Soft Polenta

Recipe by mersaydees
READY IN: 1hr 15mins




  • Bring 3 cups water to a full boil in a heavy pot. Simmer the remaining water close by.
  • Add the salt and rapidly stir the water with a whisk, creating a vortex. Continuing to stir constantly, add the polenta in a thin stream into the vortex.
  • Continue to stir after all the polenta has been added, then lower the heat to a simmer rather than a boil.
  • As the polenta thickens, replace the whisk with a long-handled wooden spoon.
  • Add the 1 cup of remaining water and continue to stir. Break up any lumps with the back of the spoon pressed against the pot.
  • Continue stirring the polenta, reaching to the bottom of the pot as necessary, until it gets thick and pulls away from the sides of the pot.
  • Taste the polenta to test tenderness; add additional water if necessary. The polenta can take 15 to 60 minutes to cook properly, depending on its type.
  • During the last 5 minutes of cooking, stir in the pepper and butter, then add the cheese.
  • Remove from heat.
  • If serving immediately, pour onto a large platter or into a bowl or individual dishes.