick Italian pork sausages, skinned
2 garlic cloves, finely sliced
200ml light red wine
400g canned, chopped tomatoes
1 tbsp tomato paste
2 rosemary sprigs, chopped
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 ball buffalo mozzarella, drained
300ml milk
400ml vegetable stock
150g instant polenta
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp grated parmesan, plus extra for serving
2 tbsp sage leaves
Sea salt and pepper

1. Heat oil in a frying pan. Pinch sausage meat into bite-sized chunks and drop into the pan. Add garlic and cook over low heat, turning meat until browned.

2. Add wine and bring to the boil. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, rosemary and oregano and simmer gently for 10 minutes. Tear mozzarella into small pieces.

3. To make polenta, bring milk and stock to the boil. Gradually whisk in polenta, swapping to a wooden spoon when it thickens. Stir over gentle heat for five minutes. Beat in butter, parmesan, sea salt and pepper and pour onto four warm dinner plates. Spoon sausage stew on top, and scatter with mozzarella, sage and extra parmesan.

Let the mozzarella warm and soften in the heat on the way to the table. For vegetarians, top the polenta with glossy, green silverbeet tossed in chilli oil instead.

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