Polenta Lasagna + KitchenAid® Giveaway


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Since Kelly, Cliff and I are a blogging trio we sometimes blog at Kelly’s house and we sometimes blog at our house. I much prefer the KitchenAid® appliances at Kelly’s house. They are so much better than mine. I do not enjoy cooking on my old electric stove top and my dishwasher never seems to get the dishes clean. Why do I have to clean my dishes before putting them into my dishwasher?! When you dirty as many dishes as we do, it’s a problem. Although Kelly has the nicer appliances, the windows in her kitchen don’t allow for much natural light and Cliff needs natural light for better picture taking. So, we usually work at our house and I am constantly complaining about our inferior appliances. When we do work at Kelly’s, I realize how much more efficient and easier to use her KitchenAid® appliances are.

KitchenAid® challenged us to “TRADE PASTA FOR POLENTA“. I’ve only recently started eating polenta but I really love it. Much like lasagna, you can flavor it many ways. You could make a white sauce with chicken, a veggie sauce, a mushroom marsala sauce, a traditional sauce or even a Mexican version. The list goes on and on… My point is that polenta is very versatile. So for our challenge we made a lasagna, but instead of using lasagna noodles we layered cheesy polenta with a hearty red sauce loaded with vegetables, much like a ratatouille. We also threw in some goat cheese. The goat cheese really made the dish. I just love goat cheese and use it every chance I get! Lasagna is great because you can buy those no-boil noodles. You just make a sauce and layer the dry noodles with cheese and pop it in the oven. The only dirty dishes you end up with is the baking pan and the sauce pan. Makes for a quick meal with easy clean up. Polenta makes it a little messier. You have to use a few extra dishes. But this recipe is worth it. It is tasty and loaded with healthy vegetables. It is also a lighter alternative to an often heavy lasagna. Plus, if you have a KitchenAid® dishwasher like Kelly, you can just throw those dirty dishes in the dishwasher and not give them another thought. Kelly’s dishwasher features a ProScrub® Option which is an ideal solution for casserole dishes and other large platters (like our polenta lasagna recipe) that require concentrated cleaning of caramelized or baked-on messes.

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Now, about that polenta lasagna…

Polenta Lasagna +  KitchenAid® Giveaway recipe pictures

Here is what you’ll need

Polenta Lasagna +  KitchenAid® Giveaway recipe pictures

Add the milk to sauted onions and garlic

Polenta Lasagna +  KitchenAid® Giveaway recipe pictures

Slowly add the cornmeal

Polenta Lasagna +  KitchenAid® Giveaway recipe pictures

Add the cheese

Polenta Lasagna +  KitchenAid® Giveaway recipe pictures

Spread on a baking sheet

Polenta Lasagna +  KitchenAid® Giveaway recipe pictures

Use a cup to cut out circles

Polenta Lasagna +  KitchenAid® Giveaway recipe pictures

Saute the vegetables

Polenta Lasagna +  KitchenAid® Giveaway recipe pictures

Add the tomato sauce and paste

Polenta Lasagna +  KitchenAid® Giveaway recipe pictures

Mix the goat cheese with the thyme

Polenta Lasagna +  KitchenAid® Giveaway recipe pictures

Build your polenta lasagna

Polenta Lasagna +  KitchenAid® Giveaway recipe pictures

Throw the dirty dishes into your dishwasher

Polenta Lasagna +  KitchenAid® Giveaway recipe pictures

Clean up is done!

Polenta Lasagna +  KitchenAid® Giveaway recipe pictures

Enjoy your meal!

