Microwave Polenta for Two

"This recipe is so fast and easy you can serve polenta as a side dish any time. When it is done cooking, you can swirl in one or more additional flavor builders such as a tablespoon of butter, a tablespoon or two of parmesan cheese, chopped chives, fresh-ground pepper, or a tablespoon or two of half-and-half. This makes two generous servings with no leftovers."
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  • Place polenta, water and salt in a 2-quart bowl.
  • Microwave on high for eight minutes, then stir.
  • If the polenta is not thick enough, return to microwave for two more minutes.
  • Add flavoring ingredients to suit you and your meal, such as butter, grated parmesan, pepper, fresh chives, and a little cream.

Questions & Replies

  1. For the "1/2 cup polenta", is that just cornmeal?


  1. I really enjoyed this easy-to-make polenta! After the specified 8 minutes of cooking, I whisked the polenta smooth then cooked another minute and it was perfect. As you suggested, I stirred in just a small amount of cream, then added some parmesan cheese and pepper. This made 2 very generous servings that could easily be stretched to 3. Topped with sauteed veggies and really enjoyed - thanks for sharing the recipe! Made for Spring Pick-A-Chef 2013
  2. I just uncovered my partial bag of polenta, and decided this was a good day for hot cereal-didn't hurt that there was a recipe for that on the bag. It made 4 servings on the stovetop, and I only wanted 1 serving, and didn't want to make a mess in a saucepan, or fry polenta slices for the next several days, and the freezer is FULL, so I googled microwave polenta and checked this recipe out. It cooked in 4 minutes and I did 1 cup water to 1/4 cup polenta. It was a bit thick, so next time I may add a bit more water, or milk. I have a 900 Watt microwave, btw. This is a really easy recipe, especially for someone who has never cooked it before, and you can have it ready very easily even at the last minute, and it's GOOD.
  3. Thank you for sharing this recipe! It's so much easier than standing over a hot pot stirring for 30 minutes and I like this texture better. I only cooked it for 6.5 minutes because it was looking kind of thick at that point. I added a tablespoon of butter and the same amount of parm. Next time I'll add more of each and maybe some garlic powder.


Hello from the Willamette Valley in Oregon, truly a land of milk and honey. Cooking is my favorite hobby, but as I still work full time, meals must taste great and be relatively healthy, but be quick to fix. There is not a lot of time for complicated, time-consuming recipes. I like to keep things simple while maintaining top flavor. Have recently re-discovered my big food processor and am enjoying letting it speed up the prep work wherever possible. <img src="http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg271/MrsTeny/Permanent%20Collection/PACSpring09Iwasadopted.jpg">
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