Relaxing Sundays always call for a slow-n-easy recipe during the colder winter months… at least in this house!

Because let’s be honest, nothing says cozy couch time like chilly temperatures outside & delicious home-cooked scents coming from a warm kitchen inside 🙂



This Sunday dinner idea was inspired by an Instagram from NYC restaurant Sauce that I saw a few days back, which I’ve had on my mind ever since…



I mean. Just how dreamyyyy is the idea of creamy polenta topped with a hearty bolognese beautifully layered onto a wooden plank? Served in NYC?


But alas… No wooden plank. No flashy city… *sigh*

However. Since I did have these wonderful canned tomatoes, some fresh vegetables and local grass-fed ground beef I decided it was just time to improvise! 🙂


After receiving these Tuttorosso crushed tomatoes w/ basil in the mail a few days weeks ago, I figured what better way to finally time to put them to good use than this?!

Disclaimer: I received this product to review for free however the opinions are all my own

And after a weekend stop into Little House Green Grocery, a new local market near me that is just the cutest & has some stellar local products, I found myself with the perfect local grass-fed ground beef from Tuckahoe Plantation for the job.


A quick stop at the grocery store for an array of fresh veggies & mushrooms left me in bolognese makin’ business!


I decided to add mushrooms to this bolognese to give it some added volume in addition to the beef, plus with all these veggies how can you not call this healthy?! 😉


Veggies. Sauteed.


Ground beef. Cooked & seasoned.


Crushed tomatoes w/ basil. Added. 


And stirred.

Creamy polenta.


Sets up in 1-2-3…!

Freshly grated Parmesan to serve.


And there you have it 🙂


A hearty, warm meal that has lotsa comforting flavor without tons of “comforting” fat & calories and that will satifsy even the heartiest appetite on a cold winter night! 🙂



  1. gah! I love the idea of putting this over polenta. It is SO darn yummy!! Definitely a perfect chilly day (or any day ;)) meal

  2. This sounds fabulous! The best polenta I’ve ever had was in NYC as well. I’ve never made it on my own, but I think I may need to give it a shot!

    • It’s super easy to make and you can dress it up however you like! I think I might have to travel to NYC just for that polenta plank dish though, is that so wrong ??? lol 😉

  3. Oh goodness this sounds (and looks) delicious! If we hadn’t given meat up for Lent, I would definitely be making this tonight.

  4. I honestly do not think that I have ever eaten polenta. I SO want to try it, though! I might try making a vegetarian version of this dish. Yum! 🙂

    • I think a veg version of this dish would be great, perhaps sub a heartier mushroom (portabella or something?) in place of the ground beef! 🙂

  5. Ahhh… this post just reminded me that I really need to check out Little House Green Grocery soon!

    • Yes ma’am, they have some great stuff! Looks like they are also offering some fun classes including bread making, pizza, etc which could be fun!

  6. Oh my goodness, this looks and sounds delicious! And I love how you take pictures of what you do as you go. That makes following along so much easier!

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