While your polenta is cooking up, it’s time to make the marinara sauce. Marinara sauce is a quick and easy tomato sauce made with very few ingredients – just tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper and a little oregano or basil. No meat, no butter, no onions, and canned tomatoes are actually preferable to the fresh ones for this sauce. Try and get the San Marzano ones if you can – they are tomato perfection in a can.
Last but not least, you’ll want to do the shrimp. Get the nice big ones (Costco is my go-to place for great shrimp). You are going to give them a quick saute in some garlic and olive oil, and as soon as they are cooked you are going to pour your lovely marinara sauce over them and stir everything together.
Now! Ladle a nice puddle of polenta into warmed bowls, add three or four shrimp to each bowl, and spoon on a little more marinara sauce. Add some shavings of parmesan cheese and there you go. Tender shrimp bathed in marinara sauce and nestled in a warm and wonderful bowl of creamy polenta, just like I promised.