Servings: Serves 6
Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in a medium sauté pan or skillet over medium heat, and add onion, carrot, celery and cayenne. Sauté until onion is translucent, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add garlic and anchovies; cook, stirring frequently, until anchovies begin to melt and garlic is fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Add tomato sauce, reduce heat, and gently simmer 10 minutes. Stir in remaining olive oil.
In a medium, heavy saucepan, bring 6 cups water to a boil. Add salt and gradually whisk in cornmeal; continue whisking until polenta starts to thicken. Reduce heat to low and simmer 25 to 30 minutes. Using a wooden spoon, stir frequently to prevent polenta from sticking to bottom and burning. If polenta becomes too thick, add a ladle or two of water. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.
Ladle polenta into warmed bowls; top with sauce.
From the October 2002 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
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