Baked Polenta with Peperonata Sauce

Baked Polenta with Peperonata Sauce

Add Italian flavor to your family’s dinner! Enjoy this tasty polenta casserole made with peperonata sauce - ready in about an hour.

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Peperonata Sauce
tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
medium onions, chopped (1 1/2 cups)
clove garlic, finely chopped
cup chopped pitted Kalamata or ripe olives
tablespoon chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
teaspoon salt
teaspoon pepper
can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained
jar (12 ounces) roasted red bell peppers, drained and chopped
tube (16 ounces) refrigerated polenta
1 1/4
cups grated Romano or Parmesan cheese
  1. Heat oven to 350º. Spray 2-quart casserole or 8 x 8-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In 3-quart saucepan, heat oil in over medium heat. Add onions and garlic; cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onions are crisp-tender. Stir in Peperonata Sauce remaining ingredients. Simmer uncovered about 8 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  3. Cut polenta into twelve 1/2-inch slices. Arrange 6 slices polenta on bottom of casserole. Spread half of the sauce over polenta. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup of the cheese. Repeat with remaining polenta, sauce and cheese.
  4. Bake uncovered 35 to 40 minutes or until heated through and cheese is light brown. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
Makes 6 servings
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
If you’re short of time, you may like to substitute a 32-ounce jar of your favorite thick-and-chunky-style spaghetti sauce-try to find one flavored with ripe olives-for the Peperonata Sauce. You can also make this colorful casserole ahead of time. Cover and refrigerate it up to 24 hours and just plan on an extra 10 to 15 minutes of baking time.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
  • Calories 270
    • (Calories from Fat 140),
  • Total Fat 16g
    • (Saturated Fat 5g,
    • Trans Fat 0g),
  • Cholesterol 20mg;
  • Sodium 1050mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 22g
    • (Dietary Fiber 3g,
    • Sugars 6g),
  • Protein 11g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    • 1 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 0 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 0 Skim Milk;
    • 0 Low-Fat Milk;
    • 0 Milk;
    • 1 Vegetable;
    • 0 Very Lean Meat;
    • 0 Lean Meat;
    • 0 High-Fat Meat;
    • 2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 1 1/2;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.