creamy tomato polenta gnocchi with bacon

I am drooling a little just writing this post. Have you ever randomly thrown something together and then continued to be impressed with yourself at how ridiculously good it was? This is one of those times. Lately, work has been a little...hectic. Every job has a busy season and mine is the winter. And so it goes... (please tell me you are a Kurt Vonnegut fan and you loved that Slaughterhouse Five reference). Anyway, keeping up with cooking and blogging has been a challenge the past few weeks so Dave and I have relied heavily on healthy packaged foods, 10 minute meals and rousing games of Refrigerator Roulette. The other night, I dragged myself to the fridge around 10pm, took a look around and grabbed Trader Joe's Polenta Provencal from the freezer and...oh look, I found bacon!! I've mentioned that I usually keep uncured fully cooked bacon (from where else but Trader Joe's) in the fridge for reasons such as this. I had not tried this new polenta meal yet, so this dish was either going to be knock your socks off amazing or a terrible, horrible flop. Knowing it made it to the blog, I will let you decide how it went. Or you can judge by the fact that Dave inhaled it and then proclaimed it was the best thing he has ever had (I know, he does say that a lot, doesn't he?).  #knockyoursocksoff

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Serves: 2

Prep & Cook Time: 10 minutes


Fresh From the Market

  • 6 slices Uncured Bacon (preferably precooked)

From the Freezer

  • 1 bag Trader Joe's Polenta Provencal

Kitchen Gadgets:

  • Skillet or Microwave

Cooking Instructions:

  • This entire meal can be prepared with either a skillet or a microwave, depending on your preference.
  • Follow the instructions on the packages but the polenta will cook for about 8 minutes and the bacon only needs to be heated up for a few minutes. Seriously.
  • This polenta is just like gnocchi which is beyond exciting for me because gnocchi was my favorite pasta before going gluten free. The sauce is a spicy creamy tomato with veggies and it is unbelievably good. Make the bacon crispy so you can simply crumble it over the top of the polenta. Enjoy and feel proud of yourself for making something relatively healthy (or, at least, found a healthier alternative), in less than 10 minutes for less than $10.
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If you have extra bacon, check out this yummy gluten free bacon, egg and cheese breakfast sandwich!


Jessica Flatley

My mission is to provide ideas and inspiration for the times life hands you a lemon. Learn how to manage a food allergy or intolerance, whether cooking for yourself or eating on the go. Let's turn lemons into lemonade together!