Polenta Lasagna +  KitchenAid® Giveaway recipe pictures
Polenta Lasagna
Polenta Lasagna +  KitchenAid® Giveaway recipe pictures
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Polenta
  1. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  2. 1/4 cup onion, finely diced
  3. 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  4. 1 cup corn meal
  5. 1 quart milk
  6. 1/2 cup shredded fontina cheese
Sauce
  1. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  2. 1/4 cup onion, diced
  3. 2 cloves garlic, chopped
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  5. 1 zucchini, diced
  6. 1 summer squash, diced
  7. 1/2 cup mushrooms, chopped
  8. 1 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes
  9. 1 6 ounce can of tomato paste
  10. salt
  11. pepper
Other
  1. 4 ounces goat cheese
  2. 1 sprig of thyme
Polenta
  1. Heat the olive oil in the medium, heavy bottomed pot over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and garlic and saute for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add the milk.
  4. Slowly stir in the corn meal.
  5. Cook on medium heat for 8-10 minutes; do not stir.
  6. It should be creamy and thick.
  7. Remove from heat and stir in the cheese.
  8. Line a 9 x13 baking sheet with parchment paper.
  9. Spread the polenta evenly over the baking sheet; refrigerate.
Sauce
  1. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large saute pan.
  2. Add the onion and garlic.
  3. Saute for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add the other vegetables.
  5. Saute an additional 5 minutes.
  6. Add the tomato sauce, a pinch of salt, and pepper.
  7. Simmer over low heat for 20 minutes.
Assembly
  1. Stir together the goat cheese and the thyme leaves.
  2. Using a drinking glass cut 12 rounds of polenta about 2 inches in diameter.
  3. Layer the polenta, then a spoonful of goat cheese, a spoon ful of sauce, another polenta round, more sauce and top with a dollop of goat cheese.
  4. Serve immediately.
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Comments

  1. says

    depending on what was on them, i will usually at least give them a healthy rinse, maybe more if it has something stubborn stuck on

  2. Christine P says

    I wash my dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. Mine is kind of old, and I definitely don’t want any food sticking to my plates after they went through the wash!

  3. Beckie Bergeron says

    I always rinse them before putting them in the dishwasher and if extra dirty I give them a little scrub.

  4. Rachel Battarbee says

    I Never wash or rinse before I load the dish washer…..why would I load the dishwasher if I’d already cleaned the dishes?! Life’s too short to wash the dishes twice :)

  5. Jessica S says

    I may be in college but I do my dishes like NO OTHER!! And I’m proud :) I wash my dishes right after using them and put them right into the dishwasher. When the washer is full I run the load just to make sure it’s extra clean. Then like a good little girl I unload the dishwasher right after :) It’s cold in my apartment so I like the steam and heat when I open the dishwasher, it’s like a college-budget facial!

  6. Bertha G says

    I rinse them, and if the dishes are going to sit for a while, I use a brush to get all the “debris” off the plates and bowls. Since there are just two of us, we don’t fill the dishwasher everyday, so I don’t run it everyday.

  7. Charles says

    I’m the primary dishwasher but if I do use a machine, the dishes are definitely washed first.

  8. Melissa L. says

    I wash my dishes off before putting them in the dishwasher, as I don’t think our dishwasher would handle food in it very well!

  9. Margot C says

    I wash my dishes like a crazy person before I put them in the dishwasher. Basically they are already clean once they go in there and the high heat gets whatever I have missed. That’s the way I do it, wasteful maybe but it’s what I do. I don’t have a KitchenAid though, so … :(

  10. says

    I do wash my dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. Mine is an older model and I don’t want food to blog the drain. :) Love your polenta recipe.

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  11. karen medlin says

    Mine dishwasher is older, I soak any of the casserole dishes, or anything that may be stubborn to remove to loosen any gunk.. then rinse and place in the dishwasher.

  12. Patty says

    I have a KA dishwasher, but I like to use the short setting, so I just scrape and give a light rinse.

  13. says

    I don’t totally wash the dishes but I can’t stand the idea of food gunk floating around them so I clear them and give a quick rinse then put in the dishwasher. My goal is to sterilize the dishes and utensils

  14. angel says

    Currently I am the dishwasher but when I did have one, I always rinsed well first,only washed if needed

  15. Yvonne McGowan says

    I ALWAYS wash the dishes before putting them in the dishwasher! My husband fixes the industrial ones, and he says that dishwashers are more dish sanitizers than washers!

  16. says

    I always rinse my dishes well before putting in the dishwasher.

    BTW, in reading the recipe item number 4 under the sauce says: campaignIcon Shop
    what does that mean????

  17. Laura says

    Oh my, this looks delicious – will have to make this soon!

    I rinse my dishes before putting them in the dishwasher but don’t really wash them.

  18. Jea Cummings says

    I never rinse/wash dishes prior to placing in the dishwasher.It is a waste of time and water!

  19. Mami2jcn says

    I have a dishwasher but have never used it! I don’t have faith that they’ll get clean enough.

