Sausage Meatballs with Kale and Creamy Polenta

Siiiiimple simple simple. (also it’s simple.)

Sausage Meatballs with Kale and Creamy Polenta / Bev Cooks

This is my brand new all-time favorite meal of all time today right now.

It may look all fancy face, but in reality, it’s just a plain ol’, delicious cinch to pull together.

Three things happen. Let’s discuss.

You’re excited, I can tell.

Sausage Meatballs with Kale and Creamy Polenta / Bev Cooks

You roast tomatoes. Cherry tomatoes. If you can find small grape tomatoes still on the vine, your fancy meter automatically goes up to 11. (<–name that joke.)

If you can’t find small grape tomatoes on the vine, you’re still a good person.

Just roast a cup or two with a few sprigs of fresh thyme leaves and a small glug of oil. And say glug a lot, because you’re overdue for a good face punching.

Sausage Meatballs with Kale and Creamy Polenta / Bev Cooks

You take some Italian sausage links and roll them into meatballs. You could also just brown the sausage like a normal person, but I thought making them into meatballs seemed a bit more festive! It’s festive, right? It’s totally festive.

Brown the balls, remove the balls, add a bunch of kale to the pan and wilt. Add the balls back. Take a photo. (You don’t have to take a photo.)

Sausage Meatballs with Kale and Creamy Polenta / Bev Cooks

In the meantime, make some creamy polenta.

Contrary to popular belief, making polenta isn’t at all laborious! Even the slow-cook kind. I just keep the pot on medium low-ish and stir every couple of minutes, until the polenta doesn’t drip off the back of a wooden spoon. Takes maybe 15 minutes. 10 even. Not long. Then you stir in butter and parmesan, and the soul fairies in your heart unleash and do the Macarena.

Now just ladle a good ol’ plop of polenta down in a bowl, and take the back of the ladle and sort of spread it out all nice like, as you pretend you’re a chef named FWALAWALOUSEZ.

Then just arrange a few meatballs on it, some kale, a few roasted turmaters, and that’s life, you guys. Life.

Sausage Meatballs with Kale and Creamy Polenta / Bev Cooks

Extra thyme leaves for garnish? Yeshhh.

More grated parmesan (also known as “cheese rain” for the kiddies) on the ready? Obviously.

Absolute ridiculous creamy, savory, deliciousness to the max? Duh.

Sausage Meatballs with Kale and Creamy Polenta / Bev Cooks

You may now inhale.

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  • 1 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • a few sprigs of fresh thyme, plus more for garnish
  • 1 pound Italian sausage (casings removed), rolled into 1-inch meatballs
  • 4-5 cups of chopped kale
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup polenta
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan
  • 2 Tbs. butter
  • coarse salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. Preheat your oven to 400.
  2. On a baking sheet, arrange the tomatoes and drizzle with the oil. Sprinkle with thyme leaves and season with a pinch of salt. Roast for 20 minutes, until the tomatoes are blistered and wilting.
  3. In a large skillet, brown the meatballs on medium, until you get good searing all over, and the meatballs are cooked through, about 8 minutes. Remove the meatballs from the pan.
  4. Add the kale to the pan and stir to wilt. (add a tiny bit of water to help in the wilting, if needed.)
  5. In the meantime, add the milk, water and polenta to a medium saucepan. Stir and simmer over medium, until the polenta is no longer dripping off the back of a wooden spoon, about 15 minutes. Off the heat, stir in the butter, parmesan, a good pinch of salt and pepper. Stir to combine. It should be good and creamy by now. Are tears falling? I knew it.
  6. Ladle the polenta into bowls, and top with the sausage meatballs, kale, and a few of the blistered tomatoes. Garnish with more thyme and parmesan if ya want. You should want.
  7. Makes about four good dinner servings.

Sausage Meatballs with Kale and Creamy Polenta / Bev Cooks

Fall eating is so hot right now.

(p.s. I’m taking the rest of this week off, as we’re traveling to the Dominican Republic AT LIKE THREE AM TOMORROW. But I shall return, bright eyed and bushy tailed next Tuesday. So no Flotsam this Friday. We cool? I’ll make it up to you, swearsies. <–gross.)




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10 Responses to Sausage Meatballs with Kale and Creamy Polenta

  1. Raeden Gianopoulos September 13, 2016 at 10:55 am #
    >>>>> The soul fairies doing the macarena<<< You just made my day! Also, I'M MAKING THIS ASAP! yuuuummmmm Have fun on your trip, lady!
    • Solitaire Online July 5, 2020 at 6:12 pm #
      Very inspiring and helpful too.Hope you continue to share more of your ideas.I will definitely love to read.
  2. Emily September 13, 2016 at 1:02 pm #
    This looks IDEAL for a quick meal...with a toddler at dinner time I can totally appreciate a quick dinner!
  3. Laura @ Raise Your Garden September 16, 2016 at 7:04 am #
    I'm super excited for this recipe because I grew, roll drum please. 24 cherry tomato plants. Honestly, I've been eating most of them (they do taste like candy, so sweet) but I'm always looking for ways to use them to in recipes, not just in salads. This looks yummy =)
  4. Lindsey September 20, 2016 at 7:44 am #
    I made this last night and both my husband and I LOVED it. Simple and delicious. It's going to be a go-to.
  5. Rachel September 28, 2016 at 2:21 pm #
    This is SO GOOD. So good. Seriously, so good... did I mention that? It's always a challenge for me to find the desire to cook after working a full day, but this is incredibly simple and quick. I think I'll make some variation of it every week (and hope we never tire of it). Thank you!
  6. Kate October 2, 2016 at 4:32 pm #
    This looks so good! I am so hungry right now.
  7. fabiana September 4, 2017 at 3:09 pm #
    Wow this looks really good !!
  8. como fazer tiaras da moda January 17, 2018 at 5:02 pm #
    Delicious! I love preparing different dishes.


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