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Hi, hi, hi. It’s Wednesday!

Ratatouille with Spicy Italian Chicken Sausage and Creamy Polenta | halfbakedharvest.com

Ready for the ultimate end of summer meal?

Ah, I hope so!

Ratatouille with Spicy Italian Chicken Sausage and Creamy Polenta | halfbakedharvest.com

This is loaded with fresh garden veggies or in my case, fresh from the store garden veggies since the only thing I currently have growing right now is a bush of basil and a bush of mint.

Thankfully, they are doing well…

Which is surprising since I have them inside (of course) in the smallest pot, with barely any soil. I know, know, recipe for disaster!

But hey it’s working, so why fix what’s not broken?

Ratatouille with Spicy Italian Chicken Sausage and Creamy Polenta | halfbakedharvest.com

Ok wait.

I have to tell you guys, this week is a pretty big week around here.

Ratatouille with Spicy Italian Chicken Sausage and Creamy Polenta | halfbakedharvest.com

See, little Asher turns five on Friday.

Yes, five!! I still cannot believe it.

Honestly, birthdays around here have never been that big of deal (well they used to be, back when we lived with gazillions of family in Ohio, but in Colorado – not so much), but for some reason Asher’s birthdays are a big deal. I mean, we started celebrating last Friday and I have feeling the, “ok, fine only because it is your birthday” line will continue on through the long weekend.

Oh and there are lots of treats being made. Treats for school, treats for everyday and um, a big chocolate on the inside pink on the outside cake. It’s gonna be good.

Ratatouille with Spicy Italian Chicken Sausage and Creamy Polenta | halfbakedharvest.com

Obviously, these veggies in this meal are kind of needed right now.

All the veggies equal out all the sugar, right?

Yeah, right!

Ratatouille with Spicy Italian Chicken Sausage and Creamy Polenta | halfbakedharvest.com

This ratatouille is kind of the perfect transition meal from summer to fall. Early September is such a weird food time. Sometimes it is really hot and all you want is summer food, but then it cools off at night and that comfort food craving hits.

This is the perfect fix.

It’s got all the fresh summer veggies, but that creamy, cheesy polenta makes it a total comfort food.

I love creamy, cheesy polenta!

Oh, and those colorful things too. The veggies? Yeah those. I love those too.

Ratatouille with Spicy Italian Chicken Sausage and Creamy Polenta | halfbakedharvest.com

Ratatouille with Spicy Italian Chicken Sausage and Creamy Polenta

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 448 kcal

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground spicy italian chicken sausage
  • 1/2 onion copped
  • 1 clove garlic minced or grated
  • 2 small zucchini chopped
  • 2 small summer squash chopped
  • 1 small eggplant chopped
  • 2 red peppers chopped
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 1 ounce can diced tomatoes 28
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil leaves chopped
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

Creamy polenta

Instructions

  • To make the polenta. Pour the chicken broth and milk into a medium size saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to medium and slowly whisk in the polenta. Cook, stirring frequently, until the polenta is soft and thick, about 15 to 20 minutes. Keep warm and then just before serving, stir in the parmesan cheese and season with salt and pepper. If the polenta seems a little thick you can add a tablespoon of butter or extra milk.
  • To make the, ratatouille, heat a large skillet over medium heat and add a drizzle of olive oil. Add the sausage and break apart into small pieces. Brown the sausage all over, about 5 minutes. Remove the sausage from the skillet and set on a plate.
  • Add another drizzle of olive oil to the skillet, add the onions and garlic to the pan. Cook the onions, stirring occasionally, until they are wilted and lightly caramelized, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add the eggplant and thyme to the pan and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the eggplant is partially cooked, about 5 minutes. Add the red peppers, zucchini, and squash and continue to cook for an additional 5 minutes. Add the canned tomatoes balsamic vinegar, basil, oregano, salt and pepper, to taste, and cook for another 5 minutes. Serve warm over the creamy, cheesy polenta.

Ratatouille with Spicy Italian Chicken Sausage and Creamy Polenta | halfbakedharvest.com

Look at that color though, it’s totally cheesy healthy comfort food!

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  1. 5 stars
    Made this tonight and seriously so easy and delicious! One quick question though – is the 1 oz can of diced tomatoes a typo? I couldn’t find any 1 oz at the store so bought a medium size one (27 oz) and it turned out great! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

    1. Hey Jacquie,
      Yes, that is correct. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  2. A few questions
    1) when do I re- add the sausage back in?
    2) Is that really just 1 oz of diced tomato for the whole recipe?

    Thanks!
    Love your work so much ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hey Chani,
      You can add the sausage back with the canned tomatoes. You want to use 1 (28oz) can of diced tomatoes. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  3. 5 stars
    Once again, youโ€™ve created a recipe that is incredible. I used fresh tomatoes instead of canned and it turned out so yummy. My husband said, โ€œThe contrasting textures are really yummy.โ€ Thanks Teagan from a fellow Coloradoan! My sisters and I are all fans of your recipe.

  4. We made this and it was so delicious! Followed the recipe exactly. There is just 2 of us and we’ve been eating for days, making the polenta fresh each night but the rest of it reheated beautifully! This one is definitely going in the recipe book.

  5. A little late on this one, but I made this for dinner Tuesday night and it was delicious! Very excited to have the leftovers for lunch today. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Made this for dinner last night after a very long and mentally exhausting day. This is pure comfort food. Loved everything about it. IT will definitely be in the rotation for the fall and winter months. Thanks Tieghan!

  7. Very often I cook different dishes with polenta and this recipe caught my attention. I think it is rather unusual and looks very appetizing! It is nutritious dish and rather easy to cook and I wonder what meat can substitute chicken?

    1. Hi Maria! I am sure that any ground meat you like would work. We personally like the spiciness in the sausage, but ground chicken, beaf or turkey would work as well!

      Thank you so much!

  8. That’s how you celebrate a birthday…week long!! Go Asher! When it comes to comfort food, this is as good as it gets.

  9. Great looking dish – great looking photos! The polenta looks dreamy!
    I am impressed you grew that basil plant in a small pot – I have killed just about every basil plant ever !
    Hoping you post the “chocolate on the inside, pink on the outside” cake! Would love to drool over photos!
    Happy Birthday to Asher!

  10. Love this polenta dish and its a beauty! I can’t wait to see what you make for Asher’s Birthday!

  11. I LOVE ratatouille! AND creamy polenta! This will be a staple in my house this winter – soooo yummy and comforting!

  12. This dish looks fabulous! I love the summer-y colors. Perfect for the summer/fall transition. ๐Ÿ™‚
    And I can’t wait to see Asher’s birthday cake! I’m sure it will be phenom. ๐Ÿ˜€
    Pinned!

    1. I love polenta so much and always have it on hand! It is so easy and quick and a great stand in when we get a little board with rice and quinoa!!

      Thank you so much, Lori!

  13. I must admit that I’ve never had polenta. You certainly make it look delicious though! I must give it a try.

    1. Oh my gosh, you have to try it!! If you like anything creamy and smooth, then you will love polenta! It is awesome!

  14. Wah! So pretty. Veggies. Polenta. Sausage. Be still my heart. This looks wonderful!