Sage Sausage Meatballs & Puttanesca

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Sage Sausage Meatballs, Puttanesca, Creamy Polenta

This recipe includes savory sausage & sage meatballs baked and simmered in a puttanesca tomato based sauce and served over creamy polenta.  YUM!  Trying to go gluten free?  Omit the breadcrumbs or substitute instant oatmeal that has been food processed into flour.

  • Author: beckie
  • Prep Time: 35 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 Minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop / Oven
  • Cuisine: Italian


Ingredient List Meatballs:

  • 1 1/2 lb ground mild or hot Italian Sausage
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 3 Tbsp fresh sage, chopped

Ingredient List Sauce & Grits:

  • 2 Tbsp e.v. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp capers, drained
  • 3/4 cup canned/drained artichokes, diced
  • 1/3 cup pepperoncini, diced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • ~28 ounces tomato or pasta sauce
  • 1/4 cup sliced chives
  • 1 cup polenta or grits
  • 3 Tbsp fresh sage, chopped – as garnish
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated – as garnish


  • Preheat oven to 375F.
  • Make Meatballs: In a large bowl, mix sausage, salt, pepper, eggs, bread crumbs, and 3 Tbsp sage (reserve rest of sage as garnish).  Form 1 1/2″ meatballs.  Bake on aluminum lined (but not oiled) baking sheet for ~13 minutes.
  • Make Grits or Polenta: Cook grits according to package instructions.
  • Make Puttanesca:  Bring a large pan to medium high heat and add olive oil to lightly coat the pan.  When hot add garlic and cook 1-2 minutes or until fragrant.  Add capers, artichokes, pepperoncinis, oregano, tomato sauce, and chives.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer.  Add meatballs and cook covered ~ 15-20 minutes.
  • Serve meatballs and sauce over polenta.  Garnish with fresh sage, parmesan, and sea salt to taste.  Happy Eating!  Beckie


Things In My Kitchen:

  • 13 x 18 baking sheets – for bakin’ the meatballs.  I use these “jellyroll” sheets for baking nearly everything.

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Keywords: Sausage, Meatballs, Comfort Food, Grits, Polenta, Marinara, Sauce

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