This quick, comforting ragù is a great way to change up pasta night. Italians use a sautéed mixture of minced onion, carrot, and garlic as the foundation for many sauces, called soffrito. Our method creates a rich, cohesive sauce in half the time. If you have a food processor, add the onion, carrot, and garlic, and pulse 2 or 3 times until very finely chopped. Look for bulk sausage, not links, to save the trouble of removing the casings. You can also substitute ground pork, ground beef, or ground turkey. Instead of pasta, we like serving this quick pork ragù over creamy, gluten-free polenta.
How to Make It
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add sausage; cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Stir in pepper. Remove sausage mixture to a bowl with a slotted spoon. Remove pan from heat (do not wipe out pan).
Combine onion, carrot, and garlic on a cutting board; finely chop. Return pan to medium-high. Add onion mixture to pan; cook 5 to 7 minutes or until tender. Add sausage mixture, 1/2 cup water, and tomato sauce to pan; cook 1 minute.
Bring remaining 3 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. whisk in polenta. Reduce heat; cook 3 minutes or until thickened, stirring frequently with a whisk or spoon. Stir in cheese. Serve polenta with pork mixture and parsley, if desired.