Basic polenta

Basic polenta


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About this recipe: This recipe is for the polenta novice. Two ingredients - polenta and water. So if you can boil can make a delicious pot of polenta every time! There are many options for polenta once it is cooked: you can mix in fresh herbs and cheeses, bake with vegetables, or fry it. Experiment and choose your favourite accompaniment!


Serves: 3 

  • 750ml (1 pint 5 oz) water
  • 120g (4 oz) polenta

Prep:5min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:45min 

  1. Bring water to a boil. Reduce to a simmer. Pour in polenta steadily, stirring constantly. Continue to stir until polenta is thickened. It should come away from sides of the pan, and be able to support a spoon. This can take anywhere from 20 to 50 minutes. Pour polenta onto a wooden cutting board, let stand for a few minutes before serving.

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Reviews (6)


The instructions are not very clear and may confuse some people..."Polenta" is the finished meal..."Corn Meal" is the ingredient that is needed to make POLENTA., also I use 2 parts of cold water to 1 part of cornmeal for a thicker polenta. To diminish any concerns of lumps, just add some corn meal to cold water, stir then add it to the boiling water and stir constantly. - 24 Jul 2008


Something else. The advice on this page is great, really helpful. I also watched this video as I'd never even seen polenta before: Key point being spoon it out into a dish and it will take the shape of the dish, then you can turn it out and slice it up. - 15 Feb 2009


This is the basic way to prepare polenta, which is cooked corn meal, I felt like giving it less stars b/c I was annoyed this recipe doesn't mention that. ...anyway, 3 parts water, one part cornmeal, and you have polenta. It take minutes to make before it thickens so don't be surprised based on the instructions. I like to chill mine a few hours then cut and grill it and top it with pasta sauce, grilled veggies and parm. yum! - 24 Jul 2008

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