Creamy 5-Ingredient Parmesan Polenta Recipe Cooks In 5 Minutes by Chef Gigi

Creamy 5-Ingredient Parmesan Polenta Recipe Cooks In 5 Minutes

Polenta is simply boiled cornmeal. The dish originated in Italy and can be served creamy, or baked, fried or grilled. There are two types of polenta that you can purchase at the grocery store: regular polenta or instant polenta. The traditional polenta is made with coarse cornmeal and takes a while – sometimes up to an hour – to cook. Instant polenta is made with dried pre-cooked cornmeal and cooks up in minutes.

This creamy polenta recipe is made with instant polenta, whole milk, chicken broth, butter and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. This gluten-free polenta can be served as a side dish with any protein, or used as a base for cooked mushrooms, ragus or other rich and hearty toppings.

Try this creamy five-ingredient Parmesan polenta with my baked chicken marsala recipe.

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Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4


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Recipe Notes

  • You could substitute any good melting cheese for the Parmesan.
  • Store any leftover polenta in an airtight container in the fridge.

Here's How to make it:

  1. To a large saucepan set over medium-high heat, add broth and milk. Bring to a boil. 
  2. While whisking vigorously, slowly pour the polenta into the boiling milk mixture. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer. Cook polenta, stirring often with a wooden spoon, until grains are completely tender, about 5 minutes.
  3. Remove the saucepan from heat and stir in Parmesan and butter. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 209

Total Fat: 9.9g

Saturated Fat: 6.1g

Cholesterol: 30mg

Sodium: 261mg

Total Carbohydrate: 18.9g

Dietary Fiber: 1.5g

Total Sugars: 6.4g

Protein: 11.3g

Vitamin D: 51mcg

Calcium: 264mg

Iron: 0mg

Potassium: 175mg

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Chef Gigi
With polenta being so plain it’s nice to see you can add flavor like this!
Elisa Schmitz
I love polenta. Because poltena is gluten-free, I use it almost as often as I use rice. It's really a great side dish for so many recipes. I love this recipe!

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