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What's for Dinner?

Dinner? I forgot about dinner! I was busy doing party things all day, some "once a year" cleaning jobs, and finishing a scrapbook of our recent trip. It was 6 PM, and Brad would be home and hungry in about 45 minutes. I checked the pantry, freezer and fridge. Well, EVERYTHING in the freezer was party food. Wait...there is some meat sauce crammed in there. The pantry had pasta and polenta, but we already had pasta this week. There is always cheese in the fridge, so........

I threw together this concoction: Polenta lasagna! I admit I was inspired by Judith's blog entry, and also knew I had some chopped pancetta on the door shelf of the freezer, because I moved it there last week.

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I always bake my polenta...foolproof: 6 cups water, 1 1/2 c. polenta, 1/2 t. salt
Stir that together and bake for 40 minutes.

Then I thawed a little meat sauce, and in a clean baking dish, layered sauce, polenta, cheese (I used grated cheddar/parm, because it was readily available), a little more sauce, polenta cheese, and cooked pancetta on top. I baked it another 30 minutes and made a salad.

Instant dinner!

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Comments (5)

I make my polenta the same way too-so easy. Your photos are making me so hungry-as usual!

ummm, 70 minutes cooking time and some prep time and it is instant?
To me it looks worth the time, but not instant.
Did you look at your numbers for the caramel cake article?

Kim:

Wait, at one temp did you cook the polenta? And can I assume you get stiff polenta as opposed to soft?

Kim,

350, and yes, it is stiff, but not hard. (like you could serve squares, but not soupy creamy).

Kim:

Cool; I need to remember to add this to like to try list.

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