Delicious and healthy Italian Polenta Skillet is a fun weeknight dinner that’s ready fast. Made with lean ground turkey meat and veggies, it’s the perfect dinner that everyone will love.

Italian Polenta Skillet with chopped basil on top.

Break out the skillet, because this is going to be your new favorite meal. Full of flavor and easy to make, it’s a sure crowd pleaser with all of those delicious Italian flavors.

Italian Polenta Skillet is a recipe that combines all of the classic Italian meat sauce flavors you love, with convenient and delicious prepared polenta tube. Toped with mozzarella and parmesan, this cheesy meal can’t be beat!

For another delicious polenta dish, be sure to check out this delicious Lemon Polenta Cake, a naturally gluten-free cake that’s super tasty!

How to Use Tubed Polenta

If you’ve never used tubed polenta before, it can seem odd. Quite literally it is cooked polenta that is compacted into a vacuum sealed, easy to use tube.

Tubed polenta is a great shortcut to making polenta from scratch. Plus, similar to chicken, it is a blank slate when it comes to flavors and easily takes on whatever flavors you add.

Trader Joe's tubed polenta.

In most grocery stores, tubed polenta is found in the either the refrigerator section near the tofu, or in the pasta section. I always buy tubed polenta from Trader Joe’s, which you can get in store for less than $5 per tube. You could also try out their super simple recipe for Polenta Pizzaiola.

To use tubed polenta, just slice and serve. The creamy texture makes a great side dish or create this Italian Polenta Skillet and have a heathy and hearty main course.

Close up of piece of Italian polenta skillet.

Another fun way to use tubed polenta is to crisp it up a bit along with some garlic and add it as croutons to your salad. You can also, brush with oil and grill it alongside your meats and veggies. Give it a try and you’re sure to love it.

Italian Polenta Skillet

I have always loved making skillet meals. For one it gives me a reason to use my Le Creuset Skillet pan, which is always a good thing. Also, skillet meals are simple to put together, like my tasty Skillet Burrito.

For this recipe, my inspiration came from traditional Italian meat sauce on top of pasta. But here, instead of pasta I used tubed polenta.

Italian polenta skillet with slice of polenta on a white plate.

The sauce is both hearty and healthy. You’ll find that using just a little bit of ground turkey meat can go a long way when adding mushrooms and spinach to the mix.

Moreover, I decided to make things super simple by just using jarred marinara sauce. My two absolute favorite jarred marinara sauces are Rao’s Marinara Sauce and Victoria Marinara Sauce. They taste just as good as homemade!

To start, just slice the tubed polenta into eight slices and crisp up in your skillet. Meanwhile, make the sauce using ground turkey and whatever veggies you have on hand. Here I used mushrooms, onions, and spinach, but broccoli or carrots would be tasty too.

cast iron pan with sauce and cheese on top.

Then just pour the sauce over the polenta slices. Lastly, add on the cheese and broil until bubbly. It’s really just that simple.

Italian Polenta Skillet is a fun take from the regular pasta with meat sauce. And it’s a great way to sneak in veggies. Guaranteed, this is going to be a new family favorite. Enjoy!

For another easy skillet meal, don’t miss this delicious Stuffed Peppers Skillet made with Italian sausage!

More Healthy Italian Weeknight Dinners

Italian Polenta Skillet with chopped basil on top.

Italian Polenta Skillet with Turkey and Vegetables

Delicious and easy skillet meal using tubed polenta, which you can find in your grocery store. Topped with hearty turkey vegetable tomato sauce, and melty mozzarella and parmesan cheeses.
5 from 12 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 338kcal
Cost: 9


  • 10-inch oven proof skillet


  • 3 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 18 ounce tube prepared polenta
  • ½ pound ground turkey
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • ½ cup onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • 1 cup spinach, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons basil, chopped
  • 4 ounces mozzarella slices (shredded works)
  • ¼ cup parmesan, shredded


  • Preheat oven broiler. Place oven rack in top position closest to broiler.
  • Slice the polenta into 8 equal-sized slices. Heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil in a oven proof skillet over medium heat. When oil is heated add polenta slices and cook about 5 minutes on each side until crispy and light golden brown. Remove pan with polenta from heat and set aside.
  • In a saucepan, heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil over medium high heat. Add in the ground turkey and break up with a spoon. When cooked through (about 5 minutes) add in the mushrooms, onion, garlic, and oregano. Cook until mushrooms and onions soften, about 5 minutes. Add in the marinara sauce and spinach. Bring to a simmer and cook to thicken slightly, about 4 minutes. Stir in the basil. Carefully pour the meat mixture over the polenta in the skillet.
  • Sprinkle parmesan over the skillet then lay on the slices of mozzarella. Place pan in oven and broil until cheese is melted and bubbly, about 3 minutes. Top with basil if desired.



This meal comes together very quickly and makes for the perfect weeknight dinner. Great as leftovers too! 


Calories: 338kcal
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  1. I omitted the ground turkey and substituted sundried tomatoes for the mushrooms. It was delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  2. 5 stars
    This was really good, 😋thank you. My husband doesn’t usually like polenta but he loved this. Will definitely be making this again😊

  3. Wow! I’ve never tried anything like this before, but it looks so unique and tasty! Definitely going to give it a go thanks for sharing!