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Creamy Polenta

Mashed potatoes can move right over! It's time for Creamy Polenta to shine. This basic side dish will make any meal feel so special. Featuring parmesan and cream cheese, each bite is heavenly.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: European
Keyword: cheese, cornmeal, creamy, parmesan, polenta
Servings: 4
Calories: 300kcal
Author: Nicole Beaulieu


  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1 cup coarse cornmeal
  • 2 tbsp butter unsalted
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese*


  • Add the water and salt to a medium-sized pot over high heat. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Add the cornmeal. Stir constantly until the mixture thickens significantly, about 2 minutes.
  • Keeping the mixture at a bare simmer, cook the cornmeal for 20 minutes, or until creamy and tender. Whisk very often to avoid the polenta splattering and/or sticking to the bottom of the pot.
  • Remove the polenta from the heat. Stir in the butter, cream cheese, and parmesan cheese. Taste for salt, and serve hot.


*Feel free to add more or less parmesan as you prefer.
Make sure you serve your polenta immediatelyas it will begin to solidify as it cools down.
Nutritional information is an estimate and may vary depending on the ingredients you use.
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Calories: 300kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 891mg | Potassium: 159mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 463IU | Calcium: 169mg | Iron: 1mg