  20. Lily Sheng says

    I at least rinse off sauces and scrub away hardened foods on top of the dishes (without using soap) before putting them in the dishwasher

  21. Eugenia says

    I will lightly rinse plates and utensils with hard water to loosen up food particles. If I don’t have time to do that, I’ll set the dishwasher to the pots/pans wash cycle.

  22. Andrea says

    I only wash the dishes before putting them in the dishwasher if there’s stuff that’s really stuck on.

  23. says

    Well…..I do rinse them really well; too many times ick gets baked on otherwise. I’ve never had a dishwasher where you DIDN’T have to (and we’ve had some nice ones…).

    Anyway, thank you for this giveaway!! It comes at the perfect time of year!! :)

  24. Ashley Outland says

    I rinse dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, but nope – I do not wash them before putting them in!!

  25. Lisa Brown says

    I have to admit, I rinse them well before putting them in the dishwasher. I do not need to, but it is habit.
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  26. Susan says

    I don’t have a dishwasher, so yes, I totally have to wash them first. (I did come from a rinse-before-dishwasher family though.)

  27. Janice says

    “Do you wash your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher or do you put them straight into the dishwasher?”

    I don’t have a dishwasher!!! So I wash them all by hand. :)

  28. Kara says

    I don’t have a dishwasher because I see no point if I have to wash the dishes before putting them in and it would take up to much space in a small kitchen.
    Polenta lasagna sounds yummy!

  29. says

    Thanks for this giveaway! I’m such a stinker for washing dirty dishes ASAP. I love our dishwasher, but grew up washing dishes by hand, as we used them. My mom always ran a hot sink full of soapy water so it was ready to go. To this day, I do the exact same thing. Plus, the washing and hot water kind of remind me of her when I was a kid: ) That’s a nice memory to remember when you’re doing a sink full of dirty dishes:) I love this recipe by the way. I’ve never made anything like this, so what great inspiration I now have!

    Happy Holidays and thanks again!

  30. Allison Downes says

    I wash my dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!

    lola_violets_2010{at}yahoo{dot}com

  31. Debby Berros says

    I always rinse my dishes with really hot water before I put them in the dishwasher! My husband thinks I’m a bit OCD sometimes! Thank for the fun giveaway! Love KitchenAid & just found your blog and love it also!

  32. Norma says

    It depends – I don’t rinse a glass that just had iced tea in it or a cereal bowl, but I rinse pots and pans and any dishes that had goopy foods on them.

  33. Mindy Merenghi says

    I wash them… which seems like a funny concept to wash them twice. :) But I figure that the dishwasher sanitizes them.

  34. Susan P. says

    I rinse my dishes because that’s how it was done when we started with dishwashers a long time ago. If I get a new dishwasher, I won’t have to do that! The one I have now I got in 1994 so it’s almost 20 years old.

  35. says

    Dishwasher? What dishwasher? … :) When I HAD a dishwasher (or when I load the dishwasher at other peoples’ houses), I would always at least rinse the dishes before I put them in and get any chunks off.

  36. LaCinda Brooks says

    I don’t have a dishwasher, not sure what I would do. I’d probably just rinse them before I put them in.

  37. Kerry says

    Mine pretty much go right to the dishwasher unless the dish had something like oatmeal – those ones really need a rinsing and maybe a soaking!

  38. Anne says

    I don’t wash the dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, but I do scrape them very well. But I hand-wash anything with baked-on food or anything that looks like a general dishwasher cycle won’t do the job.

  39. Danielle says

    I always do a quick rinse in the sink before loading into the dishwasher even if there is barely any food on the plate/bowl/dish and if I had something like raw chicken or raw egg on/in the plate/bowl/dish I do a quick rinse w/ dish soap also first. I don’t run the dishwasher daily so I don’t like the idea of a plate, for example w/ raw chicken juice just sitting in the rack for a few days.

  40. Becky Richied says

    I wash mine before putting them in the dishwasher, it always has seemed redundant but I feel better doing it.

  41. says

    It depends on how dirty the plates/dishes are. Some go straight in, some get rinsed off first, none get out right washed though. If I wash them by hand, they are put away after, not run thru the dishwasher again. LOL

  42. Mendy Dinsmore says

    I don’t rinse my dishes before putting them in the dish washer. If they have stuck on foods, I do soak them before running the dishwasher.

  43. Tabathia B says

    It depends on what was cooked, but I mostly just put them in the dishwasher with no rinsing

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