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Polenta Casserole

February 12, 2018
This Polenta Casserole is an easy family dinner! Polenta topped with homemade meat sauce and cheese - my kids loved this recipe!

I didn't grow up eating polenta so honestly, I wasn't exactly sure what polenta was for the longest time! Last year on a date night, Paul had polenta as the side dish to his dinner entree. He was too into it, but I actually loved it! Of course I had to look up some polenta recipes to try at home.

What is polenta?

Polenta is basically cornmeal made into a porridge or oatmeal consistency. In a lot of dishes, it's used as the base on which other ingredients are layered on top of. Just like in this homemade Polenta Casserole recipe!

Polenta Casserole

Lately, our family has been really trying new ingredients as a way to really mix up our dinners. I've said this before on Mostly Homemade Mom, but I tend to get into a dinner rut a few times each year. Winter is usually one of those times! 

polenta casserole recipe

This is honestly one of those "no brainer" dinners that your family will instantly love. Even Paul, not being really crazy about polenta, liked this dinner. Really though, a fresh, homemade meat sauce will win anyone over - am I right?!

Yield: 12 servings

Polenta Casserole

This Polenta Casserole is an easy family dinner! Polenta topped with homemade meat sauce and cheese - my kids loved this recipe!
prep time: 20 MINScook time: 30 MINStotal time: 50 mins


  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Montreal Steak seasoning
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 onion
  • 1 zucchini, diced into 1 inch pieces
  • 28 oz diced tomatoes
  • 6 oz tomato paste


  1. In a small saucepan, bring water to a rolling boil. Stir in cornmeal and salt and reduce heat to low. Continue to simmer, stirring constantly, for 3 minutes - it will thicken considerably.
  2. Remove from heat  and stir in 1 cup cheese and Montreal Steak seasoning. Spread into the bottom of a greased 9 x 13 baking dish.
  3. In a deep skillet, saute ground beef, onion, and zucchini until beef is brown and vegetables are tender. Drain and return to pan.
  4. Stir in undrained tomatoes and tomato paste. Cook on low for 10 minutes.
  5. Spread over polenta layer in baking dish. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top and bake an additional 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Allow to cool slightly before serving.
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