This simple dish is the perfect thing to make when you want something special, that tastes indulgent, but you are short on time. Buying prepared polenta significantly cuts down the cooking time and the simple sauce of diced tomatoes, cream cheese, and Parmesan comes together in minutes. Paired with just about any veggie it is delicious, but I am partial to asparagus, especially when its in season.
Crispy Polenta with Asparagus and Creamy Tomato Sauce
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- 18 oz tube precooked polenta, sliced into 12 rounds
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- 3 cups asparagus
- 1 tsp oregano (or dried rosemary)
- 14 oz. canned diced tomatoes
- 1/3 cup reduced fat cream cheese
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
- 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
Option 1: Preheat oven over to 400 degrees. Brush with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake for 6-8 minutes on each side until crispy. At the same time, roast the asparagus on another baking sheet in the oven. Spray with cooking spray and season with salt and pepper. .
Option 2: Preheat the grill to medium heat. Brush with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill for 6-8 minutes on each side until crispy. At the same time, grill the asparagus. Spray with cooking spray and season with salt and pepper.
Meanwhile add the tomatoes and their juices to a sauce pan. Bring to a simmer and stir in the cream cheese, Parmesan, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder. Let simmer for 5-6 minutes until it thickens. Serve over the polenta and asparagus.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.
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