Polenta with Pork Sausage

Polenta with Pork Sausage

Polenta with Pork Sausage

Italian corn polenta with breakfast sausage crumbles & garlic herbed parmesan cheese

Polenta is to Italy what Grits are to the Southern United States  — pure and simple comfort food!

Our Polenta with Pork Sausage is made from Italian ground yellow corn and blended with whole milk, parmesan cheese, sweet cream butter, a Tuscan herb blend and savory seasoned pork sausage crumbles. 

Delicious as a hot breakfast or as a savory dinner side.

4.39 fork rating
(from 717 fork ratings)


  • 1 Serving Meal
  • Dietary Considerations:  meat dish (pork sausage); gluten conscious
    • all-natural ingredients
    • 370 calories
    • 14 g protein
  • Meal Net Weight:  3.0 oz | 86 g    
  • Meal Kit Includes:  polenta mix
  • Requires:  boiling water
  • Recommended:  long handled spoon;  Cook–in–Cozy™


Cooking method
just add water
Water required
8 ounces
boiling water
Cook time
10 minutes
10 ounces

Cooking instructions

natural desiccant.
1 cup (8 oz / 236 ml) of boiling water to the pouch and stir.

air from pouch and seal.


for 10 minutes.

Cook-in-Cozy™ recommended but not required.

to blend.

to your Polenta with Pork Sausage!

Ingredients & Nutrition

Polenta (corn meal), Whole Milk, Pork Sausage (pork, salt, spices, sugar, sodium phosphate), Parmesan Cheese (partially skim milk, cultures, salt, enzymes, disodium phosphate), Sweet Corn Puree, Sea Salt, Spices, Butter (sweet cream, salt, annatto, nonfat milk solids, sodium caseinate, disodium phosphate), Minced Shallots, Red and Green Bell Peppers, Organic Chives, Green Onions
Special Notes:



Customer Reviews

4.39 fork rating
(from 717 fork ratings)

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by Tiffany Sessions
There is nothing wrong with this meal - I just found it very, very bland. It was filling - just not enjoyable or flavorful. This is the only PackItGourmet meal I have had that I wouldn't order again - so disappointing considering that everything else I have had it outstanding.

by Sherry Hardin
This was actually something I would eat for breakfast at home. Solid flavors. I would suggest making sure you really get in the corners of the bag when mixing...my only criticism and it was my fault. :)

by Richard Beanum
Great flavor but 9oz is too much. Ruined 2 meals...next time I'm gonna use 60z
Staff reply
Hi Richard, I'm so sorry that adding 9 ounces of water was not the consistency you were hoping for. Since reading your review we have done many in-house tests and we do feel comfortable with the flavor and consistency that 9 ounces delivers. For your future Polenta dishes, and for other customers, if you are seeking a thicker polenta I recommend starting with 7 ounces of *boiling* (very impt!) water and adding more if needed. The beautiful thing about Polenta is that you can always add more to make it thinner without compromising the dish!

by Brad Lindstrom
I didn’t care for this one. Bland.

by Michael Hom
Had this for breakfast. What a great way to start the day! 9 ounces of water made it a bit to soupy but it was still a good breakfast on a chill morning. Consider it a lesson learned

by Ron Mueller
An excellent blend of textures and flavors make this a Most Enjoyable backpacking meal. I ate the first one at home so I would know what I might want to bring to "fortify" or flavor it up. Nothing was needed.

This is an excellent breakfast, or can be split with a friend to make an excellent breakfast side if you want to share for variety.

by Dena Martin
I ordered this awhile back and the name sounded like a dinner. While eating it, I thought to myself, "This is just sausage & grits that I'd eat for breakfast". It was really good, I made it a bit thin unintentionally. I didn't taste cheese or spices, just sausage & grits. That said, it was very good and I'll definitely order again. Perfect quantity, sausage was plump & soft and it warmed my belly. Might add more cheese next time. I didn't find it salty at all (as another reviewer mentioned).

by Tracy Novak
This was great. I didn't measure the water and mine was a bit thin. Added instant potatoes and was very good. Very quick hot meal.

by Michael B
I tried this for dinner and added smoked sausage..Perffect! Never knew exactly what this was and tried something new. I would consider this more as a breakfast meal that a side or dinner. But overall...Nice

by Bob S.
I decided to eat this for breakfast. Because of its ease of preparation I used a simple alcohol stove and and a small titanium pot. This dish fits in really well with my style of easy backpacking cooking. Heat some water, pour over the concoction, let sit and eat.

