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Friday Food: Sausage Ragu and Polenta

RaguI need to hone my polenta skills. MrsReno and MrsHouse Of warned me. I followed the instructions to a T, but my polenta went right past creamy to lumpy. I eschewed the already prepared and the instant and went for the old fashioned polenta, the kind where you stir rigorously for 20 minutes. I need to make some more tomorrow and get it right. It still tasted OK, but wasn't creamy and sumptuous.

The ragu, on the other hand, was delicious. I was very pleased and I had some for my tea with rice as well. It would be better with mashed potatoes if you don't want to have polenta, and the potatoes could boil while the ragu cooks. I had to juggle the polenta's continuous stirring with the ragu.

The sausages need to be spicy Italian or the equivalent. This was a Woolworths recipe from their May Fresh magazine* and I bought the sausages they suggested.


Sausage Ragu with Polenta   serves 4

  • 1 tbspn olive oil
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 stick of celery, diced
  • 1 brown onion, diced
  • 420g Beef and Pork Italian sausages, skin removed
  • 700g bottle of passata
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 bunch basil
  • 1 cup plain polenta cooked according to packet and add 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese and 20g butter, or mashed potatoes, or rice

Heat the oil in a large pan over a medium heat and saute the carrot, celery and onion for about 10 minutes, keeping an eye on it and stirring frequently. The vegetables should be nicely softened.

Saute vegetables

Prepare the sausages by making a cut lengthwise just through the skin with a sharp knife and then peeling the skin off. Break the sausage meat into small meatball portions, the ones I made were the size of a walnut shell. I made 5 or 6 from each sausage. Add the sausage meat to the pan and continue to cook for a further 8 minutes, again stirring as needed. The meat will brown all over and the vegetables will be tender.

Add sausage meat

Pour in the passata and the water, turn down to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes. Cook the polenta now, if it is the old-fashioned kind, or set the potatoes or rice to cook.

And passata

Cook the instant polenta closer to serving time.

Cook polenta

When the ragu is ready, chop most of the basil leaves and stir through. Save a few leaves for garnishing if you wish.

Add basil

Serve the ragu with the polenta, basil leaves and some extra grated Parmesan leaves.

Sausage ragu and polenta

* The May issue wasn't there when I made the link. I expect it will be there anon.



ooh that looks delicious. I'm going to try it this weekend! :-)


Oh I must try this,I have to start using very economic recipes my Hubbys closing his shop and money will be tighter


That looks yummy and easy! I actually tore that recipe out of the magazine last night. What brand passata did you use? Would tinned diced tomatoes do?


Yum, that sounds like a great winter meal, and since it's sausage, Connor might even eat it! (He's not been overly keen on stews and the like so far, sadly)


It looks delicious!


oooh yum. ive been making pork meatballs with polenta but this looks like a good alternative. there is no way i am stirring polenta anymore, the instant stuff is so much easier and is perfect everytime! but im sure it doesnt taste as good as yours.


This ragu sounds yummy. Not sure about the polenta though.....I've never really eaten it a lot. I think it's a safer bet for me with good old mash.

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