Polenta with Marinara for Recipe Friday

This is a new recipe that I just came up with the other night. I had purchased a roll of pre-made polenta at the store. I know, if you’re a purist you would cook your own polenta, but life’s too short and this stuff is pretty tasty and very easy. It looks like this:

I was making the polenta as a side dish for some pork chops, and this really was a wing-it-with-what-I-had type of recipe, but it turned out pretty good.

Polenta with Marinara


Polenta (San Gennaro pre-cooked in a tube)
1-2 tbsp butter
1 can ready cut tomatoes
1 clove garlic
Fresh basil leaves


Melt butter in a large non-stick skillet on medium heat. Slice polenta approximately 1/3 inch thick. Sprinkle a little oregano, basil, and rosemary in the skillet, place the polenta slices in the skillet, and sprinkle a little more of the spices on top of each slice. Cover and let brown for 5 or 10 minutes. Keep an eye on it to make sure they polenta doesn’t burn. [Note: I’m not very good with times when I cook, I just kind of wing it, which sometimes backfires, but usually works okay.]

While the polenta is frying, put the tomatoes, sliced garlic clove, several torn basil leaves (or dry basil if that is all you have), and a dash of salt into a small food processor and blend. Turn polenta and fry on the other side for a few minutes. Pour tomato mixture over the polenta and cover again. Simmer for 5 minutes, turn polenta again, and simmer a few more minutes. It is now ready to serve.

In retrospect, this would have been good with a bit of parmesan cheese sprinkled over the top, but I didn’t think of that at the time. I guess there’s always next time!

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4 Responses

  1. Good stuff, Lady Linda

    I thought the ‘rice stuff’ was as easy as it got 😉

    If I get a chance to try this, I’ll add the Parmesan. Cheese is always good 🙂

    Thanks as always.


    P.S. – you should write a book ” dinner in 20 minutes or it’s free!” lol

    • Ann, I’m not sure I have enough original recipes for a book! But I’m glad you enjoy the recipes. I was going to post my lasagne recipe today, but it is NOT easy and I didn’t have time. Peace, Linda

  2. I love that . . .life’s too short and this stuff is pretty tasty and easy. 🙂 I often have to go the quick route and this sounds so good! Thank you!

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