Sausage and borlotti bean casserole with polenta

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By: Aldo Zilli From: Good Food Live

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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 2.71 / 5 (51 votes)

Prep time:
20 min
Cook time:
50 min

For a robust and flavourful meal try Aldo Zilli's recipe for a classic Italian sausage dish served with polenta


1. Heat the olive oil in a large, deep pan. Add the sausages, onion, garlic, carrots, celery and leeks to the pan.

2. Stir well and cook for 10 minutes until the sausages are just golden brown.

3. Add the wine, stock, apple and bay leaf and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

4. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 40 minutes until the sausages are cooked through and the vegetables are soft.

5. Add the beans during the final 10 minutes of cooking. If the gravy needs to be thickened slightly, stir in the flour paste, stirring constantly and cook for a further one minute.

6. Meanwhile make the polenta. Put the boiling water in a large, deep pan and add in the salt.

7. Add in the polenta, stirring constantly with a whisk.

8. Simmer for 20 minutes until the polenta appears thick and separates from the side of the pan.

9. Beat in the butter and Parmesan cheese, season with plenty of freshly ground pepper and stir in the parsley.

10. To serve, divide the polenta between four large shallow bowls and spoon over the sausages, beans and vegetables with some of the gravy.


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I will admit to adding a tin of plum tomato and it was delicious. We were polenta virgins and were left wondering why we had no tried this before. Loved the whole meala definite for a cold winters eve.

Lee98 Lee98  Posted 23 Jun 2011 8:07 PM