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Polenta Fries with Traditional Marinara Sauce #GetSaucy

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It’s a pleasure to surprise guests with a new taste and have them really enjoy it. I mean, we like French fries and potato chips at our house just as much as the next guy, but I love discovering and sharing tantalizing flavor combos. For example, have you ever eaten the Italian favorite, polenta? You should try it. This week I made baked polenta “fries” with a Francesco Rinaldi (no salt) tomato dipping sauce—delectable! I love it when something this delicious is healthy and simple to prepare—and this is both.

Recipe for Polenta Fries with Tomato Sauce

Are you familiar with Francesco Rinaldi pasta sauces? They have authentic, robust Italian flavor because…it’s really made by Italians! I suppose you could buy fresh tomatoes and herbs and make your own low-carb, gluten free pasta sauce without the preservatives, but you don’t have to—Francesco Rinaldi has already done all of that. Their sauces are a convenient pantry staple so you can have that homemade taste without having to stand at the stove and cook for hours. They have lots of flavors to choose from, too, both smooth and chunky.

Franceso Rinaldi Pasta Sauce at Walmart

Francesco Rinaldi Pasta Sauce

Polenta Cut into Fries

Polenta Fries Recipe

Ready to try this recipe? Here’s what you need to do: make a run to Walmart, where all good recipes start! Fill your cart so your pantry will be full of options. You can make homemade polenta, but I prefer to simply buy a 24 ounce tube. Then….

  1. Preheat oven to 450*
  2. Cut the polenta into slices about ½ inch thick and then cut the slices into sticks.
  3. Give your baking sheet a light spritz of olive oil cooking spray.
  4. Arrange the polenta fries on the baking sheet. Lightly baste them with olive oil.
  5. Season as desired with salt and pepper.
  6. Bake fries 35-40 minutes, until crisp and lightly browned.
  7. Sprinkle paprika on fries and top with delicious grated Parmigiano-Reggiano.

Grated Cheese on Polenta Fries

Recipe for Polenta Fries

You’re ready to dip those fries into the robust Rinaldi tomato sauce. You can warm up the sauce or enjoy it cold, as you would a ketchup. You’re gonna like it!

Francesco Rinaldi No Salt Added Sauce

Are you going to try polenta fries with tomato sauce? What can you create with Francesco Rinaldi Pasta Sauce?

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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.