Braised Italian Sausages Recipe

Braised Italian sausages with cheesy polenta

  • serves 4
  • Easy

Italian-style sausages with streaky bacon, herbs and a splash of red wine. Serve with some cheesy polenta for extra flavour and you've got a quick and easy midweek meal for all the family



olive oil
  • herby sausages 8
  • smoked streaky bacon 2 rashers, chopped
  • onion 1, sliced
  • garlic 1 clove, crushed
  • tomato purée 1 tbsp
  • red wine 250ml
  • rosemary a few sprigs, leaves stripped
  • chicken stock 1.2 litres
  • instant polenta 200g
  • butter 50g
  • parmesan 50g, grated


  • Step 1

    Heat a little olive oil in a pan and brown the sausages all over. Take out of the pan. Add the bacon to the pan and cook until crisp.

  • Step 2

    Now add the onions and cook until soft and golden. Add the garlic and tomato purée and cook for a minute then add the red wine and cook until reduced by half.

  • Step 3

    Put the sausages back in then add the rosemary and 200ml of the chicken stock. Simmer for 20 minutes until the sauce has reduced and the sausages are cooked.

  • Step 4

    Make up the polenta following pack instructions using the rest of the stock.

  • Step 5

    Beat the butter and cheese into the polenta and taste it before adding more seasoning, if needed. Add a splash more stock if you like it a little looser. Serve topped with the sausages and sauce.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 695
  • Fat 38.5g
  • Saturates 17.7g
  • Carbs 48.9g
  • Sugars 5.6g
  • Fibre 5.5g
  • Protein 29.8g
  • Salt 2.7g