Southwest Polenta and Vegetables

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 25 mins

This sounded very yummy, all the right ingredients for our tastes, though I haven't cooked with polenta yet. goes! From 'Fitness' magazine, September 2008. NOTE: This recipe calls for mushrooms, which I hate, but being true to the recipe as written, I have included them here. But I won't use them ever...

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Chop onion, mushrooms (if using), zucchini and pepper. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Heat oil in large pan.
  2. Saute onion and garlic with 1/2 teaspoon salt for about 2 minutes, or until just soft. Add mushrooms, zucchini and red pepper; saute for ~3 minutes.
  3. Add corn, black beans, tomatoes, thyme, chile powder, cumin, pepper and remaining salt; simmer for 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until fresh vegetables are crisp-cooked, not soft. While the vegetables cook, lightly oil the bottom of a casserole dish.
  4. Slice polenta into 1/2 -inch rounds and arrange across the bottom of the casserole dish. When vegetables are cooked but not soft, spoon across top of polenta.
  5. Top with grated cheese and bake, uncovered, for 15 minutes.
  6. Serve plain or on a bed of wilted spinach.
Most Helpful

Delicious! I didn't have the polenta rounds, I made cooked polenta instead and just poured it in the bottom of the casserole dish, then piled the cooked vegetables and shredded cheese on top. Came out perfect. Thanks for the recipe! Made for ZWT8.

AlainaF August 10, 2012