Polenta and Marinara sauce are like an Italian marriage made in the kitchen and it usually requires a lot of watching and stirring and, oh yeah, tasting!
And here’s the surprising part … in the interest of time and temptation, I veered off the totally made from scratch, no packaged or jarred food routine I usually adhere to and bought a tube of polenta and a jar of marinara sauce. ::::::GASP:::::: !!
Ok, I’ll admit it, I always keep a small jar of Rao’s Marinara in the fridge. It’s my emergency stash. I often make Rao’s Marinara Sauce using this recipe, but scaling it back. I’m not feeding the neighborhood, after all, but I am not wonder woman and sometimes need help during the week.
This meal takes no more than 10 minutes to get from package to table and while you spend those 10 minutes hovering over a hot stove, it’s easy work and the results are well worth it for your 3 points, the effort is minimal and the taste and texture are just what you desire. Crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside.
|Polenta Cakes with Marinara Recipe||
- 6 pumps of Olive Oil spray
- 2 Polenta slices cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 2 tablespoons Marinara Sauce
- Grated fresh Parmesan Cheese
- Heat 6 pumps of olive oil spray in a skillet over medium heat.
- While oil is heating, slice polenta into 1/2-inch pieces.
- Place the polenta slices in the pan and cook over medium high heat.
- In the meantime, spoon the marinara sauce into a microwave proof bowl and heat to take the chill off, about 45 seconds or heat in the other side of the skillet on top of the stove.
- When brown and crispy, using a flexible spatula, turn and cook on the other side until also brown and crispy.
- Remove to a plate and serve.
This is a quick and easy side dish that can be cooked and on the table in 10 minutes. I don’t make a habit of using prepared food, but there are times when products like these — Polenta Tubes and a Jar of Marinara Sauce are the perfect answer to a weeknight dinner.
I use the tube of polenta found in the vegetable aisle of my local grocery store. It’s quick and while I sometimes make it from scratch, for a last minute pan-fried polenta treat, I find the tube works well.
Remove to a plate and spoon a tablespoon of marinara sauce over each cake.
Grate cheese over and serve.
This side dish is worth 2 Weight Watchers Points Plus Values