Parmesan Polenta Cake with Mushroom & Sausage Hash

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 Parmesan Polenta Cakes with Mushroom & Sausage Hash

I’m taking a break from my sugar high {due to too many of these bad boys} to bring you a very fancy dinner with some not so fancy ingredients. {Love these kinds of meals!} This is the kind of dinner that you can dress up if you have company, or just throw on your plate if you’re in a hurry. And, it tastes good too. That’s always a plus, right?

Parmesan + Polenta = yummy.

Sausage + mushroom = amazingness.

Put the two together?

It’s like heaven in your mouth. Creamy polenta with salty italian sausage with some extra veggies….ya know, to make it healthy! Ha! Did I mention I made a little cream sauce amongst the hash too? Yeah. That was the right decision. {And that’s when I lost the whole ‘healthy dinner’ concept.}

It’s ok to splurge every once in a while, right?

 Parmesan Polenta Cakes with Mushroom & Sausage Hash

Anyways, we loved this meal and think you all will too.

A few recipe notes: I used precooked Italian CHICKEN sausage. It was a new organic brand of sausages I found at my grocery store. Feel free to use any kind you like. I also used a small package baby bella mushrooms {you know, those blue styrofoam trays with the prewashed mushrooms inside}. That package was 8 ounces. Don’t be thrown off by that increment. I think that’s just about it! Happy cooking! 🙂

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Parmesan Polenta Cake with Mushroom & Sausage Hash

Creamy parmesan Polenta Cake, with salty Italian sausage and extra veggies, makes a delicious family or company dinner.
servings 4
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


for the polenta:

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup polenta
  • 3 tablespoon butter divided
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese use the real stuff!

for the hash:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 large clove garlic minced
  • 1 cup diced carrot
  • 8 oz baby bella mushrooms quartered
  • 4 precooked Italian chicken sausages sliced
  • salt & pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • parmesan cheese for garnish
  • fresh parsley for garnish


  • For the polenta {*see recipe notes below}- Bring water, milk and salt to boil. {Watch it carefully!} Whisk in polenta and cook 25-30 minutes until very thick, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and stir in 1 tablespoon butter and parmesan cheese. Grease a 9x9 square baking dish and spread polenta evenly into dish. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until dinner.
  • For the hash- Place large skillet over medium heat and melt butter. Stir in onions and carrots and saute 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, mushrooms and sausage and cook another 10 minutes until veggies and sausage have browned. Stir in seasonings and de-glaze the pan with chicken broth. Reduce heat to low and stir in cream. Keep warm over low heat until ready to serve.
  • For serving- Preheat large {preferrably non-stick} skillet to medium high heat. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in pan. Remove polenta from fridge and cut into 4 large circles {or cut into squares to have no ugly edges to fry up!} Place in hot pan and fry 2-3 minutes per side or until browned and crispy. Remove from pan and place polenta circles onto servings platter. Top with hash, more parmesan cheese and fresh parsley. Serve hot.


Feel free to use quick cooking polenta to make your job quicker. You can also forgo the refrigeration process and serve the polenta from the pot.


Calories: 500kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 133mg | Sodium: 1711mg | Potassium: 550mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 6523IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 212mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: polenta cake

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  1. Maritza Estrada

    5 stars
    I am obsessed with this recipe I have been coming back to it for YEARS and every time it is a hit. It has been an absolute staple in my arsenal of good cookin!

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  3. Amy

    I have a healthy obsession with polenta!! I like the additions I cant wait to make it! I think I may cheat and buy the store bought polenta you can cut at whole foods lol

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  5. Juls

    I’m trying these tonight! The polenta mix is currently in the fridge 🙂 It looks like such a nice and relatively simple recipe and I love parmesan and polenta so I feel I’m going to have a very happy dinner!

  6. Amy Tong

    You really have some lovely recipes and beautiful photography! 🙂 I’m so glad I’ve found your site. Guess what, I just became your newest follower! Take care and see you around!


  7. DessertForTwo

    Polenta cakes are my go-to weeknight dinner! Sometimes I let leftover polenta cool, cut it into squares and fry it the next day before topping it with a mushroom-marsala sauce. Your version with sausage looks more man-friendly!–Mr. Dessert For Two thanks you 🙂

  8. Barefeet In The Kitchen

    This looks fabulous, Lauren. I’ve never tried polenta, but it’s something I keep thinking I should attempt. This combination looks delicious.

  9. Honey @ Honey, What's Cooking

    ooh, that looks so good. i’ve never made polenta in my life… you will be my inspiration. 🙂

  10. Bev Weidner

    Oh my LORD woman, I just fell out of my chair and hit my head face first on the ground.

    Polenta and I are in love, so this is right up my alley.

    Once I heal from the fall, I’ll make this. Wow.

  11. carly {carlyklock}

    Great recipe, Lauren! I need to experiment with polenta more, and I think this is a great place to start. 🙂