Creamy Parmesan Polenta with Sautéed Cherry Tomatoes and Fresh Mozzarella

Creamy Parmesan Polenta

Polenta is akin to Southern grits, so even though it’s Italian in origin, it resonates with Americans as stick-to-your ribs comfort food. Its thick, creamy, starchiness is perfect as a bed for rich braises and stews, or garnished with a sauce or vegetables that play off its nutty, minerally notes, polenta itself can the basis for a substantial meal.

Traditionally, polenta requires constant stirring for up to an hour. With the novel techniques this recipe employs, you’ll have a potful of flavorful polenta with far less work and much less time than if you had cooked the polenta the traditional way. A simple topping of sautéed cherry tomatoes and fresh mozzarella cheese turns the polenta into a hearty first course or a light main course (that’s vegetarian, to boot).

Total Cooking Time: 75

Preparation Time: 30

Active Cooking Time: 45

Make Ahead: Serve immediately

Yield: 4 servings

Difficulty: Easy