How To Make Polenta with Homemade Tomato-Seafood Sauce


Tomato-Seafood Sauce:
2 tablespoons butter
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 celery stalk, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1 1/2 cubes fish-flavored bouillon cubes
1 cup dry red wine
3 cups canned diced tomatoes
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1 pinch paprika
1 pound mixed frozen seafood
4 squid, cleaned and cut into rings and tentacles
salt and pepper to taste

3 cups water
1 cup coarse polenta (not instant)
1/2 cup baby spinach leaves
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
garlic salt to taste

Vegetable Mix:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small red onion, diced
2 zucchini, cut in half lengthwise then into 1/4-inch slices
10 cremini mushrooms, sliced
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
sea salt and pepper to taste


Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir in onion and garlic; cook until the onion has softened and the garlic has begun to turn brown, about 5 minutes. Stir in the celery and cook for 5 minutes. Add olive oil, Italian seasoning, parsley, bouillon cubes, and red wine; simmer for 5 minutes, stirring to break up the bouillon cubes. Stir in canned tomatoes, sugar, cayenne, and paprika. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes.

Take the tomato sauce off of the heat and puree with a stick blender until smooth. Stir in the mixed seafood, and return to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir in squid, reduce heat to medium-low, and gently simmer for 30 minutes; season to taste with salt and pepper.

While the tomato-seafood sauce is simmering, prepare the polenta by bringing water to a boil in a saucepan over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium, and slowly whisk in polenta with a wire whisk. Allow to simmer 5 minutes, whisking const