Baked Polenta with Chunky Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

As much as I love cooking, my kitchen is not cut out for complicated recipes. There is very little counter space, no room to store fancy equipment, and the apartment-size oven only has one small rack. Not that I haven’t made complex dishes; it just gets a little crazy in there. Picture pots and pans on every square inch of free space!

So for the most part, I am all about quick and easy recipes, like my Baked Polenta with Chunky Roasted Red Pepper Sauce. This dish uses healthy convenience foods to create a meal that is ready in minutes. And it’s so delicious, too!

Give this recipe a try the next time you are looking for a tasty, yet effortless dish.

Baked Polenta with Chunky Roasted Red Pepper Sauce | Hello Little HomeBaked Polenta with Chunky Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed or minced
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • 1 14.5-oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 12-oz. jar roasted red peppers, chopped
  • 5 large leaves fresh basil, roughly chopped (plus additional for serving)
  • 1 18-oz. tube prepared polenta
  • 1 cup shredded Italian blend cheese (I like Trader Joe’s Quattro Formaggio)
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Add olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes, and a pinch of salt to a large skillet. Turn burner on to medium heat and, when hot, saute 1 – 2 minutes or until fragrant.

Saute Garlic | Hello Little HomeTo skillet, add tomatoes and chopped red peppers. Stir well and bring sauce to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes, or until thickened slightly.

Chunky Roasted Red Pepper Sauce | Hello Little HomeStir chopped basil into sauce and season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside.

Add Basil to Chunky Roasted Red Pepper Sauce | Hello Little HomeSpray a baking dish with nonstick spray. Thinly slice polenta into 12 thin rounds. Place polenta slices in baking dish, overlapping to fit. Cover polenta with tomato-pepper sauce, then sprinkle with cheese. Bake polenta for 10 – 15 minutes, or until cheese is lightly browned.

Preparing Baked Polenta with Chunky Roasted Red Pepper Sauce | Hello Little HomeTip: arrange the polenta in 4 separate stacks in the baking dish . It makes serving the meal a snap!

Divide baked polenta among 4 plates and garnish with extra basil, if desired. Enjoy!

Baked Polenta with Chunky Roasted Red Pepper Sauce | Hello Little HomeWhat is your favorite quick and easy meal?

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15 thoughts on “Baked Polenta with Chunky Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

  1. Karly

    Oooo, Ginnie, this looks delicious! Polenta has always been the bane of my existence, ha ha ha, I swear I can never make a good polenta dish. Definitely going to be giving this one a try!

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  2. Alecia

    I have been wanting to try polenta and can’t wait to try this. Thank you for linking up to Tasty Tuesdays last week. I wanted to drop by and let you know that I will be featuring your recipe on Tasty Tuesdays tomorrow on my site, Detours in Life. Congrats!

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