· 4 tablespoons olive oil· 1 1/2 pounds mild Italian sausage, casings removed· 2 carrots, chopped· 1 onion, chopped· 4 cloves garlic, minced· 1/3 cup dry white wine· 1 1/2 cups canned crushed tomatoes in thick puree (from one 15-ounce can)· 3/4 cup canned low-sodium chicken broth or homemade stock· 6 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley· 1 bay leaf· 1 3/4 teaspoons salt· 1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper· 3 tablespoons light cream· 4 1/2 cups water· 1 1/3 cups coarse or medium cornmeal· 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
Step 1In a large deep frying pan, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over moderately high heat. Add the sausage and cook, breaking up the meat with a fork until no longer pink, about 3 minutes. Tilt the pan and spoon off all but 2 tablespoons fat. Reduce the heat to moderate. Add the carrots, onion, and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables start to soften, about 5 minutes. Stir in the wine and let simmer 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes, broth, 4 tablespoons of the parsley, the bay leaf, and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt. Simmer, covered, for 15 minutes. Uncover, add the pepper, and simmer 5 minutes longer. Remove the bay leaf. Stir in the cream and the remaining 2 tablespoons parsley. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, bring the water and the remaining 1 1/4 teaspoons salt to a boil. Add the cornmeal in a slow stream, whisking constantly. Whisk in the remaining 3 tablespoons oil. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon, until the polenta is thick, about 20 minutes. Stir in the Parmesan. Serve the polenta topped with the meat sauce. Pass additional Parmesan.