Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 45 mins

Comfort Food! Most polenta recipes (at least the ones I've seen) call for stove-top cooking and a lot of stirring. This recipe gives excellent results without all that. This recipe was adapted from one in the L.A. Times. Give credit to their Test-kitchen staff.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350 deg F.
  2. Spray a 2-quart oven-proof casserole with non-stick spray.
  3. Combine broth, salt, cornmeal and butter in the casserole and stir well.
  4. Bake for 40 minutes.
  5. remove from oven and add shredded cheese; stir well.
  6. Return to oven and bake for 5 more minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and set aside to rest for 5 minutes before serving.
  8. Garnish with parsley to serve as a side dish, or use instead of pasta with sauces.
  9. *Note1: refrigerated leftovers will firm up, and can be fried like mush.
  10. *Note2: According to the original instructions, if you double the recipe, you must double the cooking time too.
Most Helpful

Fantastic! I have never made polenta, just bought it in tubes. I have also never eaten it soft out of the oven, I usually fry it. This was easy, and I ate it soft and loved it that way.
I didn't have chicken stock, so I added a bouillion cube to some water, and it turned out great. An excellent side dish!
Update- this has gone into our regular rotation as a side dish. I have made it many many times. The consistency can be adjusted according to how much liquid is added, and if you make it firm, you can slice it and fry it the next day. YUM. I also add sharp cheddar or another strongly flavored cheese and it makes it better.

Retro Kali August 22, 2011

Fantastic polenta. A little on the salty side, but I did use a full strength vegetable broth - I will cut with water, as suggested by others, next time. I also spiced it up a bit with garlic, basil, pepper, and a dash of cayenne pepper. Added in an italian blend of cheese and I'm done. Delicious - thanks for the staple recipe!! I'm looking forward to letting it firm up and grilling etc.

Veggie_Girl December 28, 2009

This turned out great! I used half chicken broth, half water and just added a sprinkling of seasoned salt. Also used colby jack cheese and added half can of green chilies. Cooked for about 45 minutes. Perfect!

Chris from Kansas July 02, 2013