Creamy Parmesan Polenta is a delicious, EASY to make (10 minutes) dish that’s full of flavor, and a perfect side dish for a variety of entrees.
Creamy Parmesan Polenta is a delicious, EASY to make (10 minutes) dish that's full of flavor, and a perfect side dish for a variety of entrees.

If you are looking for a flavor-filled side dish that goes GREAT with a number of main dishes, may I suggest this easy (and quick) recipe for creamy parmesan polenta? I’ve made it several times, and it always has turned out wonderfully, and compliments our meals very well!

It’s so easy, it can be made in about 10 minutes, so how can you go wrong? The polenta tastes so buttery and is flavored with freshly grated Parmesan cheese… so there’s that! YUM! Today I want to share just how easy this polenta is to make!

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How To Make Parmesan Polenta (It’s EASY)

Measure out the milk, water and salt into a medium saucepan. Bring the liquid to a boil over medium high heat.

Milk, water and salt are brought to a boil in saucepan.

Now it’s time to multi-task! SLOWLY add the cornmeal to the boiling liquid, whisking continually while you add the cornmeal. You need to do BOTH at the same time (it’s important)! Continue to whisk while you cook this mixture for 2-3 minutes, just until the polenta begins to thicken.

Cornmeal is slowly added and whisked into boiling milk, water and salt in pan.The polenta begins to thicken as it is whisked and cooked.

Once the polenta begins to thicken, turn the heat down to SIMMER. Cook the polenta, whisking or stirring often, until it becomes thick (but still creamy!).

Creamy polenta in pan has thickened and is ready for the final ingredients.

To Finish The Creamy Parmesan Polenta

Add the butter and freshly grated Parmesan cheese to the thickened polenta. Fresh grated parmesan adds the BEST flavor! Stir the parmesan polenta well, until all ingredients have become fully combined.

Once combined, the creamy parmesan polenta should be very thick, very delicious, and is now ready to serve!

Parmesan polenta is finished, once butter and grated Parmesan cheese are mixed in.

Time To Serve The Parmesan Polenta!

Once the parmesan polenta is ready, simply dish it up as a perfect side for a number of main courses! The cheesy, creamy side dish goes very well with chicken, pork, fish, and beef dishes. As you can see in the photos below, I have prepared it to serve with a chicken and broccoli meal, AND to serve with my delicious recipe for beef short ribs.

Here the creamy parmesan polenta is served with chicken and broccoli on top.Beef short ribs, served on top of the creamy parmesan polenta.

I hope you will consider trying this easy and delicious recipe for parmesan polenta, and trust you will enjoy serving it with a variety of meals! Have a GREAT day!

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Creamy Parmesan Polenta
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

Creamy Parmesan Polenta is a delicious, EASY to make (10 minutes) dish that's full of flavor, and a perfect side dish for a variety of entrees.

Category: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: parmesan polenta
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 217 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 3 cups milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup cornmeal (or polenta)
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup grated, fresh Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Measure out milk, water and salt into a medium saucepan. Bring liquid to a boil on medium high heat.

  2. SLOWLY add cornmeal to the boiling liquid, whisking continually while you add it. You need to do BOTH at the same time! Continue to whisk while it cooks for 2-3 minutes, just until polenta begins to thicken. Once polenta starts to thicken, turn heat down to SIMMER. Cook, whisking or stirring often, until it becomes thick (but still creamy!).

  3. Add butter and fresh grated Parmesan cheese to thickened polenta. Stir polenta well, until all ingredients are fully incorporated. Once combined, the creamy parmesan polenta is ready to serve, while hot! Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Parmesan Polenta
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/6th of total))
Calories 217 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 22mg7%
Sodium 224mg10%
Potassium 270mg8%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 413IU8%
Calcium 249mg25%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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