Hearty Polenta Lasagna

Posted On Mar 7, 2017 By Erin Kuh, MBA, RD

Hearty Polenta Lasagna

This hearty meal is perfect for busy weeknights and can be prepped the night before. Packed with hidden veggies, this nutritious one-dish meal is both satisfying and simple. Serve with salad for even more veggies and bread for family members requiring additional calories.

Hearty Polenta Lasagna

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 35 minutes

Total time: 45 minutes

Servings: 6

Nutrition per serving:
Calories 250Fat 8 gCarbs 31 gFiber 5 gProtein 15 g

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  • 1 (26-ounce) jar marinara sauce, divided
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup red or green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 lb lean ground beef or turkey
  • 1 cup mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 2 small zucchini, shredded
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 (16-ounce) tube of polenta, cut into 18 slices
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella or Italian blend cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Poor 1/2 cup marinara sauce into an 9 x 11 glass baking dish and spread to cover bottom.
  3. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and bell pepper; sauté 4 minutes or until tender. Stir in sausage; cook 2 minutes. Add mushrooms, zucchini, garlic, and Italian seasoning; sauté 2 minutes or until mushrooms are tender, stirring frequently.
  4. Add remaining marinara sauce; reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes.
  5. Arrange 9 polenta slices over marinara in baking dish, and top evenly with the vegetable-meat mixture. Arrange remaining polenta slices on top of vegetable-meat mixture and sprinkle with cheese.
  6. Cover and bake at 400° for 15-20 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 5 minutes or until bubbly. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

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