Meat Sauce & Roasted Polenta

Polenta with meat sauce

This combination of meat sauce and polenta is always a favorite of mine. The best part is that it can be done ahead of time and reheated during the week for a quick dinner or for a simple lunch.

Polenta with meat sauce
CourseMain Course
DietGluten Free


Ingredients for Meat Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 pound ground beef 4-7 % fat
  • 1 16-oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 6-oz can tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon oregano

Ingredients for Roasted Polenta

  • 1 roll precooked Polenta* sliced into 1/2 inch slices
  • cooking oil spray
  • salt to taste
  • garlic powder to taste


Directions for Meat Sauce

  • Heat up a medium sauce pan on medium heat. Add the oil and let it heat up for 1 minute. Add the onion and garlic and saute for about 5 minutes, or until onion is translucent.
  • Add the ground beef and cook until the meat is brown. Make sure to stir around and break apart the meat. Do not let it form into chunks.
  • Add the tomato sauce, tomato paste and oregano. Cook for 20-30 minutes.

Directions for Roasted Polenta

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Spray a 9×9 sheet pan with your preferred cooking oil spray. Place the polenta slices on the sheet try and sprinkle with salt and garlic powder.
  • Place in the oven and let it cook for about 20-25 minutes.


*Polenta can take a long time to make, but purchasing the precooked rolls from your supermarket can save you some time. You can prepare the roasted polenta cakes while the meat sauce is already cooking.
Serving size is 4 slices of polenta and 1 cup sauce.
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