Sunday supper: Sausage skillet with polenta

Sausage with onions, peppers and polenta
Sausage with onions, peppers and polenta
After our weekend away in Santa Cruz, and expedition to the Corralitos Market & Sausage Company, I was looking forward to a nice warm dinner, incorporating the Polish sausages (fine and coarse) that we picked up. I came up with this simple recipe, using onions, peppers, tomatoes, and sausage, and serving the whole thing over creamy polenta. My kids ate this up! Made for a nice Sunday dinner:

Sausage with onions, peppers and tomatoes

  • 1 onion, cut in half and sliced thin
  • 3 garlic cloves, smashed and chopped
  • 2 red bell peppers, cut in half and sliced thin
  • 4-5 medium tomatoes, chopped (medium is slightly larger than a golf ball)
  • 2 teaspoons each basil, thyme and oregano
  • 1 pound pre-cooked sausage, any flavor
  • 1 recipe creamy polenta (recipe to follow)

Preheat oven to 350F.

In a cast iron (or other oven proof pan), sauté onion and garlic in 2 tablespoons olive oil, for 2 minutes. Add in bell peppers and sauté another 2 minutes. Add in tomatoes, herbs and season with salt & pepper to taste. Transfer to oven and bake for 20 minutes. Arrange sausages over the top of the onions and peppers, and bake another 10 minutes, turning sausages once, until they are heated through. Serve over polenta.

Creamy Polenta, microwave style (from the back of the Golden Pheasant brand of Polenta)

Mix 3 cups of water, 3/4 cup polenta and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a 3 quart casserole dish, with lid. Cover and microwave on high 8 minutes. Remove and stir until well blended. Microwave another 2-3 minutes until desired thickness is achieved. Serve.


  1. We think this sounds delicious!! Have you named your iron skillet? We’ve heard some cooks do this. :o)

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  2. Kitchen Gadget Girl

    that is so funny, I have not thought of naming my cast iron skillet! I do have a name for my dutch oven that I take camping – I call her Bessie. Humm, maybe I should have a naming contest for my skillet, do you have any suggestions?

  3. Hi SITSta! 🙂 You were ahead of me on roll call so I stopped by to say hi. I just actually bought some ready-to-use polenta, so this recipe is perfect! I’ll make it tomorrow, thanks for sharing!:) Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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  4. Kitchen Gadget Girl

    great idea to use ready-to-use polenta! That would make this dish even faster, maybe even suitable for during the week 🙂

    I especially like to take ready-to-use polenta and grill it before serving with something over the top. I have heard folks use it for polenta lasagna too, that sounds tasty.


  5. SUCH perfect timing for this post. I have chicken sausage in the freezer and have been craving polenta. I’m planning to make it one night this week with some sauteed peppers and onion. Yours sounds delish, and perfect Sunday night comfort food.

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  6. Kitchen Gadget Girl

    Yes, it was a great Sunday dinner, especially with a lovely bottle of wine. After this success, I am going to have to try to find a couple other one pot meals that are as successful.

  7. Can you name a sausage company that’s closer to San Jose?

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  8. Kitchen Gadget Girl

    I am a fan of Dittmer’s German Wurst House in Mountain View, and someone else has told me that Los Gatos Meats is great. Hope this helps!

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