Easy Homemade Polenta

I love soft, warm polenta as a canvas for all sorts of flavors, from seafood in cream sauce to a spicy fra diavlo, but I have always purchased my polenta in those handy supermarket polenta logs. I had no idea just how easy homemade polenta was to make until last week.

easy homemade polenta

Inspired again by the Moosewood cookbook, I decided to make homemade polenta cutlets with a spicy tomato “meat”sauce. The polenta was as simple as following the directions on the bag of Bob’s Red Mill organic polenta corn grits.

polenta grits

Two cups of cornmeal, six cups of water, salt, and butter later, I was forming my polenta cutlets in a well oiled glass baking dish. Fruity California olive oil gave them some beautiful flavor in addition to making it easy to get them out of the dish.

easy homemade polenta

Once the polenta was done, I made a quick meat sauce using meatless meatballs, lots of garlic and crushed red pepper, and a can of tomatoes.

meatless meatballs

canned tomatoes

When dinner time rolled around, I topped slices of polenta with sauce and parmesan cheese. The sauce was spicy and the polenta was pillowy, soft goodness, perfect in every way.

easy homemade polenta

I love discovering that some things are really easy to make. Smile Do you have any recent easy discoveries?

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Tags: Food, polenta, recipe, Vegetarian

  1. Daisy’s avatar

    I never knew Polenta was so easy to make, either. this excites me!


  2. Emily @ A Cambridge Story’s avatar

    yummmm! I always rely on those polenta logs but a creamy, homemade version is SO much better.


  3. Megan’s avatar

    I still have not made polenta at home but always talk about making it. Oddly, I even have a box of it, so it would super simple to just do it one night! This looks tasty!


  4. Michelle Collins’s avatar

    I’ve always bought the polenta logs, too – good to know homemade polenta is so easy to make!


  5. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

    I love polenta. I haven’t made it in quite some time. Thanks for the reminder that I need to get back to it!


  6. Michelle’s avatar

    Confession: I’ve never made polenta before. You make it look so easy though!


  7. Elizabeth’s avatar

    Polenta with meaty tomatoes is such a delicious combo


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