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Creamy Polenta Recipe

Our Creamy Polenta Recipe oozes luxuriousness, has a hint of nuttiness from parmesan cheese and is the perfect accompaniment to well, just about anything. Easier to make than you think, super inexpensive and a great way to impress. 

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Keyword creamy polenta, easy polenta, polenta recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 199 kcal
Author Nicole


  • 1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups coarsely ground cornmeal
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper (optional)


  1. Add chicken broth, water, and milk to a large heavy-bottomed pot. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Add the salt. Stir. Slowly whisk in the cornmeal.

  2. Continue to simmer the cornmeal while stirring every few minutes. Be sure to keep up on the stirring so the polenta doesn't stick to the bottom and does't clump up. The process should take about 20 minutes.

  3. When the polenta is thick and creamy, turn the heat off. Add the butter, cheese, and black pepper. Stir until the butter and cheese have melted. Season to taste with salt and pepper. If the polenta is too thick, add a splash of milk or cream to loosen it up.

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Polenta Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 199 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 16mg5%
Sodium 355mg15%
Potassium 201mg6%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 210IU4%
Calcium 132mg13%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.