Sun-Dried Tomato Polenta with Lentil Puttenesca Recipe

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Servings: 6


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  • Polenta
  • 3 cups unsweetened Almond Milk ( can use reg. milk or water)
  • 1/2 t Kosher salt
  • 1 cup Polenta (corn grits)
  • 1-2 T butter
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan
  • 1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes, chopped
  • Puttenesca
  • 1 cup mixed lentils
  • 1 cup water or broth
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • 6 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 (28-ounce) cans Roma plum tomatoes, chopped, with juice
  • 1 cup pitted and sliced green olives (other olives will work as well)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons drained capers
  • 2 tablespoons minced anchovy fillets (about 8 fillets)
  • 1 teaspoon dried crushed basil
  • 1-2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper flakes


  1. For Polenta
  2. In large pot over high heat, bring almond milk and salt to boil. Gradually stir in cornmeal and sun dried tomatoes.
  3. Reduce heat to simmer, cook 12-18 minutes or until very thick. Stir frequently with long handled spoon to avoid sputters.
  4. When very thick, remove from heat and stir in butter and Parmesan.
  5. Pour into a buttered 9x9 casserole dish.
  6. Let it sit off heat for about 10-15 minutes to set, will be creamy.
  7. For Lentil Puttenesca
  8. Rinse lentils thoroughly under cool water.
  9. Preferably, soak lentils for 6-8 hours before cooking to reduce phytic acids.
  10. In a large pot heat the olive oil over medium high heat.
  11. Add the onion and saute until soft and lightly caramelized, about 6 minutes.
  12. Add the garlic and cook an additional 2 minutes.
  13. Add the water, tomatoes and the remaining ingredients and simmer until the sauce is thickened and slightly reduced, about 30 minutes.
  14. Adjust seasoning, to taste, cover and set aside.
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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 301g
Recipe makes 6 servings
Calories 1011  
Calories from Fat 499 49%
Total Fat 57.53g 72%
Saturated Fat 24.56g 98%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Sodium 886mg 37%
Potassium 1087mg 31%
Total Carbs 109.44g 29%
Dietary Fiber 20.1g 67%
Sugars 55.0g 37%
Protein 25.16g 40%



  • Foodessa
    February 10, 2011
    You just pulled my tummy strings with this meal ;o)
    I especially appreciated the use of almond milk.

    Looking forward to more of your tasty recipes.

    Flavourful wishes,
    1 reply
    • Healthy Mamma
      February 11, 2011
      Thank you so much, your opinion means a lot to me. I'm so glad you liked it!

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