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Italian Summer Squash Polenta Bake

Italian Summer Squash Polenta Bake

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Melissa McGee

Fresh summer vegetables paired with creamy polenta baked in an Italian sauce and topped with cheese -- delicioso! I recommend serving it with crusty garlic bread.

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  • Calories:
  • 333 kcal
  • 17%
  • Fat:
  • 18.6 g
  • 29%
  • Carbs:
  • 29.2g
  • 9%
  • Protein:
  • 13.2 g
  • 26%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 29 mg
  • 10%
  • Sodium:
  • 797 mg
  • 32%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Saute carrots, zucchini, squash, onion and bell pepper in a large saucepan with a small amount of olive oil. Season with garlic salt and pepper. Saute vegetables for approximately 5 minutes and pour in spaghetti sauce. Stir, cover and simmer until vegetables are slightly tender.
  3. Slice polenta into 1/2 inch circles and season with garlic salt and pepper. Heat enough oil in a medium skillet so as to completely cover the entire bottom of the pan. Pan fry seasoned polenta in hot oil, about 3 minutes per side. Remove from oil and layer the slices in a large casserole dish. Spoon the vegetable mixture over the polenta and then sprinkle with Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.
  4. Bake casserole for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes before serving.
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Reviews

appia9
89
3/19/2007

Since I find the idea of buying polenta in a tube absolutely unconscionable(you're paying how much for cornmeal and water??), I spent the 30 seconds to make my own and refrigerated it before slicing. The dish turned out very well. I added a bit more spaghetti sauce, and used whatever hard cheeses I had in the fridge mixed with mozzarella.

HAWESA
58
6/11/2007

I really like the taste of this dish, but it's a lot of effort. Next time I would skip frying the polenta, as it ends up just getting soft again in the casserole (and it adds a lot of unneccessary oil).

Doughgirl8
45
7/17/2006

This was an easy and delicious summer dinner; we just melted the cheese under the broiler, so the polenta stayed crispy under the marinara sauce.