Braised Italian sausages with cheesy polenta

Braised Italian sausages with cheesy polenta

Italian-style sausages with bacon, herbs and a splash of red wine. Serve with some cheesy polenta for extra flavor and you’ve got a quick and easy midweek meal for all the family


serves 4

  • olive oil
  • Italian sausages 8
  • smoked bacon 8 slices chopped
  • onion 1, sliced
  • garlic 1 clove, crushed
  • tomato purée 1 tbsp
  • red wine 250ml
  • rosemary a few sprigs, leaves stripped
  • chicken stock 1.2 litres
  • instant polenta 200g
  • butter 50g
  • parmesan 50g, grated


  • Step 1

    Heat a little olive oil in a pan and brown the sausages all over. Take out of the pan. Add the bacon to the pan and cook until crisp.

  • Step 2

    Now add the onions and cook until soft and golden. Add the garlic and tomato purée and cook for a minute then add the red wine and cook until reduced by half.

  • Step 3

    Put the sausages back in then add the rosemary and 200ml of the chicken stock. Simmer for 20 minutes until the sauce has reduced and the sausages are cooked.

  • Step 4

    Make up the polenta following pack instructions using the rest of the stock.

  • Step 5

    Beat the butter and cheese into the polenta and taste it before adding more seasoning, if needed. Add a splash more stock if you like it a little looser. Serve topped with the sausages and sauce.

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