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Fast & Easy Dinner: Polenta Gratin with Mushrooms and Fontina

Fast & Easy Dinner: Polenta Gratin with Mushrooms and Fontina

Sometimes there just isn't enough time to make a complete meal from scratch, so don't be ashamed to take help from the grocery store. If you enhance the taste by mixing in a couple of fresh ingredients, your family will never notice that you took help from the supermarket. This delectable dinner combines fresh mushrooms, basil, and fontina — with premade polenta and pasta sauce. The final vegetarian dish is filled with flavor and surprisingly delightful.

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Polenta Gratin with Mushrooms and Fontina

Polenta Gratin with Mushrooms and Fontina

Polenta Gratin with Mushrooms and Fontina


1 (16-ounce) tube of polenta, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
Cooking spray
1 (8-ounce) package presliced mushrooms
1 teaspoon bottled minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup sun-dried tomato Alfredo sauce (such as Classico)
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup (1 ounce) shredded fontina cheese

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  1. Preheat oven to 500°.
  2. Arrange polenta slices in an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray, allowing slices to overlap.
  3. Heat a medium nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms; cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in garlic and salt.
  4. Cover, reduce heat, and cook 2 minutes. Stir in Alfredo sauce and basil.
  5. Spoon mushroom mixture evenly over polenta. Top with cheese.
  6. Bake at 500° for 7 minutes or until thoroughly heated.

Serves 3.

Nutritional Information: CALORIES 221(30% from fat); FAT 7.4g (sat 3.9g,mono 1.7g,poly 1.2g); PROTEIN 8.3g; CHOLESTEROL 29mg; CALCIUM 82mg; SODIUM 739mg; FIBER 4.2g; IRON 2.4mg; CARBOHYDRATE 28.7g

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drinkerofh2o drinkerofh2o 7 years
I think this sounds incredible. I will definitely try it.
emalove emalove 7 years
Mushrooms are my most hated food. Blech.
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 7 years
That looks good! I have never cooked with polenta before but I am willing to give it a shot. And my husband loves anything with mushrooms!
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
Mushrooms, ewwwwwwwwww.
thatsjoanna thatsjoanna 7 years
Sounds good!....I was never into Mushrooms as a child and just last month have been giving it a second try. Its pretty darn good cooked right.
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