Smoked Sausage and Polenta with Parsley Pesto (Sponsored Post)

This is a sponsored post by Hillshire Farm sausage. But I mean, are you surprised? You know how I love the sausage. You know what, I should just start over.


Also, I’m having babies in like five minutes. Can you believe this? It’s starting to freak my face off. It’s not that I have a TON TON left to do, because we’re basically sort of in a way kind of not really ready. I still need to pack, the car seats need to go in, I need to make some room in the freezer, and I should start sanitizing all the bottles and pacifiers and dog.

Hi, you KNOW they’re going to try to stick her ears in their little mouths.

My life’s looking pretty grim, isn’t it?


You should see how long it takes me to do anything these days. Waddle waddle here, shuffle shuffle there, here a yaw, there a gimp, everywhere a waggle waggle. Old McBevy had a paunch.

Okay this is getting ridiculous. I HAVE A POINT.



And it only takes 15 minutes. llllllllike from beginning to end. All you’re doing is slicing, sautéing, pulsing and tossing. And it tastes like angels drop kicking your tongue over and over and over.

My life’s looking a little better, isn’t it?


It’s seriously the simplest of ingredients, with Hillshire Farm smoked sausage, some diced red bells, a tube of polenta, and some quickidy dickidy dock parsley pesto. I mean, you know how obsessed I am with polenta and sausage together. There’s something about the creamy corny. . .ness of polenta and the smoked sausage-y. . . ness that makes me lose my frickin’ mind.

AAAND I didn’t cry and/or complain and/or try to murder anyone while making this.


We should probably fist bump.

Smoked Sausage and Polenta with Parsley Pesto:

What it took for 4:

* 1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
* 1 (14 oz) package Hillshire Farm smoked sausage, cut into 1/4-inch slices
* 1 large red bell pepper, diced
* 1 (18 oz) tube pre-made polenta (flavor is your choice), cut into 1/2-inch slices
* 2 cups parsley leaves
* 3 cloves garlic
* 1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
* 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
* salt and pepper to taste

Heat the Tbs. of oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add the sliced sausage and diced red bell pepper. Sauté for 5 minutes, then remove from skillet.

To the skillet, add the polenta slices (and a little more oil if needed). Sauté each side for 2 minutes, until golden brown.

In the meantime, combine the parsley, garlic, parmesan and a pinch of salt and pepper in a large food processor. Pulse to blend into a pesto.

Toss pesto with polenta, sausage and peppers. Serve your face immediately!


I want more.

*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Hillshire Farm sponsored it and compensated me via a cash payment, gift, or something else of value to write it. But as you know, all opinions and thoughts are my own, dudes.

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20 Responses to Smoked Sausage and Polenta with Parsley Pesto (Sponsored Post)

  1. Shashi @ December 13, 2013 at 7:18 am #
    Oh my - I sure could use this sausage and parsley pesto for breakfast! Yum! And Almost Congrats! Hope everything goes well with the birth and all of yall are healthy and happy!
  2. Tieghan December 13, 2013 at 7:35 am #
    This is crazy awesome. I could eat this for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Throw in some sausage (especially spicy or cajun) and I am all in!
  3. Katie December 13, 2013 at 8:31 am #
    Forget the fist bump, let's belly bump. After we eat this, please.
  4. Aggie December 13, 2013 at 8:49 am #
    I swoon over polenta...I seriously love the stuff (even back when polenta wasn't as cool - is it cool now??). This looks amazing Bev.
  5. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids December 13, 2013 at 8:50 am #
    It looks delicious, Bev! But, come on, show me more baby bump pictures, please! :)
    • Bev Weidner December 13, 2013 at 9:13 am #
      Baby bump update is coming on Monday! :)
  6. Amanda December 13, 2013 at 8:51 am #
    Need to make this now! Congrats on upcoming twins! My twins rock!!
  7. Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health December 13, 2013 at 9:07 am #
    it feels like its only yesterday you shared the news of pregnancy..and now its almost time for them. I love polenta and sausage combo a lot but never tried parsley pesto. thanks for this idea..awaiting for the good news :)
  8. Megan {Country Cleaver} December 13, 2013 at 9:27 am #
    Charlie is going to make the best baby dog... eat nomming and all. And this? Getttt outtaa tawwwnnnn!!
  9. Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste December 13, 2013 at 11:24 am #
    Perfect for the freezing temps! COUNT ME IN!
  10. DessertForTwo December 13, 2013 at 1:06 pm #
    I buy this sausage almost weekly! I saute it and toss it with lentils in a walnut-shallot vinaigrette. It's so French of me! And I'm not French! I love it :)
  11. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking December 13, 2013 at 3:46 pm #
    Look at how GAW-geous and scrumptious this is! What a heck of a meal, Bev! I'd like a big scoop right now.
  12. Molly @Bakelette December 13, 2013 at 4:46 pm #
    MMMmmm I need to make this happen ASAP!
  13. Amy Alt December 14, 2013 at 5:31 am #
    Love this recipe, I don't think i've ever made sausages in any other way except sausage and mash- clearly i've been missing out.
  14. Amy @Very Culinary December 15, 2013 at 8:27 am #
    I would violate a bowl of that right now. Hang in there, Chica! Home stretch :)
  15. Jess December 16, 2013 at 3:56 am #
    Love the polenta in this! What a great way to turn this into a simple, but really satisfying dinner. And bless you for all these straighforward recipes. (I'm trailing you in the twins pregnancy department by a couple months and need all the help I can get.)
  16. Nutmeg Nanny December 18, 2013 at 12:04 pm #
    Swooning over this dish, yum! I cannot wait to dive into this :)
  17. Erin Kluck March 23, 2017 at 6:38 pm #
    Just as a headsup, when I go to print from Chrome what I get is not printable. There is an ad in the center, in the middle of every page. Maybe you will want to check it out.
    • Bev Weidner March 24, 2017 at 7:38 am #
      Thank you so much for the heads up, Erin!


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