Polenta with Italian Sausage

4 cups water
1 cup cornmeal
1 teaspoon salt
1 pound Italian sausage
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1 (14.5 ounce) can Italian stewed tomatoes
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Combine water, cornmeal and salt in a double boiler or heavy saucepan; bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, brown the sausage and garlic in a large skillet; drain. Cool slightly. Cut sausage into 1-in. pieces; return to the skillet. Add parsley, tomatoes and tomato paste; bring to a boil. Remove from the heat.

Spread half of the cornmeal mixture in a serving dish; top with half of the sausage mixture. Repeat layers. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

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