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Vegetarian Polenta Lasagna Stacks

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I think I might stack all of the food from now on.

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That way I can say total douche-bucket things like, “Girl you are staaacked!,” when no one is around. Or when everyone is around. Ugh.

Stacking is good for you though! It’s healthy stuff. It exercises your balance, your steady hand, your precision, your cursing will power (hi, zero) as the ricotta starts to warm and get soggy seconds before grabbing your camera.

We need to stack the food. It helps keep our thriving ecosystem in check.

This is so not convincing, is it?

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Guess what!

You have GAWT to add this to your weeknight rotation. It’s a two-pot ordeal, and the sauce simmers while you pan-sear the stackies.

Is it worse that I just called them stackies?

I hope so.

Of course you could beef these up with more or different veggies, but not beef. I mean, if you wanted them vegetarian. But you could beef them up with beef if you wanted, I guess. Just don’t call them vegetarian if you do, though. Because beef is a meat.

Hello?

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And the sauce, you can tooootally fiddle with. Aaron wanted a vodka cream sauce, but all I had was milk so it wasn’t AS creamy as it could have been. But I’m still a good person. Besides the whole stackies things.

I ate both of these and I couldn’t be more giddy.

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Girl you are staaaaacke – okay fine.

Vegetarian Polenta Lasagna Stacks:

What it took for 2:

* 2 cups tomatoes, chopped (whatever kind you have on hand)
* 2 Tbs. vodka
* 1/3 cup heavy cream (or milk)
* 2 tsp extra-virgin oil
* 1 tube polenta, cut into 1/2 inch slices
* 1 large zucchini, cut into 1/2 inch slices
* 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
* arugula, for garnish
* parmesan cheese, for garnish
* coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

Pulse the tomatoes in a food processor until smooth. Transfer to a small saucepan and bring to a light simmer. Add the vodka and cream and keep on a low simmer while you prepare the rest. It should thicken over the next 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

In a large sauté pan, bring the oil to a medium-high heat. Add the zucchini and let sit on one side for 3 minutes. Season with a little salt, flip and sear another 3 minutes, until browned and tender. Transfer to a plate.

Back in the pan, add the polenta slices. Let them sit still for close to 5 minutes. Flip and sear another 5, or until lightly crisped and golden on both sides.

Pour a little sauce in the bottom of a bowl. Then layer! Place a polenta round in the center, then a dollop of ricotta, a zucchini slice, and repeat until you have 4 to 6 layers. Top with a little bit of arugula, another drizzle of the tomato sauce, and some parmesan shavings.

Stacks, stacks!

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My parents are on their way up today to celebrate a) my berntday tomorrow (!!) b) a sonogram (!!!) and c) my washed hair (!!!!) So I’ll be back Monday mernin’ with something a little fun. OH JUST YOU WAIT.

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33 Responses to Vegetarian Polenta Lasagna Stacks

  1. Tieghan August 22, 2013 at 8:47 am #

    Stocked food is so much better than none stacked food. It’s just plain fun and I love that! These are gorgeous and I personally LOVE polenta! So I already know these are going to rock my world!

  2. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl August 22, 2013 at 9:00 am #

    No creepy fibrous meat and you even snuck in a little booze! I heart you.

  3. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche August 22, 2013 at 9:12 am #

    I think I want to give you a hug, and then eat these (or the other way round?)

  4. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet August 22, 2013 at 9:17 am #

    This looks incredible. I am a nut for polenta specially when it is grilled or fried!

  5. Megan {Country Cleaver} August 22, 2013 at 9:40 am #

    One (okay fine, both) of those Leaning Towers of Lasagna Stack can fall into my face right now!

  6. Jackie @ The Beeroness August 22, 2013 at 9:46 am #

    Girl, birthdays, sonograms, epic stacks of fried goodness..you’ve got it going on today.

  7. Danielle August 22, 2013 at 10:01 am #

    Yes, please! I’d like one of those towers of goodness! Happy early Birthday!

  8. Jennie @themessybakerblog August 22, 2013 at 10:16 am #

    I gotta tell ya, these stacks are calling my name. While I may not have the patience to stack them, I throw everything in a bowl and chow down.

  9. betty (the sweaty betty) August 22, 2013 at 11:11 am #

    these look sooo good! .. I don’t think I’ve ever. had. polenta. is that bad? I think my parents sheltered me too much from food other than beef and pork and potatoes. sad. I need to make these!

  10. dixya| food, pleasure, and health August 22, 2013 at 11:41 am #

    Have a wonderful weekend <3 and happy birthday in advance. I need a stack or two of these please.

  11. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar August 22, 2013 at 1:31 pm #

    I want this for dinner ASAP! LOVE!

  12. Katie August 22, 2013 at 1:37 pm #

    stack yeah!

  13. Averie @ Averie Cooks August 22, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

    Such pretty STACKS! :) Love them Bev!

  14. Ruthy @ Omeletta August 22, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    You can call these whatever you want- stacks, towers, who cares?- they look freaking delicious and full of all of my favorite things.

  15. cassie August 22, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

    Have a fabulous birthday, friend! xo

  16. DessertForTwo August 22, 2013 at 5:44 pm #

    Girl, you made these?! I saw these on Pinterest today and died. I resurrected long enough to make them. Then I died again of happiness.
    Polenta is the way to my heart. You say polenta, I say grits, tomato, tomahto. xo

  17. Julie @ Table for Two August 22, 2013 at 10:05 pm #

    This looks so fabulous!!

  18. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl August 22, 2013 at 11:19 pm #

    This looks delicious, also your pictures are always the prettiest! :)

  19. brandee August 23, 2013 at 1:20 am #

    I just made these for dinner and they were wonderful! I cheated and used a jar of sauce to speed things up but they turned out great! A definite addition to our dinner rotation!

  20. Kara August 23, 2013 at 1:21 pm #

    That looks sooo good!

  21. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. August 24, 2013 at 12:21 am #

    I’ll take 10 stacks please!

  22. Lara Laverne August 25, 2013 at 6:06 am #

    Been looking for a new polenta recipe and this is ideal. Thank you!!

  23. Lisa August 27, 2013 at 9:46 am #

    Can’t wait to try this! Never attempted polenta before…

  24. Emily August 27, 2013 at 3:41 pm #

    These look so amazing! I have a feeling even my kids would love these, especially how tall they are.

  25. Cookie and Kate August 29, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

    Well, these just look amazing. Hope you’re feeling well these days, Bev!

  26. marina September 6, 2013 at 12:16 pm #

    I am in love. With polenta rounds and veggie lasagna. And things that are stacked. Going on a pinning rampage now.

  27. Sara November 20, 2013 at 8:52 pm #

    Super tasty, super simple, super fast – thanks for the great recipe!

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