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How To Make Polenta

This is the classic recipe for polenta and will give you a fantastic product!

Course Breakfast
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 6 servings
Calories 167 kcal
Author Janelle Maiocco


  • 4 cups Liquid I use 2 cups chicken broth, 2 cups cream; feel free to adjust ratios
  • 1 cup Corn Meal/Polenta
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 2-4 Tbs. Butter
  • Sea Salt and coarse Pepper to taste


  1. In a saucepan, bring stock and cream to a simmer.
  2. Vigorously whisk in corn meal.
  3. Lower heat and stir frequently for 10-15 minutes until corn meal softens (taste it!). You may need to stir in extra stock to achieve your desired soft-or-firm consistency (I use a wooden spoon).
  4. Remove from heat and stir in Butter and Parmesan. Adjust seasoning with salt and coarse pepper (white pepper won’t make black specks).
  5. Serve immediately… or plunk into a tray to firm up for shapes the next day.