Cheesy Polenta with Rich Tomato Sauce

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 35 mins

I have finely gotten my husband to experience the joys of polenta. This is one of my favorite ways to prepare it.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, add the oil.
  2. Add the next 5 ingredients; cook for 5 minutes or until soft.
  3. Add in the tomatoes, parsley, basil, thyme, and rosemary.
  4. Bring to a simmer and simmer for 15 minutes.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. In a large soup pot, heat the water with 1 teaspoon of salt to boiling.
  7. Pour in the cornmeal in a slow stream while whisking constantly.
  8. Lower the heat and simmer, stirring often with a wooden utensil,for 20 minutes or until the polenta is thick and pulls away from the sides of the pan.
  9. Add in the butter and parmesan cheese; stir to combine.
  10. Ladle the polenta into individual bowls; top with tomato sauce.
  11. Sprinkle with extra parmesan cheese.


Most Helpful

We loved this. It's perfect for my vegetarian niece and substantial enough for everyone. I made the sauce exactly as directed, and used a coarse polenta with more cheese stirred in. My husband commented that there was a lot of chopping, but I find that a meditative task. Served with green salad and glasses of zinfandel.

Debbie1951 June 25, 2007

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