For the soft polenta, I used a coarse grind from Bob’s Red Mill. I heated up three and a half cups of water and then gradually stirred in a cup of the polenta. Simmer for ten minutes and then stir in salt and white pepper to taste, plus a tablespoon or two of olive oil or butter. Cover to keep warm. This could be a really fast meal if you use pre-made sauce and prepared polenta, but really, this did not take much time to whip up. Here’s the ragu recipe:
Chunky Tomato Ragu
1 15-ounce can diced, fire-roasted tomatoes
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup diced, white onion
1 small carrot, thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed
pinch of salt
pinch of crushed Aleppo pepper
pinch of sugar
Drain off the excess juice from the tomatoes, and set aside. In a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat and saute the onion and carrot until soft. Add the tomatoes, garlic, salt, pepper, and sugar, and simmer, covered, for ten minutes. Serve hot over the warm polenta, and top with a poached or over-easy egg.
Cafe Aion’s version of the ragu included fresh rosemary and chopped bell peppers, which I enjoyed but skipped. I will definitely be going back to try more of their dishes–I took home some of their house-made croissants, which were to die for. Very impressed.
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