One Pot Sausage Ragu with Polenta Crust

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recipe by Octopus Publishing

  • Time icon
    Total Time
    1hr 15mins
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Rich, comforting sausage ragu is taken to a new and delicious level when it's topped with sweet polenta and bubbling cheese. This is soon to become a real family-favourite.

recipe updated May 12, 2020


  • Onion icon
    2 (280g)
  • Garlic clove icon
    Garlic clove
  • Fresh oregano icon
    Fresh oregano
    2 tbsp (11g)
  • Olive oil icon
    Olive oil
    ¼ cup (60ml)
  • Sausage icon
  • Fennel seeds icon
    Fennel seeds
    1.5 tsp (3g)
  • Red wine icon
    Red wine
    ¾ cup (180ml)
  • Tomato sauce icon
    Tomato sauce
    1.5 cups (360ml)
  • Tomato paste icon
    Tomato paste
    about ¼ cup (66g)
  • Salt & pepper icon
    Salt & pepper
    as needed
  • Instant polenta icon
    Instant polenta
    510g (about 3 cups)
  • Parmesan cheese icon
    Parmesan cheese
    1 cup (151g)
  • Cheddar cheese icon
    Cheddar cheese
    about ½ cup (52g)


  • kCook icon Broiler
  • kCook icon Dutch oven

Step preview

  1. Heat olive oil to a clean Dutch oven
  2. Add onion to the Dutch oven
  3. Cook until softened
  4. Add garlic clove to the Dutch oven
  5. Cook - 3 min
  6. Crumble sausage over the Dutch oven
  7. Add fennel seeds to the Dutch oven
  8. Cook until light golden - 10 min
  9. Stir in red wine, tomato sauce, tomato paste and fresh oregano to the Dutch oven
  10. Simmer
  11. Cook until thick - 30 min, low heat
  12. Season with salt & pepper to taste
  13. Pre-heat broiler - medium heat
  14. Crumble instant polenta over the Dutch oven
  15. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and cheddar cheese
  16. Broil until melted - 5 min, medium heat
  17. Serve
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