Perfect Polenta Recipe

Perfect Polenta Recipe

How To Make Perfect Polenta

Put together an appetizing side with this polenta recipe. This Italian cornmeal soup is made thick and creamy and finished with cheese.

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 35 minutes
Total: 50 minutes



  • 4cupswater
  • 1tspfine salt
  • 1cuppolenta
  • 3tbspbutter,divided
  • ½cupParmigiano-Reggiano cheese,freshly grated, plus more for garnish


  1. Bring water and salt to a boil in a large saucepan; pour polenta slowly into boiling water, whisking constantly until all polenta is stirred in and there are no lumps.

  2. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 5 minutes, whisking often until polenta starts to thicken. The polenta mixture should still be slightly loose.

  3. Cover and cook for 30 minutes, whisking every 5 to 6 minutes. When the polenta is too thick to whisk, stir with a wooden spoon.

  4. The polenta is done when the texture is creamy and the individual grains are tender.

  5. Turn off heat and gently stir 2 tablespoons butter into polenta until butter partially melts; mix ½ cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese into polenta until cheese has melted.

  6. Cover and let stand 5 minutes to thicken; stir and taste for salt before transferring to a serving bowl.

  7. Top polenta with the remaining 1 tablespoon butter and about 1 tablespoon freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese for garnish.


  • Calories: 294.45kcal
  • Fat: 14.13g
  • Saturated Fat: 8.61g
  • Trans Fat: 0.35g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 3.79g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.75g
  • Carbohydrates: 31.79g
  • Fiber: 1.53g
  • Sugar: 0.79g
  • Protein: 9.53g
  • Cholesterol: 35.54mg
  • Sodium: 710.41mg
  • Calcium: 231.20mg
  • Potassium: 75.48mg
  • Iron: 0.59mg
  • Vitamin A: 115.64µg
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