1Cook polenta in a medium saucepan according to package directions. At the end, stir in 1/3 cup cheese and cream cheese.
2Meanwhile, heat oil in a large frying pan over high heat. Cook beef, onion, and garlic, stirring often to break up meat, until meat is no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Transfer beef mixture to a plate using a slotted spoon and discard excess fat. Return meat to the pan and add rosemary, oregano, red pepper, 1/8 teaspoon salt; cook for 4 minutes, stirring frequently. Add tomatoes, simmer on low heat to meld flavors, 8 to 10 minutes.
3Divide polenta evenly among 4 shallow bowls. Top each serving with beef mixture, a sprinkling of basil, and the remaining cheese.
Finding the absolute best ingredients such a big part of Chef Antoine Westermann’s culinary career and the main drive behind all of his expertly crafted dishes. His relationship with farmers and purveyors are critical to his work as a chef. While visiting one of his providers in New York, the French chef describes his efforts to find the best local ingredients for his restaurant.
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