Turkey Sausage on Polenta

Quick-cooking polenta is topped with a saucy mix of tomato, bell peppers and crumbled turkey sausage in this quick protein- and veggie-rich dish.

Maya Visnyei
Prep Time
15 min
15 min


  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 3 3- to 4-oz sweet or hot all-natural Italian low-fat turkey sausage, casings removed and crumbled
  • 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 3 cups jarred all-natural marinara sauce
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup finely ground cornmeal
  • 6 fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped


  1. In a medium pot, bring 3 cups water to a boil.
  2. Meanwhile, mist a large nonstick skillet with cooking spay and heat on medium-high. Add sausage and cook, breaking up with a spoon, until browned and cooked through, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined bowl.
  3. Return pan to medium-high. Add onion and peppers and cook, stirring frequently, until softened, about 4 minutes. Return sausage to pan and stir in marinara sauce. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 6 minutes, until thickened slightly. Add pepper flakes and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Meanwhile, to boiling water, whisk in cornmeal in a slow, thin stream, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until incorporated. Reduce heat to low and continue to stir polenta for 5 to 8 minutes, until thick. (NOTE: Take extra caution as polenta can splatter. If desired, use an oven mitt while stirring.) If a thinner consistency is desired, adjust by adding additional hot water, 1/4 cup at a time, to reach desired consistency. Season with additional salt and pepper. Divide polenta among serving plates and top evenly with sausage mixture. Top with basil.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 2 cups
  • Calories 326
  • Carbohydrate Content 47 g
  • Cholesterol Content 38 mg
  • Fat Content 8 g
  • Fiber Content 7 g
  • Protein Content 16 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 0.5 g
  • Sodium Content 474 mg
  • Sugar Content 12 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 0 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 1 g