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This spin on classic shrimp and grits is a quick, 'extra cozy' meal: Try the recipe

This spin on classic shrimp and grits is a quick, 'extra cozy' meal: Try the recipe

This recipe was developed by Rachael Hartley, RD, private practice dietitian and author of Gentle Nutrition.

Italian-style Shrimp and Grits from Rachael Hartley, RD

Makes 3 servings

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes


For Shrimp:

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 ounces spicy Italian chicken sausage, sliced into ½-inch thick rounds
  • ½ large red onion, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¾ cup canned tomato sauce
  • ¾ cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 package SeaPak Shrimp Scampi or around 12 ounces of Shrimp Scampi recipe of choice (Shrimp cooked in olive oil with favorite Italian seasonings works, too)
  • 2 cups baby spinach

For grits:

  • 1 18-ounce tube prepared polenta, sliced
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • ½ cup chicken or vegetable broth


  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat. Add sausage and cook until golden, about 4-5 minutes. Transfer to a plate with a slotted spoon and set aside until ready to use.
  2. Add red onions to the skillet along with a pinch of salt. There should be some leftover oil in the skillet, but if not, add another drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil first. Saute the onion until lightly golden, about 4 minutes. Stir in garlic and red pepper flakes and cook 1 minute more. Stir in tomato sauce and cherry tomatoes, reduce heat to medium, and simmer 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened.
  3. Stir in frozen shrimp scampi and cook, stirring occasionally, until shrimp are cooked through, about 5-7 minutes. Stir in spinach and cook 1 minute more until wilted.
  4. While the tomato-shrimp sauce is cooking, warm polenta, milk and broth in a pot on medium heat, breaking apart the polenta slices with a wooden spoon until fully combined and smooth.
  5. Spoon grits into a bowl, making a well in the middle. Top with shrimp and sausage mixture and serve.


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