Freecipe: Polenta-Basil Parmesan Bake


1 tablespoon olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 small white onion, chopped

1 handful fresh basil, chopped

1 – 28 oz. can “Tuscano” Marinara Sauce (Trader Joes brand)

2 – 18 oz. tubes organic (non-GMO) polenta (Trader Joes brand)

3 oz. parmesan cheese, grated

Olive oil cooking spray


9” x 13” baking dish

Large saute pan

Wooden spoon

Aluminum foil


  1. Preheat oven to 350 °F for 10 minutes.
  2. Coat baking dish with a thin layer of olive oil cooking spray
  3. Slice polenta into ¾” slices and place evenly in baking dish to fill the bottom.  Lightly spray the tops of the polenta with cooking spray.  Set aside.
  4. Place 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat.  When hot, add garlic and onion.  Cook for a few minutes until soft.
  5. Add 1 can marinara sauce and chopped basil to the pan.  Lower heat to medium-low and simmer for 5 minutes until aromatic.
  6. Pour sauce evenly over the polenta.  Sprinkle with parmesan cheese to cover.
  7. Place a sheet of aluminum foil over the top and seal tightly.  Bake for 15-20 minutes until heated through.
  8. Cool for 5 minutes before serving.

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