Basic Polenta

    45 mins

    Polenta is corn meal (dried, crushed corn) and is very easy to cook. It tastes great with herbs, cheese or butter and cracked black pepper. Here's a simple and easy recipe for polenta.

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    Serves: 3 

    • 750ml water
    • 120g polenta (corn meal)

    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 serving plate/wooden cutting board, let stand for a few minutes before serving.

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    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. I pictured people walking through the store searching for polenta to add to the water...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!  -  11 Jun 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    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 cups of cold water to 1 cup 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.  -  13 Dec 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I've made polenta all my life and have never had it take that long to cook -- usually only a few minutes before it thickens up. It helps eliminate lumps if you mix your cornmeal to a cup of cold water, then add that to boiling water. Great with pesto, tomato and sausage.  -  19 Mar 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)