Preparation: Could not be easier. I used the Cook-In-Bag method. I simply boiled some water, added the Polenta mix to the larger outer bag, poured in the hot water, sealed it shut, slipped the bag inside an insulated coozy and waited 10 minutes. I then just ate the polenta right out of the bag with a long handled spoon. The best part was no dirty dishes to deal with.

Taste: Very good and filling. The sausage bits, Parmesan cheesy and garlic really made this a flavorful meal.

Originally posted on BackpackGearTest

by DustyB
I ate this for dinner in camp. Mine was still soupy after 5 min, so I kneaded it and after 10 min it was still a bit thin. It was very tasty though and I would use a little less water next time. The sausage bits had a great texture and the dish was very comforting on a chilly night. This was my first PG dish, and I look forward to tasting the others I bought (corn pudding & grits souffle)

by Carol C.
This was easy to make - just add boiling water to the pouch and stir. I ate the polenta for lunch and enjoyed the nice warming sensation. The sausage was especially good. It tasted like fresh cooked sausage.

Originally posted on BackpackGearTest

by Carolyn S
Easy, tasty, extra compact and light. Well worth becoming a breakfast staple.

Next time I would add less water to start as it was very soupy, and add more as needed.

The sausage was a must. I think it would have been quite bland without.

I was still a bit hungry after but it was a cold night and that always stirs the apatite. In better weather I think it would have been plenty.

by Thomas V.
Stove used: alcohol stove
My breakfast of choice on the trail has long been oatmeal. It sticks with me, is easy to cook, and is even easier to carry. On a long 9 mile ( km) hike along the LoneStar Trail, I stopped and cooked up the Creamy Italian Polenta with Sausage for breakfast. It was pretty easy and all I had to do was heat water with my alcohol stove, bring the water to a boil, then mix in the polenta and sausage. When it had cooked for a few minutes I pulled the polenta off the heat, added some parmesan cheese, and waited for things to cool off.

The wait was more than worth it. I was starving after hiking for about two miles ( km) and the Polenta was tasty. It had a great texture and most importantly it filled me up. It was just enough for a hot breakfast or lunch, but not enough for a dinner. While I am not a grits fan, this polenta was pretty close to what I consider grits and I would eat it again. In fact, I am pretty sure that I have found something to alternate with my oatmeal while planning trail breakfasts.

Originally posted on BackpackGearTest

by Steven Singkofer
I must have received the bad batch of polenta. I was really looking forward to it, but the amount of salt in the meal was nearly enough to gag me. Really! I could only eat two spoonsful of the polenta before having to dump it out. I *may* order it once more, just to be sure I wasn't hallucinating.

by Kim Varey
My backcountry partner and I gave this a 'test drive' in Glacier NP this past weekend -- fantastic. Very easy to prep, tasty and filling enough to power us up the trail. We'll definitely be ordering more for breakfast and dinner on our backpacks.

by Brad Carson
Outstanding! Creamy, filling, tasty, everything you want for breakfast. Could not be easier to make. I ordered the versions with sausage which I thought brought a lot of flavor to the table.

by Brendan Parker
I decided to try this polenta on a chilly winter morning in Colorado. I woke up and was excited to try this meal out. I got it all made and it tasted pretty good, every mouthfull was creamy, garlicy, ans cheesey. The only problem was that it was really strong, after about 10 or so bites i coud not eat it anymore. So i just just finished off my tea and was out of there

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Press articles

This meal has a really good flavor and it’s just something a little different — I mean, who eats something like this on trail?

— Homemade Wanderlust: My 5 Favorite Backpacking Meals, YouTube Video, January 2019

A very easy meal indeed – one pot style and doesn’t need a lot of water... Nice mild spicy hint underneath and very creamy.

— Trail Cooking & The Outdoors, October, 2008

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Gluten Conscious?
Gluten Conscious is a term we use to describe a product that is prepared with gluten free ingredients; however, it is not prepared in a gluten-free environment. While we are careful to avoid cross-contamination, it is possible that trace amounts of gluten may be present due to the use of gluten in our facility.
Why is a Cook–in–Cozy™ recommended?

We recommend that all of our hot meals spend time "steep-cooking" while snuggled in a Cook-in-Cozy. We find this method promotes a more consistent temperature and steady cook time for Cook-in-Bag preparation; and results in a better serving temperature for your meal. When not in use, our Cook-in-Cozy folds away nicely in your pack for storage and weighs in at only 1.4oz.

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