Stacked Polenta with Bolognese Sauce

Last week I posted a recipe (if you can call it that) for a four-ingredient Italian Sausage Seasoning blend—the secret ingredient in my Bolognese sauce.

This week I'm dishing up the recipe for that Bolognese. It's makes enough to feed a crowd and then some, and freezes well for a quick mid-week dinner. Serve it over brown rice pasta or spaghetti squash or layer it between slices of polenta and sauteed veggies for a quick "lasagne" (our lates family favorite).

Quick Crockpot Bolognese Sauce

Gluten-Free | Casein-Free | Citrus-Free | Corn-Free | Dairy-Free | Egg-Free | Fish-Free | Peanut-Free | Potato-Free | Rice-Free | Shellfish-Free | Soy-Free | Tree Nut-Free | Wheat-Free | Grain-Free | Sesame-Free | Yeast-free | GFCF

Serves: LOTS
Prep Time:  20 minutes
Cook Time:  4-6 hours in crockpot

Ingredients:

1 pound GROUND BEEF
12 ounces GROUND TURKEY
12 ounces GROUND CHICKEN
1-2 tablespoons Italian Sausage Seasoning
3 jars of your favorite MARINARA SAUCE (I use Classico® Organic that I buy at Costco)

Directions:

  1. Brown meat together. Drain fat if desired.
  2. Season with Italian Sausage Seasoning.
  3. Add meat to bowl of food processor and pulse a few times. You want a fine-ground meat (think the texture of Taco Bell burger "meat", gross, I know). This step makes for a thicker sauce.
  4. Toss meat into crockpot along with marinara sauce.
  5. Give it a good stir and cook on low for 4-6 hours.

Polenta Stacks

Gluten-Free | Casein-Free | Citrus-Free | Dairy-Free | Egg-Free | Fish-Free | Peanut-Free | Potato-Free | Rice-Free | Shellfish-Free | Soy-Free | Tree Nut-Free | Wheat-Free | Grain-Free | Sesame-Free | Yeast-free | GFCF

  1. Slice a roll of PRE-COOKED POLENTA into 1/4-1/2" slices.
  2. Brush with oil and pan-fry or bake until they begin to crisp a bit.
  3. Make stacks by alternating polenta slices, Bolognese sauce, your favorite sauteed veggies, maybe some of this if you can't have dairy or maybe real cheese if you can. 
  4. Serve.