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What the Heck Do I Do With Polenta?!

Or you could get down with this super simple recipe ready in just 25 minutes…

Creamy Basil Polenta with Roasted Tomatoes

{Creamy Basil Polenta with Roasted Tomatoes}

And then there’s this unbelievably gorgeous dish with shrimp…

Shrimp with Pancetta and Peas over Soft Polenta via Taste Love & Nourish

{Shrimp with Pancetta and Peas over Soft Polenta}

Also. Can we just take a minute to appreciate this soup?

Chicken Tamale Soup via The Housewife in Training Files

{Chicken Tamale Soup}

Plus I found Polenta with Brussels Sprouts.

Polenta with Brussels Sprouts and Mushrooms via The View From Great Island

{Polenta with Brussels Sprouts and Mushrooms}

There are so many simple, beautiful dishes to choose from, so many terrific ideas! We will be having polenta with our supper. The hard part now is just which which meal to choose!

If you have more questions about polenta and what the heck do you do with it, please leave them in the comments. This is reference material!

ALSO. What other ingredients are you curious about? What would you like to buy but have no idea what you’d do with it? It doesn’t have to be complicated.

Just um… let me know I’m not totally alone when I don’t know what to do with something like… rutabagas.


Tuesday 25th of January 2022

I love grits never tried polenta but I am now. I recently found out that I have an allergy to wheat. Having to make changes in what I eat.


Saturday 23rd of November 2019

I just had some polenta left in the fridge. Today I was craving some sweet creamy corn meal mom used to make. I have been eating plant based for a while now. So here is my hack and it was perfect for the soul! I threw it in the blender with soy milk and a bit of brown sugar. When blended to perfection I simmered it in a small pot added vanilla and cinnamon. It was just awesome! Enjoy!

Heather Tullos

Sunday 24th of November 2019

Love it! Thanks, Alicia!


Wednesday 12th of April 2017

I've had some polenta in my cupboard for a while, wondering what I can use it for. Searching Pinterest I found your post which helped loads. Although now I can't decide which to try first! Thanks for sharing :)

Heather Tullos

Wednesday 12th of April 2017

Thanks for reading!


Monday 14th of December 2015

Oh I like you. I was just looking for a new idea for polenta for dinner tonight - but your writing voice is great. You're funny and smart. So I subscribed. I do love to cook - though I try to cook much leaner meals than I think you're maybe known for ? LOL - BUT your writing voice is fabulous - and I want to hear more of it. Thanks!

Heather Tullos

Tuesday 15th of December 2015

Hi Natasha! That is so nice!!! Thank you! I am so glad you subscribed! You may be surprised to know that some of my MOST popular recipes are lightened up comfort foods. These Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps have been #1 on this site since 2014. My Healthy Pumpkin Banana Bread is also in the top ten! If you are looking for some recipes to work in that fit on the lighter side I can definitely send you some links -- just let me know! I also just put together a series of recipes set to publish in 2016 that are majorly lightened up as well as heart healthy. I won't lie -- I do love butter and brownies. But I think there's a pretty good balance. Super happy to have you!


Saturday 28th of March 2015

Bacio catering is owned by by Daughter-in-law. Growing up in an Italian family my mother would cook polenta several ways and one of my favorite is to cook it rather soft. Pour a little red sauce in a 9x13 baking dish then add the polenta. Cut thin slices of soft Monterey Jack, cover and push it slightly into the polenta and when fully covered, pour the rest of the red sauce over all and sprinkle well with grated parmesan cheese. Cover with foil and bake for at least 20 minutes in a preheated oven at 350ยบ. A wonderful comfort food